Art Education

Art education

teacher in art classroom

Art Education Overview

Art education is a professional, career-oriented program that prepares students for positions as educators and artists in the community. Graduates of the WMU art education program occupy leadership positions in schools, colleges and universities, non-profit arts organizations, art museums and professional associations. By integrating studio skills with knowledge of historical and contemporary arts, critical theory, learning theory and pedagogical practice, the art education curriculum guides students to a deep understanding of the creative process and the personal and cultural value of visual expression. Students engage in pre-internship teaching experiences through the Saturday Morning Art program and service learning in the community. Successful completion of the art education program, including a fifth-year of internship in the schools, can lead directly to K-12 teacher certification and the visual arts education endorsement and/or to graduate studies.

For information regarding art education please contact the Frostic School of Art at (269) 387-2436 or Christina Chin.

Courses with Clinical Experiences

Please note: You must complete your background check prior to any clinical experience. 

Art 3250 Art, Education and Child Development

Seven contact hours. This clinical experience is part of the course requirements. There is not an application because you will register yourself for the course.

Art 4520 Art, Education and Adolescent Development

Seven contact hours. This clinical experience is part of the course requirements. There is not an application because you will register yourself for the course.

Art 5520 Art Education Practicum

Twenty eight contact hours. This clinical experience is part of the course requirements. There is not an application because you will register yourself for the course.

ED 4750 Intern Teaching

Full time in a classroom. Apply one year ahead in Tk20. The Office of Clinical Experiences will register you for this course. You may NOT register yourself. See deadlines for dates.