The Art Education program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education. IUP is nationally recognized for teacher education. The Art Education program embraces its rich history and seeks to prepare innovative, engaged artists, teachers, and scholars. The program has special emphases on digital visual culture, digital technologies and new media art, early childhood art education, community-based art education, and special populations. The Art Education program houses the Dr. Howard Russell Resource Library, the Digital Visual Study Space and mobile Makerspace, and a national award-winning Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association.
BSED students in the Art Education major learn practical skills and concepts that prepare them for careers as art educator. Students graduate with Pennsylvania Level 1 Certification, which allows them to teach in any Pennsylvania K-12 Public School. In addition, they gain the experience and training that allows them to teach visual arts in museum education programs, as well as community-based art settings.
The Art MA, Art Education Track is designed for in-service art educators. Students take classes online during the academic year and create art using a variety of media during a three-week, summer intensive studio session. MA students complete an independent research project that enables them to integrate their research into their current teaching practice. The MA program fulfills the requirements for PDE Level II Certification.