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.
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 and Course Descriptions
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 and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.
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.