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Art Education Major


If your goal is to teach art to K-12 students, the art education major is the right choice for you. Our program combines fundamental art courses with the teacher education curriculum. It is designed not only to give you an exceptional foundation in art and art theory, but to ready you to pass your knowledge to students in a classroom.

To be eligible for an all-grade teaching license, you must take at least 54 credit hours in art, in addition to education courses. You can complete the program in four years. To make sure you stay on track, you'll have two academic advisers—one in the Department of Art and Design and one in the Teacher Education Department

Program strengths

  • UIndy’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Splitting time between the art and education programs, you'll learn the fundamentals of both disciplines.
  • Ability to enter the classroom within your first year, gaining experience very early on in your education.
  • Education courses teach you how to confidently enter a classroom, from lesson-planning to articulating your own unique approach to pedagogy.
  • Indianapolis has a large public school system, with a variety of school settings in which to gain experience

Art education might be for you if:

  • You love painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, photography or graphic design
  • You have a desire to teach in a classroom setting
  • You want to help others create and develop an appreciation for art

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as an art education major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The art education guide lists the classes you'll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.