Inspire generations of students with your passion for the arts by majoring in Art Education at the University of Central Missouri. Explore your own creative expression with studio art classes while learning the best methods for teaching art concepts and techniques.
As a major in Art Education at UCM, you’ll have access to many aspects of an art school experience. With ample studio time and art courses taught by our experienced faculty, you’ll acquire the skills for teaching art that are in high demand in school districts around Missouri — and the country.
UCM’s Art Education degree program offers a welcoming environment. Your learning and well-being will be supported by a close-knit community of artists and educators who truly care about your success and growth.
A respected Art Education degree
At UCM, we began training art teachers shortly after our founding in 1871. By majoring in Art Education at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll join a tradition of excellence that stretches back well over a century. Enjoy the best of modern tools and perspective backed by over 150 years of expertise in teacher training.
NASAD-accredited Art Education degree
Qualify to teach K–12 art classes
Gain in-person teaching experience
Small class sizes, tight-knit feel
Hone your skills in studio art courses
The course of study for a major in Art Education at UCM begins with laying a foundation of technical skills and art history. As you progress through the Art Education bachelor’s degree program, you’ll expand your expertise in different media while learning how to successfully connect with and educate K–12 students. Your junior and senior years include generous internship placements, ensuring that you have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience teaching art in a variety of real-world classrooms.
Majoring in Art Education at UCM offers you the chance to take both studio art and teacher training courses in nationally respected programs. Our Art Education program is recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Your classes may include:
Launching a career in teaching art requires hands-on experience as an educator as well as an artist. The University of Central Missouri emphasizes experiential learning in art courses and beyond. When you graduate with your Art Education bachelor’s degree from UCM, you’ll have the confidence and knowledge necessary to engage students effectively in your own classroom:
Your Art Education bachelor’s degree from UCM will qualify you to teach art classes throughout Missouri at any level, from kindergarten through high school. Demand for qualified art teachers is high, making it easier than ever to craft the career you want.
UCM’s strong network of alumni and supporters mentor our Art Education students, who have a reputation for excellence. Graduates regularly earn accolades such as Teacher of the Year and take on leadership roles in organizations such as the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA), an affiliate of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).
Learn more about jobs for Art Education majors
Teaching art is a career that offers many opportunities for you to refine your professional and creative goals. Whether you look forward to teaching all art forms to young children or providing highly skilled education in one medium to small classrooms of advanced students, your UCM Art Education degree will prepare you for success. Use our interactive tool below to discover more about art education jobs.
The University of Central Missouri has been offering affordable, high-quality degrees for art educators for more than 150 years. Our commitment to accessible education includes generous financial aid through scholarships, work-study programs, grants and awards.
A financial advisor will work with you to determine the best way to finance your college education. UCM has been recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranked university for low student debt.
In addition to university-wide resources, you may qualify for scholarships reserved for students majoring in Art Education, including:
Learn more about program- and school-specific funds by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
To take your career in teaching art even further, return to UCM for an advanced degree: