Art Education at Messiah College
While earning an accredited Bachelor Degree (B.S.) in art education, you will create and explore art in a 21st century context, and experience hands-on classroom experience before graduation.
As an art education major at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., you have the distinct opportunity to become an artist educator--studying two critical subjects that comprise the degree: education and studio art.
Art education major distinctives
Why art education at Messiah College?
- Accredited- Messiah College is accredited by the National Association of School of Art and Design (NASAD) and the art education program is approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
- Proven- Cooperating teachers routinely comment that our art education majors are among the best prepared pre-service teachers they have worked alongside. 100 percent of our graduates pass the subject-specific Praxis II certification exam.
- Artist as educator curriculum- Messiah's art education program differs from many other programs though a curriculum design built upon the artist as educator model. We believe that developing a studio practice is an integral part of being an art educator.
- Faculty- Our faculty and students form a dynamic community of inquirers and teachers. Faculty will work closely with you throughout your studies. In addition, art educators from Central Pennsylvania participate in the art education program as cooperating teachers.
- Facilities- You have access to a large all-purpose teaching room equipped with current educational technology; 11 specialized studio spaces include two all-purpose studio spaces, graphics, printmaking, fibers, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and senior studios; The Aughinbaugh Art Gallery, Climenhaga Galleries, High Center Galleries, Student Gallery; permanent Collection Study Room / Interdisciplinary Study Room; and Murray Library which houses a a current collection of both arts and education texts, videos, and periodicals curated by department of art and art education faculty.
- Cultural resources- The cultural resources of our area also provide opportunities to enrich and expand your studies. Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City are all easily accessible.
Career options for art education majors
As a graduate of the art education program, students are equipped to secure jobs in many arts and education contexts such as:
- Public and Private Schools
- International Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- Community Programs
- State Arts Councils
- Entrepreneurial Programs / Businesses
- Traditional jobs associated with area of studio concentration (i.e. graphics, illustration, etc.)
Internship and teaching opportunities for art education majors
Messiah’s art education program includes carefully designed learning experiences in K-12 public schools, including:
- Saturday Art School
- Sophomore Field Experience
- Junior Field Experience
- Senior Professional Semester
Program emphasis- education and studio art
Messiah College's art education degree program combines studio art and art education to prepare well-rounded artists and art educators. Art education majors are fully trained as artists and are required to take the same number of studio courses (one is optional) as studio art majors. Through choosing a concentration in graphic design and digital art, three-dimensional or two-dimensional studies, you develop ideas and skills necessary for work as a professional artist.
In addition to training in studio art, this program is also considered the professional degree for teaching art. Upon completing your art education degree, you're certified to teach art in both elementary and secondary levels in public or private settings in Pennsylvania and beyond.
As a student here, you’ll thrive in a highly rewarding, yet demanding environment—one that also integrates faithful stewardship of your creative gifts by encouraging and supporting you to explore the artistic process as well as deepening your own ways of responding to works of art.
Preparation and hands-on learning
As an art education major, you'll get plenty of hands-on learning experience throughout the degree program. You'll not only complete required teaching experiences in elementary, middle and high schools, but you'll also have the opportunity to get involved with regional museums or galleries, assisting with their community arts programs. And each fall, you will prepare and teach Saturday morning art classes for children from nearby school districts.
When you finish your art education degree, you’ll see the positive results of all your hard work: our students maintain a 100 percent pass rate on the subject-specific Praxis II examination. And, 100 percent of our graduates of state-certified teachers--most obtain full-time teaching jobs.