The art education program at the University of Tennessee 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, Track 2). Certified art educators are licensed to teach kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12).
Students working toward teacher 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 rotation during the internship year.
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.
To review the current course catalog requirements for an undergraduate minor in art education please click here.
Joy G. Bertling, PhD., NBCT
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art Education and Program Coordinator