You have a passion for art and a desire to share its beauty with younger generations. With a degree in art education from Wayne State, you’ll expand your creativity while also learning how to become an art teacher. Develop a strong foundation in design and drawing fundamentals with opportunities to display your art on campus, meet visiting artists, get studio experience, learn art history, and even visit galleries, museums, and/or graphic design firms to see artwork in action. The experience and skills you gain at Wayne State will be priceless tools in taking the next step in your career as an art teacher.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
If you choose the art education field endorsement, you are not required to choose any other endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.
For endorsement: 59
For professional education: 33-36
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.
- Teaching and instruction
- Classroom management and leadership
- Presentation and public speaking
- Advanced drawing techniques
- Pottery and ceramics by hand and throwing wheel
- Sculpting with clay, wood, metal, and stone
- Painting with acrylic, oil, watercolor and mixed media
- Printmaking and etching
- History of art throughout the ages
- Digital imaging and technology in graphic design
- Creative communication and expression
- Critical thinking and observation
- Elementary art teacher
- Middle school art teacher
- High school art teacher
- Art therapist
- Studio artist
- Art director
- Illustrator or cartoonist
- Stage / set designer
- Art museum curator
- Gallery owner or associate
- Art critic
- Elementary schools
- Middle schools
- High schools
- Colleges and universities
- Art galleries and museums
- Art supply stores
- Camps and community programs
- Publishing companies
- Photography studios
- Interior design firms
- Auction houses
Learn From the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
- WSC Art Club
- WSC Art Education Club
- National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
- National Art Education Association (NAEA)
- Nebraska Art Teachers Association
- Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
- Wayne Student Education Association of Nebraska (WSEAN)
- Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
- Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA)
Shows and Exhibits
- Senior art exhibit – As a senior, you’ll get the chance to share your artwork on campus at the Nordstrand Art Gallery
- Juried student exhibit – This art show takes place at the end of each spring semester, where your work is reviewed, judged, and prizes awarded.
- Visiting Artist Program – Regionally or nationally recognized artists display their work in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery in media that build upon art and design courses.
- Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
- Art sales – At the end of the semester, you will have the opportunity to sell your own artwork. You’ll be involved in organizing, advertising, scheduling, and handling all art sales.
- Trips, workshops, and more – Visit galleries, museums, and graphic design firms. Participate in visiting artist workshops and critiques, help with Art Day festivities, and help promote art to youth through the high school outreach program.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Before graduating with your degree to teach art, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with a teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.