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What You Learn

You receive cutting-edge instruction that combines 21st-century teaching methods with close mentoring, internship opportunities, and a well-rounded liberal arts education that will enrich you as an artist and teacher.

  • Study studio art techniques and methods in drawing, painting, illustration, sculpture, photography and other areas
  • Engage in intensive reading, writing, studio and field experiences that translate concepts into effective teaching practices
  • Expand your professional studio art portfolio
  • Create a teaching portfolio to complement your job interviews
  • Participate in community-based educational projects
  • Integrate sensory, emotional, kinesthetic and cognitive processes in the exploration of artistic learning

Though successful completion of courses, fieldwork and the PRAXIS examination, you can earn a bachelor's degree and K-12 art teacher certification.

B.A. in Art Education

This rigorous psychology-based approach to learning and teaching the visual arts prepares students to earn K-12 art teacher certification.

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

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Kean’s art education program was challenging and exciting. The psychology-based philosophy provided me with a marketable and effective teaching practice, so I'm able to positively help shape my students as dimensional individuals through art."

Michelle Harpster '14, '16 M.A.
Artist | Fine Arts Teacher
Art Education Michelle Harpster '14 '16 M.A. Bound and Restricted

After Kean

Graduates of Kean's art education program do exceptionally well at obtaining employment, and are highly prepared to address the important needs of young people through advancing artistic learning, fostering emotional management, and igniting creative intelligence and problem-solving in a variety of careers including: 

  • Art teacher
  • Arts administrator
  • Museum educator
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • University lecturer
  • Fine artist
  • Museum curator

Immerse yourself in an arts-based career where you can earn a steady salary while surrounded by the creative energy of children, adolescents and art.

Top 30%

Kean alumni are among the highest-paid teachers in the nation

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Since 1955, Kean’s College of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this accreditation.

CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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