Department of Art

Department of Art + Design,
Art History, Art Education

Art Education Major

Art Education is a screened major. Use the hyperlink on the left to access the prerequisites and procedures for screening that takes place yearly in September.

art education student presentation and group project

Towson University offers a 5-year BS degree in Art Education, consisting of Core requirements, professional education requirements, Art + Design, Art History, Art Education and art-specific reading courses. The program is recognized nationally in the study of Art Education as one providing both depth and breadth. One of the textbooks used in the Art Education sequence is, Becoming an Art Teacher by Dr. Jane Bates of Towson University, Professor Emeritus of Towson University.

The Art Education program is a screened major. Admission into the university and into the Department of Art + Design does not guarantee admission into the Art Education major

Students in the Art Education program receive certification enabling them to teach art in Maryland in grades PK-12, we also have reciprocity with nearly all 50 states. In addition to meeting the Core requirements (45 credits), students complete Art Education and professional education requirements for 97 credits. The entire program is approximately 142 credits. The Art Education block is taken in the last three semesters of the program.

Students graduating for the program are highly sought after throughout the state of Maryland, as well as in other states throughout the country.

Learning goals for Art Education include:

  • Develop skills in the making of art using a wide range of media and processes applicable within the PK-12 grade range.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of art through time and place, as applicable in PK-12 Art Education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of art criticism and aesthetics as applicable in PK-12 Art Education.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan for art instruction through the design of unit plans, lesson plans, and activities applicable within the PK-12 range.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach age appropriate concepts and processes to PK-12 art learners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess one’s own performance as a pre-service teacher and the performance of one’s PK-12 learners in various educational settings.


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Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
Center for the Arts, Room 3103 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2808
Fax: 410-704-2810




by Jenny Reid

For more examples of art education student work, visit our student portfolio.



• Read about the ARED Screening Process.





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