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.
Students must seek advising in the Gwen Frostic School of Art advising office.
Portfolio reviews for admission into the B.F.A. in art education program will be held in the spring semester of the freshman year, and will be applicable for admission in the fall semester of the sophomore year. To learn about admission to the professional education program and how to apply, visit admissions requirements and application.