Art Education Major

Towson University’s art education program is recognized nationally for the depth and breadth of coursework that prepares future art teachers.

Towson University offers a five-year Bachelor of Science degree in art education, consisting of core requirements, professional education requirements, and art + design, art history, art education and art-specific reading courses. A key text used in the program, Becoming an Art Teacher, is authored by Towson University Professor Emeritus Jane Bates.

Admission Requirements

The art education program is a screened major. Admission into the university and into the Department of Art + Design does not guarantee admission into the major. Students in the program receive certification enabling them to teach art in Maryland in grades PK-12 with certification reciprocity with nearly all 50 states. View admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

The entire program is approximately 142 credits with the art education block completed in the last three semesters of the program. Program graduates are highly sought as teachers throughout the state of Maryland as well as throughout the country. View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Student Teaching

You receive dual certification for teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. Spend 7 weeks as an intern in an elementary setting (teaching grades K-5) and 7 weeks in a secondary setting (teaching in a middle or high school setting). At the same time, take a professional seminar one night a week to discuss the student teaching experience and prepare for employment.

Professional and Student Organizations

Towson University’s art education program actively participates in both the state (Maryland Art Education Association) and national (National Art Education Association) art education associations. Towson University has an active NAEA student chapter that sponsors meetings, fundraisers, field trips and group trips to conferences. Chapter faculty sponsor Kay Broadwater recently presented to NAEA and is chair of higher education on the MAEA Council.