Bachelor of Science in Education in Art Education

Earn your teaching certification with the Bachelor of Science in Education in Art Education in Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture. This 155-credit undergraduate degree is one of two pathways toward earning art teaching certification in Pennsylvania and becoming a teaching artist. Students may also become certified teachers through the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Art Education Concentration. 

The BSEd in Art Education is a NASAD-accredited program that can lead to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in art for kindergarten through grade 12. You’ll complete a rigorous course of study in art education, art history, studio art and Temple’s General Education curriculum, combined with field placements in Philadelphia schools, at all grade levels. 

With small class sizes and the plentiful resources of a top-rated art and architecture school and a large, public research university, the Art Education Major gives students the extensive knowledge and skills necessary for teaching art to children of all ages. Its accomplished faculty are experienced in a variety of teaching contexts and committed to urban art education and the power of collaborating with communities.  

As an art education student, you won’t just learn how to teach art and grow as an artist—you’ll learn how to affect positive change in the communities where you work. 

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All undergraduate first-year students at Tyler begin with a yearlong immersion in our foundations program. Foundations is a multidisciplinary curriculum through which students gain knowledge in essential concepts and theories; established principles and practices; and time-honored skills and techniques in the study of art, design and the built environment. Students develop a global understanding of artistic traditions and the role of art and design in society before choosing a major in their second year at Tyler.

In the art programs, including graphic and interactive design, students begin with focused study of drawing, 2D design and 3D design. They explore diverse materials, processes and perspectives—from the traditional and low-tech to the innovative and experimental. This bachelor's degree program is highly structured and intensive, and imparts fundamental studio practices for all visual art. Through the foundations coursework, students gain an academic grounding in the forms, techniques, styles, subjects and symbolism represented in art, architecture and design. Faculty members from across the art and design areas teach the foundations courses, assuring a broad range of experience and diverse viewpoints.

Learn more about the foundations program at Tyler.

Community Arts Practices Program

Tyler’s Community Arts Practices (CAP), led by nationally recognized faculty in arts education, exists at the intersection of art, academics and activism and works in partnership with artists, community organizations and schools in North Philadelphia (where Temple’s Main Campus is located). Students integrate a range of interests—from urban and environmental studies to racial justice, community development and LGBTQIA+ studies— into their coursework. CAP partners with community groups, schools and artists in North Philadelphia to develop and deliver after-school workshops, school residencies, intergenerational forums, and interdisciplinary exhibitions and performances based on lived experiences in the community.  

in2Art Program

Tyler's in2Art Program explores the methods and materials behind teaching art to elementary and secondary school students in an online space. The art program satisfies a component of the Art Education fieldwork requirement—allowing students in the program to exercise creativity and innovation in their lesson plans while integrating online learning into the curriculum.

Classes & Curriculum  

Along with an art education and general education curriculum, Art Education majors take studio art courses across multiple disciplines, including courses in community arts, a discipline that offers coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

You’ll take the following courses as part of the curriculum. 

  • Adolescent Development for Educators  
  • Art in Elementary & Secondary School*
  • Effective Instructional Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities*
  • Inclusive Art Education K-12 Students in the Art Room 
  • Introduction to Special Education Principles and Practice for Teaching English Learners*
  • Science & Art of Teaching*
  • Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education in the U.S. 

* Indicates the course involves hands-on field experience

Minor in Art History 

With courses in Art History, students in the Art Education BSEd have the opportunity to complement their coursework toward earning kindergarten through grade 12 art teaching certification in Pennsylvania and becoming an artist educator.

For more information about the Art History Minor at Tyler, contact Erin Pauwels, art history assistant professor and undergraduate advisor.
Phone: 215-777-9737
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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science in Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year


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