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Art Education

The art education program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville prepares students as artist-teachers and leaders in the field of art education. Graduates go on to serve in formal and informal educational settings, such as public and private schools, art museums, community centers, and other art agencies and institutions.

Path to Teaching Certification

To achieve licensure to teach, students earn a B.A. or B.F.A. in studio art along with a minor in art education. Then they complete the Professional Year—graduate coursework and a yearlong internship that leads to a master’s degree (Master of Science, Art Education Professional Internship Concentration). Certified art educators are licensed to teach kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12).

Add-On Certification

Those with licensure in another discipline may add art as an additional certification. Coursework in art history, studio art, and art education will be required along with a practicum experience.

UTK Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association

Student chapter members plan meetings with topics of interest to future art teachers and participate in art-related community service events throughout the year. Membership in the group is contingent upon membership in the National Art Education Association. Events include participation in the Dogwood Arts Festival Chalk Walk, the Very Special Arts Festival, and attendance at state and national conferences.

Click here to review the current course catalog requirements for an undergraduate minor in art education


Joy G. Bertling, assistant professor of art education