This is an exciting time for you as you investigate the next step in your education. We know you have a lot of choices and are pleased you have chosen to investigate the Kent State University School of Art and art education. Notice we said the School of Art. That's important, because we believe our graduates are artists first, and teachers second. You will have the opportunity to not only prepare yourself for the Pre-K - 12 art classroom, but will also immerse yourself in a variety of studio art courses and even will be encouraged to develop a focus in one. And this focus on the "art" in art teacher is only the beginning of what sets us apart.
As one of the largest art education programs in Ohio, we have four full-time faculty members. Therefore, you will learn under the direction and guidance of faculty with backgrounds in a variety of research areas in our field. Therefore, allowing you the opportunity to develop your own personal teaching philosophy. Current faculty research interests range from design education to gender studies, teaching art to students with autism, and global art education.
Animated and enthusiastic instruction in art education with class sizes under twenty-five students provides you with personal attention and feedback on your growth and learning. You will get out in the field early and often in your college experience. From teaching community young people in art enrichment classes on campus, to teaching detained youth at area detention centers and students with special needs, and working directly with area art educators in their classrooms you will be well prepared to move on to your twelve week student teaching experience. As a liberal arts university, Kent State prides itself on our well-rounded and truly educated graduates. You will take courses in a variety of academic disciplines that will complement your art studies.
With a strong student chapter of the National Art Education Association, you will have the opportunity to participate in both the national and the state annual conventions, creating friendships and establishing mentoring relationships that can help in your career search as well as graduate school possibilities.
Guidance through the entire process with several advisors from the Art Education program, the School of Art, the College of the Arts and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services will assist you in making choices that will help you reach your goals. At the completion of your course of study, our Career Services Center will work with you to secure your first teaching position. The Center has a staff whose specific focus is on the placement of KSU education graduates. (This support is available throughout your life as an alumna of KSU!)
We are excited about art education and are eager to share our excitement with you. Consider scheduling a tour of the School of Art and meeting with a member of the Art Education program faculty.