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The Art Education program at the University of Central Missouri is designed to simultaneously develop the artistic abilities, knowledge and thinking of the student, as well as the skills and understanding required for entry into the profession of teaching. The philosophy of the department is that art teachers should be dedicated to ongoing development of their knowledge of art and ability as artists, in addition to becoming skilled practitioners in the art of teaching.
The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). There is also Faculty Involvment in the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA). Art education is an important part of the art department with more than 100 students among last years 530+ art majors in the department having declared this as their major.
Students receive the Bachelor of Science in Education degree (BSE) which provides them with K-12 Missouri teaching certification in art. The courses that prepare the student specifically to be an art teacher are taken within the art department, while classes that deal with general knowledge and skills for teaching are taken within the College of Education.
Art education majors acquire a broad base of experience in studio art. For every student, this foundation includes multiple courses in drawing and design, as well as courses in painting, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, and printmaking. Students choose one area of emphasis in which they take an additional six credit hours. These additional classes serve to further develop the student’s potential as an artist through acquisition of more advanced knowledge and skill with one particular medium.
K-12 certification enables the graduate in art education to apply for teaching jobs at any grade level, elementary through high school. Historically, Central Missouri graduates have been in high demand, with better than 90 percent of students finding teaching jobs after their graduation for the next school year. Alumni are in positions of leadership and responsibility in many of the area’s top schools and art programs. In regard to job opportunities out of state, recent graduates have been successful in extremely competitive situations. Acquiring teaching certification in another state has not proven to be difficult.
Please refer to the Art Education Four Year Plan for more information on the program.