Major to Career: Art Education Composite

As an Art Education Composite Major you will learn how to teach art and art appreciation programs at various educational levels. The program begins with courses specific to the subject matter. In upper level courses, the focus shifts to lesson planning, instructional techniques for communicating the subject matter, assessment and evaluation techniques, and supervision and discipline strategies. The final phase of the program is an on-site student teaching practicum. You will first observe an experienced teacher work with students at your selected educational level. You will work with the supervising teacher to plan your lessons, and then you will teach those lessons to the students. The supervising teacher provides ongoing advice, support, and evaluation of your performance at this time. (

Art Teachers usually have a 4-year bachelor's degree in Art or Fine Arts with an emphasis in education. Professional artists may be able to substitute extensive experience for a degree, but still may be required to complete a year-long education training program that includes such classes as child psychology, teaching methods, classroom management and foundations of education. Art Teachers must hold state licensure to teach at public schools. (

Art Teachers must be skilled in various art genres and with numerous materials in order to teach a range of art styles. They must have knowledge of art history and an understanding of abstract concepts. Art Teachers also must be able to spot and cultivate talent and help all students discover their creativity. (

  • Have good health and physical stamina
  • Be able to work well with others
  • Have good organizational skills
  • Be motivated to help others succeed
  • Have excellent Communication Skills
  • Be a Leader
  • Teacher, Elementary School
  • Teacher, Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher, Physically Impaired
  • Teacher, Visually Impaired
  • Teacher, Emotionally Impaired
  • Teacher, Mentally Impaired
  • Teacher, Vocational Training
  • Children's Tutor
  • Artist
  • Recreation Leader
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College of Education & Human Development Academic Discovery Center

Location: Hinckley 309

Phone: 208-496-9850

College of Performing and Visual Arts Academic Discovery Center
Location: Manwaring 376
Phone: 208-496-9870


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