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Exhibit your love of art in the classroom or in the community

It all begins with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Edinboro University. This new interdisciplinary program not only allows you to earn a K-12 teaching certification, but also gives you the opportunity to share your talents in the community while you stand up for social justice.

Thanks to a well-balanced curriculum, you will grow as an artist and an educator. You’ll gain a breadth of art-studio skills and in-depth knowledge in a medium of your choice. You will experience coursework that includes drawing, design, studio arts, art history, art education and digital visual culture. If you opt for the Community Arts concentration, you can also explore other topics that interest you such as sociology, anthropology and communication.

As an Art Education major, you will enjoy field experiences that range from classroom teaching to internships with community and non-profit organizations. Along the way, you will become comfortable working with people from all backgrounds, including those in struggling communities, individuals with mental or physical disabilities and victims of racial, domestic or commercial exploitation and abuse.

You will graduate prepared to take the National Teacher Examination or to tackle the rewarding work of a community arts professional.

Expert Faculty

expert faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Talented Students

talented students

Student competitions, gallery exhibitions and portfolio development help students prepare for life as professional artists. With the knowledge and skills they gained at EU, graduates enjoy success across the U.S. and around the world.

A Place to Create

a place to create

Edinboro students thrive in an exciting, artistic environment. Visiting artists provide inspiration, student organizations offer support, and exceptional studio facilities enable them to develop their own personal aesthetic.

Edinboro University’s Art Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Why choose Edinboro?

The B.S. Art Education is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, Edinboro University has a long-standing history of educating teachers in all disciplines. Art Education is no exception. Because of this, you’ll have access to a network of hundreds of alumni who can offer tips and support for helping you reach your goals. In addition, you will enjoy:

Access to a variety of visual arts studios, as well as music and theater facilities.


Certification reciprocity with most states.

Close proximity to cultural sites like the Erie Art Museum.


Opportunities in community arts programming and art therapy.

Student teaching experience in public schools.


Two field-experience courses in a variety of settings, including schools.

One degree. Many paths.

Most alumni with a B.S. Art Education degree take the National Teacher Examination to receive their K-12 art education certification and become teachers in public and private schools. Others in the Community Arts concentration work closely with community groups or non-profits to implement projects that bring the arts to people who might not otherwise have that opportunity. Still others continue their education in graduate school. If you’re interested in a career in art therapy, you may:

Pursue a Master of Arts with a concentration in Art Education.

Obtain a BFA in a specific studio concentration and then acquire your teacher certification by attending one additional semester.

Complete the B.S. Art Education degree with a minor in Psychology.

Find yourself in our vibrant community of artists.