Art Education

A visual arts education provides academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement and equitable opportunity. We strive to advance visual arts education by providing an outstanding program that produces effective teachers, advocates for art and design education, and educational leaders in PreK-12 schools, museums and enrichment programs. We are strong advocates for art and design education.

Bachelor of Fine Art in Art Education

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education prepares students for Ohio preK-12 Visual Art Licensure. Graduates effectively teach visual art by applying a learner-centered pedagogy to embrace the many dimensions of human intelligence and aesthetic education. Graduates understand child development to successfully engage learners in the complete artistic process of thinking— perceptual, imaginative, formative, expressive and communicative--by combining a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas. They organize and evaluate teaching activities for creating and analyzing works of art and design from contemporary times and past cultures. This involves using a variety of media, technology and community resources, making connections between visual art and other disciplines, as well as assessing the learning outcomes of their students. Graduates are prepared to meet the needs of all students with an understanding of the value of diversity. They create safe, inclusive and equitable learning environments in which to nurture life-long skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and constructing meaning.

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Master of Art in Art Education (100% On-line or Hybrid)

Art teachers who complete an art education master’s degree at Kent State University develop a focused competence in the visual arts as well as an intellectual understanding of the history and current issues of the field of art education. Students complete a course examining various research methods and methodologies, then select to do a research study with a thesis or a master’s project option. The thesis culminates in a document based on scholarly research on an art education-related topic. The master’s project involves action research, focusing on participant/researcher studies in curriculum, classroom settings, grant implementation and/or community-based projects.

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