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 extensive studio coursework, art history,  art education, and art-specific reading courses. Art Education is a dual major in Art + Design and Art Education. 

Admission Requirements

The art education program is a screened major. Screening takes place one time per year on the 3rd Friday of September.  Admission into the university and into the Department of Art + Design does not guarantee admission into the major. Students in the program are eligible for certification enabling them to teach art in grades PreK-12. View admission requirements.

Community Partnerships

Towson University’s art education program’s long-standing partnership with New Song Academy, a Baltimore City Public School is an integral service learning component in essential course work in the major. Additionally, our students work with numerous public schools and community organizations in the Baltimore region. 

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

The entire program is approximately 139 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 and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.


During the final semester of the program each student will spend 7 weeks as an intern in an elementary setting (teaching grades PreK-5) and 7 weeks teaching in a middle or high school setting. At the same time, students take a professional seminar one night a week to discuss the internship experience and prepare for employment. The assessment edTPA is also required during the internship semester.

Professional and Student Organizations

Towson University’s art education program actively participates in both the state (Maryland Art Education Association) and NAEA (National Art Education Association). Towson University has an active NAEA student chapter that sponsors meetings, service opportunities, fundraisers, field trips, and group trips to conferences.

Towson University’s NAEA student chapter has received numerous national awards for their service including the NAEA Outstanding Student Chapter Award. Emeritus Professor, Dr. Kay Broadwater, was honored as the recipient of the 2020 NAEA National Preservice Chapter Sponsor Award of Excellence.

Questions may be direct to the Art Education Undergraduate Area Coordinator, Dr. Diane Kuthy

Take a Tour

Undergraduate guided tours of the department are offered by appointment.  Self-guided tours are available any weekday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Stop by the Art Office, CA 3103 and ask for a self-guided tour map. M.Ed. graduate tours are available by appointment with the director, Dr Diane Kuthy