We offer a B.A. in Art Education for students who plan to become professional art educators.


In addition to the theory and practice of current approaches to teaching in diverse settings, the Art Education program offers an intensive study of the visual arts through studio courses, art history and art criticism. Students demonstrate competency in a variety of art forms and specialize in one area, leading to their senior thesis exhibit. Upon completion of the Education Department's requirements and a semester of student teaching, graduates learn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and Ohio Teacher Licensure in Visual Arts (PreK-12).


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Our comprehensive curriculum includes:


  • Comprehensive Art Education I and II
  • Artworld
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing I and II
  • 2-D Design
  • 3-D Design
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • World Art History
  • Art History Electives
  • Art Criticism
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Pre-Thesis
  • Thesis
  • Multi-age Visual Art Practicum
  • Student Teaching


Potential Careers:

A Bachelor of Arts  degree in Art Education may lead to several career options, including:

  • Multi-age art teacher (pre-school through high school)
  • Art school instructor
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Art supervisor
  • Cultural arts center instructor
  • Museum educator or docent
  • Private art teacher and
  • Senior center art coordinator

Real-World Experience:

Coupled with the field experiences built into the art education courses, students have opportunities to assist with summer art workshops for children, family art nights, and student art exhibitions. Membership in the Mount's Art Education Association and the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) facilitates a smooth transition from preparation to professional practice by promoting involvement in campus, regional, state and national art education activities. MSJ Art Education students regularly participate in the annual OAEA state conventions.


Success Story

Mary Baumgartner Sala, ’11 (Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, minor in Art History) is a passionate art educator who shares her knowledge and love of the visual arts with her students at Delhi Middle School in Cincinnati.  Her professional involvement in the Ohio Art Education Association as current co-chair of the Youth Art Month state-wide exhibition and Southwest Regional


Director-elect has recently earned her the 2019 OAEA Outstanding Art Teacher award for southwest Ohio.  As a professional artist, she creates and exhibits her art work in a variety of media.  Mary continually demonstrates her dedication to the field of art education and is an exceptional mentor teacher to the Mount’s pre-service art educators.


News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent Art Education program news and events; visit the Department of Art and Design page. 


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Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Dr. Michaelann Kelley, Ed.D.

Sylvia Dick


Susan Ruttle Lawrence 


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