The Art Education major at Messiah College leads to a B.S. degree with teaching certification (k-12) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is a demanding program with 128 credits necessary for graduation, but one that students have found very rewarding and an excellent preparation for a teaching career. The program combines the strength of two different areas, studio art and education.
The Art Education major will complete the exact curriculum as the studio major which includes choosing a concentration (as listed above) and completing the senior exhibition experience. In addition art education majors take the required education curriculum and art education curriculum as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) who has accredited this major. The Art education major will matriculate through the major finishing with their professional semester of student teaching in the spring of their senior year. Students in this program often take summer courses during their four years, so that they will not have to carry a maximum load of credits most semesters. Art Education majors are also required to take the appropriate Praxis tests required by the PDE.