Art teachers are prepared to teach children from kindergarten through grade 12. Students major in art complete a professional sequence in art education.

The art teacher candidate will: 

Demonstrate their knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the arts and competence in teaching K-12 grade students two-and three dimensional art, art history, criticism and aesthetics.

Establish an environment that is purposeful and equitable with high expectations of students both in work and conduct by maintaining a supportive relationship with all students by instilling a belief that they can succeed in art education.

Utilize knowledge of content and pedagogical theory to engage K-12 grade students in learning art content through a variety of strategies ranging from simple reproductions, and graphic demonstrations to “essay-style” homework, class exhibitions, projects, and utilizing traditional tools as well as modern technologies.

Use a variety of means, providing feedback to K-12 grade students to assist learning and adjust instructional strategies.

Demonstrate qualities of a scholar-practitioner within and beyond the classroom, with students and colleagues as well as members of the community


IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL CERTIFICATION STUDENTS: At the end sophomore year, students must officially apply to the Education Department through their advisor and attend a candidacy review meeting. In order to apply, students must have 48 credits, have at least a 3.0 GPA; successfully passed SKW 101, SKQ 101, a math course, and a literature course; AND students must also pass the PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) or the CORE Basic Skills Tests in reading, writing, and math. 

For prospective students from Slippery Rock University, they will meet with Carlow's Director of Student Teaching and Field Placement and Ms. June Edwards of Slippery Rock for a candidacy review to ensure they are on track for student teaching and certification at Carlow after graduation.


•  Score a 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms

•  Pass the PRAXIS art content knowledge exam

•  Apply for certification at the following website:

TIMS Website:


Art with art education certification is a professional program offered in conjunction with the Education Department. It requires a minimum of 44 credits in art and a series of required courses in education and art education. Upon successful completion of the program, the student may receive certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a teacher of art, grades
K through 12.

Bachelors of Arts in Art Education Course Information

Course Requirements: 42 credits
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus



Sequential and systematic exposure and training in age appropriate methods, materials, and techniques for elementary art programs. Students gain theoretical knowledge in art education theory, developmental stages of artistic growth, and in the structuring and maintenance of a comprehensive elementary art program. Field placement required.


Eight weeks of full-time teaching in an elementary (K–6) art room and eight weeks in a secondary (7–12) art room under the direct supervision of the cooperating teacher and university supervisors. Verification of competence will be determined jointly by the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. The seminar will include the development of topics particularly pertinent to this experience: school law, professional organizations, evaluation, school-based relationships, strategies for teaching, classroom management, development of assessment strategies, and preparation for employment. (12 credits)

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.