Wayne State College
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Art Education Degree (PK-12)

About the Art Education Degree

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. You'll develop a strong foundation in design and drawing fundamentals. You'll have opportunities to display your art on campus, meet visiting artists, and gain studio experience. You'll learn about art history, and even visit galleries, museums, and graphic design firms to see artwork in action. The experience and skills you gain in the Art Education degree program will be priceless tools in taking the next step as an art teacher.

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A.
If you choose the Art Education field endorsement, you are not required to choose any other endorsements to receive your B.A.

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

Popular pairings: Theatre (7-12), Coaching (7-12), English as a Second Language (ESL)

Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Behavioral Sciences

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

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

Students love the Art Education degree program at Wayne State College. We offer classes ranging from art history, graphic design, and even different opportunities to see your own artwork in action on display. Small class sizes mean students are able to learn from not only an attentive faculty but from each other, too.


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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 with your Art Education degree.

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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


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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

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Potential Employers

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Art galleries and museums
  • Art supply stores
  • Theatre companies
  • Libraries
  • Camps
  • Publishing companies

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished professionals that have been recognized as experts in their fields. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Art Education degree program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your Art Education degree by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

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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
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  • 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.
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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your Art Education degree, 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 degree program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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