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What Can I Do With A Major In Art Education?

Students pursuing a degree in Art Education are eligible to receive state certification to teach art at all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th grade. This course of study requires students to complete an art major and to study professional education and methodology courses.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Animation Cartoonist
Art Appraiser
Art Critic
Art Director
Art Historian
Art Lecturer
Art Specialist
Art Teacher
   College/University
   Elementary
   High School
   Middle School
   Preschool
Art Therapist
Artist-in-Residence
Auction House Cataloguer
Author, Art Books
Ceramist
Engraver
Etcher
Event Designer
Exhibit Designer
Fashion Designer
Gallery Owner
Glassblower
Jewelry Maker
Media Specialist
Metalsmith
Muralist
Museum Exhibit Designer
Painter
Police Sketch Artist
Potter
Printmaker
Researcher
Sculptor
Set Designer
Textbook Author
Textile Designer
Toy Designer
Weaver
Wedding Coordinator
Woodworker

Types of Employers

Apparel Manufacturers/Textile Mills
Art Galleries
Art Publications
Auction Houses
Colleges/Universities
Community Service Agencies
Consulting Organizations
Consumer Products Firms
Craft Guilds
Cultural Organizations
Educational Publishers
Federal Education Agencies
Government Affiliated Schools Abroad
Health Service Providers
Independent Production Companies
Libraries
Media/Communications Industry
Museums, Historical Societies, Parks
National Associations and Councils
Photo Agencies & Studios
Preschool/Day Care Centers
Private Schools - National
Private Schools - International
Public Relations/Advertising Firms
Public Schools
Publishing Houses
Regional and National Accrediting Agencies
Retail Stores
State Boards
State Departments of Education

Transferrable Skills

Listens, interprets and communicates effectively

Demonstrates global understandings of how individual development, cultural diversity, socioeconomic conditions and individual differences influence the opportunities of all individuals to learn and contribute to their full potential

Uses and participates ethically in research and leadership activities

Uses a variety of appropriate and ethical assessment techniques to enhance learning and teaching

Masters appropriate disciplines to engage students in meaningful learning experiences

Integrates educational technology in the teaching and learning processes

Demonstrates reflection on professional strengths and needs, and plans for professional development to improve future performance

Assumes the responsibility to be active in the profession

Understands the relationship between schools and the larger culture and school as a culture

Identifies and justifies the standards of professional behavior

Possesses proficiency for accurate detail

Concentrates for long periods

Possesses aptitude for spatial relationships

Meets deadlines

Recognizes differences in shapes, shading and color

Makes critical observations and appropriate decisions

Possesses good manual dexterity

Communicates ideas and emotion creatively

Experiential Education

Volunteering as an adviser for a youth organization

Tutoring students individually or in small groups

Teaching students in a summer art enrichment program

Working with at-risk youths to develop their art talent

Helping children with disabilities cultivate their art abilities

Professional Associations

American Federation of Teachers,
aft.org

Americans for the Arts,
americansforthearts.org

National Art Education Association,
arteducators.org

National Education Association,
nea.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: Ashland University, Rutgers