Art Education

Dr. Lisa Kay, Chair, Art Education & Community Arts Practices; Program Head Art Therapy
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Tyler Building Administrative Suite, Room B10J

Dr. Renee Jackson, Program Head Art Education
Tyler Building Art Education & Community Arts Practices Suite B090C

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Art Education is one of two pathways at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture to 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 B.S.Ed. in Art Education—a NASAD-accredited program leading to Pennsylvania Certification in Art, K-12—offers Tyler students the rigorous, well-rounded, personal and community-based training needed to prepare for careers in art teaching and becoming a teaching artist, all with an urban focus.

Offering students access to the resources of both a world-class art school and a large, public research university, Tyler's undergraduate Art Education programs prepare students to become thoughtful art teachers with the extensive knowledge and skills to teach art to children of all ages.

Tyler students take full advantage of the school's location in Philadelphia and the city's rich array of schools, communities, museums, galleries and artists, opening up opportunities for artistic growth, research, networking and jobs.

The Tyler faculty is committed to urban art education and the power of collaborating with communities. Tyler students don't just learn how to teach art and grow as artists—they learn how to affect positive change in the communities where they work.

The Art Education program ensures a fully-rounded preparation for the elementary and secondary school teacher. This program provides content study for art teacher preparation and teacher certification to teach art in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The requirements for the degree are 122 total credits:

Studio Art42
Art History10
Art Education20
Education and Special Education15
General Education29
Required or elective liberal arts courses6
Total Credit Hours122

The Art Education program requires students to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to enroll in Art Education courses and to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Art Education.

A portfolio is required for admission into the B.S.ED. in Art Education degree program. If you have completed college-level studio courses and are seeking studio equivalency credit, you must complete a transfer portfolio review. The department will only accept up to 24 transfer credits of studio work toward the major. Students who are seeking admission into the B.S.ED. in Art Education degree program must contact the Tyler Admissions Office (215-777-9090) for portfolio requirements.

B.S.ED. in Art Education students should routinely meet with an Art Education faculty advisor to discuss field placement, clearances, and requirements, as the state of Pennsylvania may change requirements after the Bulletin information has been posted. Application for ARTE 3096 and ARTE 4003/ARTE 4088 must be submitted by the deadline communicated to students by the Art Education department.