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B.A. in Secondary Education | Art Education (PK-12)


Art Educators in the Saint Xavier University Secondary Education program are taught to provide active and imaginative learning strategies for the visual education of students. Through an interdisciplinary Art, Design, and Art History program, future artists/teachers acquire a thorough knowledge of visual art and design concepts, as well as techniques and experiences to bring to their prospective roles as visual art/design educators.

Program Requirements

For more information, please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog.

121 credit hours are required for Bachelor of Arts degree. The Secondary Education track in the Art major prepares students to teach art in elementary, middle and high school. The major consists of a variety of art and design courses including drawing, design, graphics, photography, and art history. Detailed course information can be found in the academic catalog. Students should use Academic Planning to schedule courses and track degree progress.

Suggested four year academic plan for the major (courses required in the major are in bold)

Please consult with your academic advisor prior to course selection.

Semester 1 Credit Hours
TS 100: Transitions 1
FYS Religion 3
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing 3
ART 124: Portfolio Seminar (Studio Elective) 3
ART 101: Drawing I 3
Math: Geometry (or MATH 090 or 099) 3
Semester 2 Credit Hours
PHIL 140: The Examined Life 3
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals 3
Math (if 099 is needed) or Art and Design elective 3
Art History: 100 level 3
PSYCH 101: Principles and Methods of Psychology 3
Semester 3 Credit Hours
ART 222: Art of the Renaissance 3
ART 116: Computer Graphics (Digital Literacy) 3
Art and Design elective 3
Math: Geometry (if not yet taken) 3
EDU 200: Profession of Teaching 3
EDU 202: Educational Psychology 3
PSYCH 201: Adolescent Development (Offered fall and spring) 3
Semester 4 Credit Hours
ART 201: Drawing II 3
Art and Design elective 3
EDU 377: History and Social Trends in American Education 3
Humanities course (Music or Literature; not Art) (Diversity) 3
GE Biological Science with lab* 3
EDU 200: Profession of Teaching (offered fall and spring) 3
EDUL 200 (offered fall and spring) 3
Semester 5 Credit Hours
ART 202: 3D Design 3
Art and Design elective 3
Social Science (Global Studies) 3
EDU 202: Educational Psychology (Offered fall and spring) 3
EDU 323: Survey Students with Exceptionalities (Offered fall and spring) 3
Semester 6 Credit Hours
ART 223: Modern and Contemporary Art 3
Art and Design elective 3
ART 305: Senior Seminar 3
EDU 370: Principle and Practices of the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
EDU 397: Literacy Instruction Secondary (Offered fall and spring; not required of English majors) 3
Philosophy 200 level 3
Semester 7 Credit Hours
ART 306: Senior Seminar 3
EDU 371: Methods of Teaching Art 3
POLSC 101: U.S. Government 3
Religion 200 level 3
World History (Global Studies) 3
Semester 8 Credit Hours
Art 306: Senior Seminar 3
Physical Science with Lab* 3
Art and Design Elective 3
Art and Design Elective 3
Semester 9  
EDU 345: Seminar in Teaching and Learning 3
EDU 349: Directed Teaching 9

*One of the natural science courses must have a lab component.

Art Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Art Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).


(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore scholarship opportunities.

Dedicate three hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for your first-year portfolio review due in January.

Become familiar with the HUB and CIDAT for all your technical needs.

Develop summer studio practice.

Dedicate six to nine hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for your sophomore portfolio review due in January.

Dedicate nine to twelve hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for your junior portfolio review due in January and a project proposal as well as begin your senior seminar project.

Prepare for your Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.

Dedicate twelve hours of studio time.


(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs, RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Explore opportunities to work on campus or get involved with service opportunities through Campus Ministry.

Volunteer at organizations to utilize your art skills to help others or contribute to a cause.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip or study abroad.

Volunteer in an education setting.

Look for opportunities to design and plan creative events on or off campus.

Consider participating in local, regional and national art exhibitions and competitions.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Research art-related careers.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Begin compiling your online art portfolio.

Attain paraprofessional licensure.

Apply for art-related campus jobs in University Relations or the Art Department.

Explore internships at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beverly Arts Center, Art Institute of Chicago and Solutions 3 Graphics.

Secure a summer position as a paraprofessional or teacher aide.

Research graduate schools and prepare for post-graduate academic/professional exam(s), if applicable.
Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent experiences.

Actively apply for teaching opportunities.

Apply to graduate schools, if applicable

Career Outlook

Art Education is a specialization under the Art and Design major. As an interdisciplinary track, Art Education combines learning in art and design practices, art history and visual culture and the pedagogy of performance as a visual art teacher. In this track you will be trained to be an artist/designer-teacher -- a professional in creative expression and education.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net websites.

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills you can develop at SXU with a major in Art and Design with a specialization in Art Education, as well as the potential positions and employers that hire graduates with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should only be used as a starting point.


As an Art and Design major with a specialization in Art Education, students may develop or advance skills including creativity, visual literacy, design, instruction, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, time management, and communication.


Graduates with a degree in Art and Design with a specialization in Art Education can work as an instructor, researcher, art therapist, painter, sculptor, illustrator, art director, curator, museum technician, conservator, fashion designer, photographer, craft artist, multimedia artist, set and exhibit designer, and animator.


Graduates with a degree in Art and Design with a specialization in Art Education can work within the following areas: education, art therapy, museums and galleries, fine arts and crafts, graphic design, media, photography, art sales, and fashion, textile, and interior design.


Graduates with a degree in Art and Design with a specialization in Art Education can work for K-12 schools, universities, art schools, community programs, libraries, museums, galleries, historical societies, community centers, auction houses, studios, advertising agencies, design firms, department stores, television, greeting card companies, hospitals, mental health facilities, nonprofit organizations, newspapers, book publishers, and print design studios.

Use the employment opportunity resources listed below to kickstart your preprofessional or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join in order to network with individuals within your major and field.

Employment Opportunities

Professional and Student Organizations

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