Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Art Education

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, as they work in public and private schools, art museums, community centers, and other agencies and institutions. The program is actively engaged with the intersections of studio practice, visual and material culture, curriculum and pedagogy, critical and creative thinking, digital technologies, histories of art and art education, art museum education, and arts-based and practice-based inquiry.

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. They then complete the Professional Year—graduate coursework and a yearlong internship that leads to a master’s degree (M.S. Track 2). Certified art educators are licensed to teach kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12).

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The Track 1 Master of Science serves those students who have a bachelor’s degree and desire a master’s degree, but do not wish to pursue certification to teach art, or who already have certification to teach art and wish to pursue a master’s.

Add-On Certification

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.




Advising Webpage Undergraduate Catalog
Art Education Advising Guide Art Education Minor Catalog Page
MS Degree Degree Program Page
Track 1 Art Education Master of Science Track 1
Track 2 Art Education Master of Science Track 2
Add On Add on Certification

For More Information contact:

Joy Bertling, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Art Education

109 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3400
Phone: 865-974-8602



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