Art Education

Art teachers make a creative impact on tomorrow, in the classroom and in the community. Whether you want to teach third-graders how to draw or inspire high school students to experiment with mediums, our accredited teacher education program prepares you for licensure and a successful career.

Our graduates work at Erie (Illinois) Community School District, North Scott Community Schools, Davenport Community Schools, and others.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Support and collaboration
  • Field Experiences
  • Program Approved by Iowa Department of Educaton

art professor and students around table

Kristin Quinn with student

Design Lab

SAU produces competent, caring, qualified, and effective teachers. You will benefit from how closely our Art and Teacher Education professors work together, and with you.

Graphic Design, Painting, Book Arts, Art Education

More Information on Our Art Education Program

What will I learn?

You will grow your skills in printmaking, figure drawing, painting; enrich your knowledge of art history; learn the most up-to-date methods in art education; get hands-on experience in an elementary classroom; observe and participate in secondary schools; and student teach.

What are some possible job outcomes?

Art Education prepares you to pursue K-6 or 7-12 licensure and become an educator in the classroom or within the community.

How do I apply to the Teacher Education Program?

Our teacher education program prepares highly-qualified, professional classroom teachers and will allow you to get an initial license to teach in Iowa agencies and schools. But before you apply for admission, you have to meet some requirements and complete some general education courses. 

Click here to read the Teacher Education Program admission steps

Faculty and Staff

Joseph Lappie, MFA, Assoc. Professor and Chair

Terri Buesing-Flynn, Clerk
Renee Meyer Ernst, MFA, Assoc. Professor
Kristin Quinn, MFA, Professor
Christopher Reno, MFA

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Art in Art Education

+ART 220 Printmaking
ART 310 Figure Drawing
+ART 340 Painting I
ART 350 Painting II or ART 320 Advanced Printmaking
ART 370 Elementary Art Methods
ART 370 Secondary Art Methods

Education courses, test scores, and GPA requirements for entrance into the Education program:

  • Cumulative GPA 3.0; major GPA 3.0
  • Education coursework GPA 3.0
  • ACT score: 22 (New SAT 1110, Old SAT 1530)
  • Passing scores in all three components of the PRAXIS CORE exam (reading, writing, and mathematics)
  • EDUC 205 or 207 (B or better), US History or American Government, SPED 310, EDUC 282, 284, 300, 301
  • 140 hours of pre-student teaching field experiences at two different school sites plus EDUC 309, 336, 430 (see above GPA requirements)

Minors in Art

Art Minor

Art Minor (18 credits)

With an Art Minor, you gain an application of technical skills in a variety of mediums. You will also learn how to explain and demonstrate the ways in which basic design principles are applied in a variety of art media, methods, and techniques to solve visual problems in unique and intriguing ways.

+ART 100 Drawing and 15 additional credits of ART courses.

+ Satisfies a General Education requirement

View requirements for Book ArtsGraphic Design, and Painting

Check out our other art-related majors in Art History and Museum Studies minor.

Art Therapy Minor (18 credits)

The minor in art therapy is structured for Art or Psychology majors who are interested in how creative expression can improve individuals' well-being.

Both Art and Psychology majors must take ART 100, ART 215, PSYC 105, and PSYC 215.

Required for Art majors

PSYC 212 Life-span Development
PSYC 324 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 342 Theories of Counseling

Choose one:
PSYC 327 Psychology & Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
PSYC 384 Child & Adolescent Psychology

Required for Psychology majors

ART 210 3D Design
ART 220 Printmaking
ART 240 Digital Photography

Choose one:
ART 250 Papermaking
ART 260 Bookbinding
ART 230 Intermediate Topics - Experimental Drawing
ART 340 Painting

Graphic Design Minor (18 credits)

With a Graphic Design Minor, you gain a working knowledge of basic design principles and production techniques in addition to the ability to effectively organize verbal, visual, and written information for diverse audiences.

All courses are 3 credits.

+ART 100 Drawing
+ART 200 2D Design
DSGN 210 Computers in Art
DSGN 220 Typography

Choose 6 credits from the following:
+ART 240 Digital Photography
+ART 290 Screen Printing
ART 390 Letterpress
WI-ART 410 Professional Practices
DSGN 230 Digital Illustration
DSGN 300 Special Topics
DSGN 310 Publication Design
WI-DSGN 330 Branding & Identity
DSGN 420 Web Design
DSGN 430 Interaction Design
DSGN 499 Internship in Graphic Design

Book Arts Minor (18 credits)

With a Book Arts Minor, you can use interdisciplinary knowledge to express the distribution of content and learn technical competency in book, paper, and print techniques, yielding a comprehensive skill set for real-world art and design.

All courses are 3 credits.

+ART 100 Drawing
+ART 220 Printmaking
+ART 260 Bookbinding
DSGN 210 Computers in Art

Choose 6 credits from the following:
+ART 250 Papermaking
+ART 290 Screen Printing
ART 320 Advanced Printmaking
WI-ART 360 Artist's Books
ART 390 Letterpress
DSGN 220 Typography

Arts Administration Minor (18 credits)

With an Arts Administration Minor, you gain the ability to identify and apply a breadth of business skills and concepts.

You will also learn how to effectively communicate business and organizational ideas orally, in writing and through basic visual design, as well as develop adaptability and critical thinking skills necessary to work in the arts.

All Arts Administration minors are expected to have a major in one of the following areas: Art, Art History, English, History, Music, Theater

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Choose One:
+MUSE 380 Introduction to Museum Studies 
COMM 230 Media Writing
ENGL 315 Written Business Communication

Take 9 credits from the following:
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
COMM 240 Principles of Public Relations
COMM 251 Public Relations Techniques
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 216 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
MKTG 359 Social Media Marketing
SLS 335 Sales Principles 

Take 3 credits from the following:
DSGN 210 Computers in Art
COMM 225 Introduction to Visual Communication

Take 3 credits from the following:
AH 450 Art Historical Methods and Careers
AH 490 Internship (1-4 credits)
WI-ART 410 Professional Practice
ART 499 Internship (1-3 credits)
ENGL 400 Writing Internship (1-6 credits)
THTR 399 Internship (1-5 credits)

+ Satisfies a General Education requirement
WI writing intensive

Click here to view requirements for Book ArtsGraphic Design, and Painting
Check out our other art-related majors in Art History and Museum Studies minor.

Design and Interactive Media Minor (18 credits)

With a Design & Interactive Media Minor, students gain an understanding of the basic principles of graphic design, working knowledge of fundamental applications and languages of computer science, and skills to develop integrative approaches to solving interactive media challenges using design and code.

DSGN 210 Computers in Art
DSGN 420 Web Design
DSGN 430 Interaction Design or +DSGN 300 Special Topics
+CSCI 140 Fundamentals of Computer Science
CSCI 330 Web Programming
CSCI 360 Database Management Systems

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Joseph Lappie, MFA, Department Chair

Galvin Fine Arts Center 7
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, Iowa 52803

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