Art Education

Classroom experience

Our B.A.E. not only puts you in front of the classroom, but behind the scenes as well. You will co-teach elementary and secondary classes, develop interactive lesson plans for apps and tablets, and collaborate with local schools to develop robust curriculum in the visual arts.

High job placement

Roughly 100% of graduates from Herron’s B.A.E. program are certified and employed within two months. The need for art education is everywhere, and a Herron degree guarantees your competency and experience teaching all grade levels.


Herron's art education program is offered in conjunction with the Indiana University School of Education and meets the educational requirements of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Division of Professional Standards within the Indiana Department of Education governs the accreditation of teacher education units.

I have learned that education takes a special person who is vulnerable, caring, and passionate among many other things. I am most excited about becoming an art educator because I am passionate about sharing my love for art with others and helping them explore and find their own unique talents.

Katherine Swartzendruber (B.A.E. Art Education + B.F.A. Ceramics '19)
A student cuts pieces of denim fabric.

Foundation studies

Your first year at Herron focuses on skills that are crucial to your success in art and design school. You will explore basic principles and techniques, as well as your own historical, cultural, and personal influences as an artist or designer.

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You will complete the same foundational classes as students majoring in fine arts and be exposed to a rich studio experience in order to gain knowledge and skills in various art materials and processes.

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Professional opportunities

Graduating with a B.A.E. leads to a teaching license and certifies you to teach in Indiana public schools. A career in art education may also lead you to teach in private settings, to work with museums or public agencies, or to pursue a master’s degree for permanent teaching certification.

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • K–12 art teacher
  • Teaching artist
  • Education coordinator
  • Private art teacher
  • Museum educator
  • Studio artist
  • Education manager
  • Curator of education programs


Es Cole

Es Cole

Director of Community Learning Programs, Associate Faculty

Alexa Kulinski

Alexa Kulinski

Assistant Professor

Jeanne Nemeth

Jeanne Nemeth

Art Education, Art History, and Art Therapy Department Chair, Associate Professor

Libba Willcox

Libba Willcox

Assistant Professor

Join Indiana’s only professional school of art and design

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