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School of Education

Visual Arts Education

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School of Education

Visual Arts Education


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

141 credits

required for program

141 credits

141 credits

required for program

Discover your passion of visual arts and inspire children to be creative. The visual arts education degree equips you to teach visual art to children in grades K-12 within a public or private school setting. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • have a passion for art
  • enjoy working with children
  • are eager to serve
  • are interested in a career in education

Why study visual arts education at Northwestern?

Since 1991, Education students have grown into their unique strengths as a teacher and servant leader. You will learn from seasoned, Christian teachers who share your faith. Faculty will help you learn to engage God’s children through artistic platforms and be a role model. You can grow your professional portfolio and showcase your art in exhibits throughout the year hosted by Northwestern.

The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to experience global education. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study in China over spring break or go on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage with other education students. Gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.

Northwestern’s beautiful campus is only 15 minutes away from major art and design centers. Students visit the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Swedish Institute to view others’ work.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides you with four levels of classroom experience.

  • The first allows you to find your personal "fit" within the teaching profession.
  • The second level focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity.
  • The third level teaches you to apply methodologies by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom.
  • The final level is full time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.

The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. As a result, we meet Minnesota's standard adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs align with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards.

The School of Education has hosted Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) events, and is a member of CEAI.

The School of Education attends the Compass Educator Breakfast each fall (through Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN).

Careers in visual arts education

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in visual arts education.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Teaching in your area of specialty
  • Private tutoring
  • Creating/directing educational programs
  • Curriculum development or textbook editing
  • Instructional design (technology training may be required)
  • Online education
  • Student life/student affairs
  • Corporate or business training and development
  • Private or community education instructor
  • Administration/management in the fine arts
  • Art gallery or museum research or exhibits

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Schools of all kinds-public, private, charter, international, government, residential
  • Day care and nursery school
  • Parks and Recreation departments
  • Educational testing companies
  • Curriculum/educational publishers
  • School district offices
  • Educational research firms
  • Industries related to your subject area
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Universities and colleges
  • Employee training programs

Strategies for success:

  • Requirements for certification/licensure vary by state; multiple certifications will increase employability. A master’s degree will increase earning potential.
  • Be willing to work hard at finding a job and to go where the jobs are.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience with the age group you intend to work within various settings: pre-schools, daycares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills, interests, and opportunities.
  • Identify transferable skills learned in teaching applicable to other careers: written and verbal communication, teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record-keeping, working under pressure and meeting deadlines, motivational skills, creativity, working autonomously, decision-making, problem-solving.
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What will I learn?

You will learn to analyze, problem solve, and be able to teach visual arts to children in grades K-12.

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