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Art Education Major

Become a certified art teacher

Are you gifted with artistic abilities such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics or more? Do you enjoy working with children and sharing your knowledge with others? You should consider becoming an art teacher in public or private schools.

SBU offers an art education degree program that will equip you to become certified to teach art at all grade levels K-12. You will be exposed to a variety of art mediums and hone your artistic talents while also learning the foundations of teaching philosophies.

The Art Education degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Major Map (PDF)

Degree Plan

Student to Faculty

(Benefit from small class sizes with a 9:1 student:faculty ratio, enabling you to receive individualized instruction and guidance.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Learn a variety of art skills, including painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics.
  • Benefit from highly qualified faculty in both the art and education academic areas.
  • Field experience opportunities beginning as early as your freshman year and a student teaching experience in your senior year will give you valuable, real-world experience.

Faith Integration

SBU's Art program is intentional about the integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. You will learn how faith influences how we see the world and how art provides a platform by which we can communicate our faith and worldview. Faith discussions are woven into course material for all art education degree programs. For example, art history courses examine the impact of Christian history on famous and influential art pieces.

Additionally, you will learn how you can use your God-given artistic abilities to make a difference. At SBU, you will have the opportunity to incorporate art with missions and will be challenged to consider how faith influences art. With faith integrated into your education, becoming an art teacher at SBU will mean so much more!

Jake Williams
"SBU academics gave me a great foundation and helped me learn to be a professional. They really challenged me to be the best teacher I can be."
Jake Williams '13
Art teacher at Ozark High School (Mo.)

Additional information for Art Education students

Driskill Art Gallery

The University Gallery provides students with hands-on opportunities in curating exhibits, hanging shows and displaying their own work. Additionally, the Driskill Art Gallery hosts regional artists throughout each academic year.

Student Missouri State Teachers Association

As an art education major, you are encouraged to join SBU's chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) to benefit from professional development and networking opportunities as you prepare for your future teaching career.


You may submit an art portfolio to apply for an art performance scholarship.

Additionally, there are several privately funded art scholarships for which you may apply, including the Dunnegan Scholarship and the Earl & Gloria Shell and Sharon Shell Garrison Scholarship.

Art Education Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

ART 1103 Design 3
ART 1203 Drawing I 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 2203 Drawing II 3
ART 2003 Photography I 3
ART 2033 Painting I 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
FAR 1013 Introduction to Art 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

ART 2013 Ceramics I 3
ART 2803 Art History I 3
ART 3033 Painting II 3
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

ART 2813 Art History II 3
ART 2023 Sculpture I 3
ART 2703 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
EDU 2113 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 2141 Field Experience Level 1 1
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
EDU 3333 Principles & Methods of Secondary Instruction 3
EDU 3341 Field Experience II 1
ART 3003 Life Drawing (recommended) or elective 3
ART 3103 Printmaking 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

  ART elective (upper level) 3
ART 3813 Fibers 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
EDU 3613 Content Area Literacy 3
EDU 2823 Technology for Educators 3
EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
Total hours 18


Fall Semester

ART 4001 Senior Seminar 1
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
EDU 4512 Methods of Teaching Art 2
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  Cultural Studies 2-3
EDU 3043 Learner Development and the Classroom 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
Total hours 17-18

WinterFest or Summer

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3

Spring Semester

EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners 2
EDU 4623 Teaching Diverse Learners 3
EDU 4959 Student Teaching K-12 10
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Art Education Plan (PDF)