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Visual Arts Education K-12 Major

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This degree will launch you into a rewarding career as an artist who teaches and fulfill all necessary requirements for Visual Art K–12 teaching licensure. Classes in studio art, art history, and education will train you to develop your students' imagination, creativity and ability to express themselves through art materials.

Why should I study visual arts education?

Choosing to be a teacher of art is a forever rewarding adventure. Sharing the wonder and discovery of making art with students allows you to continue to explore art personally while encouraging and facilitating an understanding of art in your students. Because creative activity is a normal and necessary behavior of human beings, it should be encouraged and developed in everyone.

A Visual Arts Education K–12 degree from Bethel University prepares you to nurture creative abilities, artistic skills, and insights in students of all ages. You will learn how to develop challenging visual problems and design curriculum that encourages learners to think deeply and to use art techniques to share their ideas. This will include guiding students in appreciating the visual arts in relation to history, culture, and evolving media.

In your education classes, you will learn how to manage a classroom effectively so creative learning takes place in interesting and motivating ways that are appropriate for students in Kindergarten through grade 12. You will make a difference in young peoples' lives.

What can I do with this degree?

Bethel graduates are well equipped to find fulfilling jobs as art teachers. Our alumni teach art in public, private and charter schools around the country and even abroad. Here are just a few of the places they are currently teaching art:

  • Anoka Public Schools
  • Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis
  • Brainerd Public Schools
  • Roseville Public Schools
  • Mounds View Public Schools
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Ecole Moser: Geneva, Switzerland
  • New Millennium Academy, Minneapolis
  • Legacy Christian Academy, Andover
  • Chaska Public Schools
  • North Branch Public Schools
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Community School of Excellence Charter School, St. Paul
  • Beacon Academy, Maple Grove

What skills will I develop?

  • Your own personal creative skills, techniques and ideas in a variety of media, because being a working artist is also central to being an art educator
  • Leadership and motivation skills that will help you manage a classroom effectively so that creative learning can take place
  • Skills in planning and executing lessons that combine art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics
  • How to teach art as a visual language through which human beings communicate

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Practice teaching a variety of age groups in classrooms K–12
  • Work with master teachers who will mentor you and share their expertise
  • Develop friendships and a network of contacts with other art educators
  • Experience the dynamic relationships between teachers and students

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