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

Kathryn Anderson, MFA, Assoc. Professor
Terri Buesing-Flynn, Clerk
Renee Meyer Ernst, MFA, Assoc. Professor
Kristin Quinn, MFA, Professor

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: 21 (New SAT 1070, Old SAT 1470)
  • 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)

*Beginning Fall 2018: ACT score: 22 (New SAT 1110, old SAT 1530) for admission to the Teacher Education Program. All Art and Education coursework must be a C or above.

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

Meet some of our alums

Our alumni are doing some fantastic things, something that has become a hallmark of anyone associated with the Art Education program at St. Ambrose. Learn more about some of our alumni.

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Joseph Lappie, MFA, Department Chair

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

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!