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Art EducationAre you an artist who thrives when teaching others? Are you an artist who would like to teach children and teens how to express themselves through art? Do you have an engaging and open personality and enjoy speaking to groups of people?

You may have a future teaching art in schools! Art Education is founded upon the conviction that art is essential to learning. Creating art cultivates self-expression, imagination, and creativity as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Degree Offered

  • BA in Art Education

About Art Education

The Art Education program at Converse is designed to prepare future art teachers and refines their appreciation for art, teaching, and children. It prepares students in techniques for creative expression, in the production of effective and stimulating lesson plans, and in understanding current developmental theories of child art. We are Artists, Researchers and Teachers.

  • Established reputation of training superior art teachers
  • High rate of employment upon graduation
  • Fully qualified faculty with experience in classroom teaching and preparation for required testing for certification to teach

Art Education ClassroomStudent Teaching

Converse art education students invest more than 100 hours of clinical experience in grades preK-12. During the final term of the degree program, students teach for a semester in both elementary and secondary classrooms with certified public school art teachers. This student teaching experience develops your ability to work with children and youth who have various interests, skills and abilities.

Service Learning

Art education students have the opportunity to support community outreach programs while applying their education. Recent partnerships include creating a mural for Miracle Hill Rescue Mission, and volunteering with COLORS Inner-City Youth Art Studio.

Professional Affiliations

Converse encourages membership in the student chapter of the National Art Education Association.

Art EducationConverse’s art education curriculum prepares you for certification in art at the elementary through secondary school levels. Our goal is to develop art educators who are also competent artists that exhibit creativity and skill in a variety of studio media nad demonstrate the ability to conduct research into educational practice and creativity.

You will learn how to plan lessons and units as well as design art curriculum that aligns with the South Carolina Art Frameworks and the National Standards of Art. An important aspect of the program is the emphasis placed on evaluation during curriculum development, instructional planning, and implementation.

BA in art education

To become certified in art education (preK-12), a student must complete the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art Education and pass the Praxis II exam.

For full course requirements, see the academic catalog.

What are common careers in art education?

  • Art teachers in public or private schools

What are art education alumnae doing?

Converse-trained art teachers are in public and private schools all over South Carolina and beyond. Our program is the proven standard for supplying classroom-ready, fully certified school art teachers with experience in current classroom issues, methods and technology.

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