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Art Education Degree (PK-12)

A Degree in Art Education

You have a passion for art and a desire to share its beauty with younger generations. With an art education degree from Wayne State College, 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 in the art education program at Wayne State College will be priceless tools in taking the next step in your career as an art teacher.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

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.

Hours required:
For endorsement: 59
For professional education: 33-36
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Theatre (7-12), Early Childhood Education (PK-3), Coaching (7-12)

Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Counseling

Departments: Art and Design, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Art Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your art teaching degree.

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.

art education degree skills

Skills Learned

  • 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


art education degree careers

Possible Careers

  • 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

Employers of art education majors

Potential Employers

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Art galleries and museums
  • Art supply stores
  • Camps and community programs
  • Libraries
  • Publishing companies
  • Photography studios
  • Interior design firms
  • Auction houses


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 87% 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 art education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

Art Shows and Exhibitions

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.
  • ArtsWalk
art education program activities


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time as a subsitute art teacher during your junior year.
  • 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.
student teaching for art education majors

Clinical Practice

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 in the art education program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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