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Encouraging Young Artists

By pursuing a major in Art Education at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be qualified to teach art to students in grades K-12. You’ll learn how to develop and implement an engaging art curriculum. Our graduates are employed in all of the major school districts within the region.

Teachers and Artists

We believe that art teachers should be artists as well as teachers. The art education program at UCM is designed to develop artistic abilities, understanding of the student, and the requirements of the teaching profession. Art Education students get hands-on experience leading Gallery Kids, a twice-a-semester community outreach in conjunction with the Gallery of Art & Design.

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Dr. Mick Luehrman

Program Coordinator

Dr. Mick Luehrman received his Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches art education and studio foundation courses. He is a practicing sculptural paper artist. Luehrman is a past President of the Missouri Art Education Association and served on the MAEA state council for fourteen years. He taught elementary art in the Knob Noster school district for 10 years. His research is in the area of principals' perceptions of art in the public schools, children’s artistic development, and fiber arts. He's a Byler Distinguished Faculty awardee. In addition to his work in visual art, Dr. Luehrman is also active as a singer, songwriter, and musician.

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