Art education is ideal for artists looking to pursue art as a career. With the Art major’s art education certification, you can develop your artistic voice while preparing to teach students about art, passing your own experience on to a new generation of artists.

This certification program includes eight weeks of full-time teaching in an elementary art room and eight weeks in a secondary art room under the direct supervision of a cooperating teacher and University supervisors.

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Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art with art education certification is a professional program offered in conjunction with the education program. It requires a minimum of 44 credits in art and a series of required courses in education and art education. Upon successful completion of the program, you may receive certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a teacher of art, grades K-12.

Quick facts

  • Gain hands-on educational experiences
  • Interact with teaching artists at The Campus Laboratory School
  • Acquire experience in Pre-K-12 grade classrooms
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Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Art Education degree

Art teachers are prepared to teach children from kindergarten through grade 12. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in education, training and library occupations is projected to grow 5% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Certification information

At the end of your sophomore year, you must officially apply through your academic advisor and attend a candidacy review meeting. In order to apply, you must:

  • Have 48 credits
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Pass SKW 101, SKQ 101, a math course and a literature course
  • Pass the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or the CORE Basic Skills Tests in reading, writing and math

Prospective students from Slippery Rock University will meet with both Carlow University and Slippery Rock University directors for a candidacy review to ensure they are on track for student teaching and certification after graduation.

Certification requirements

  • Score a 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Pass the PRAXIS art content knowledge exam and fundamental subjects test
  • Apply for certification

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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