Art Education

The art education concentration is a 4+1 licensure program that offers a combined bachelors in art + design and masters in education for students pursing a career as a visual arts specialist in an elementary, middle, or high school. Our outstanding program provides Pre-K-8 or 5-12 initial licensure, supervised under School of Education and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Program coursework is strongly aligned to national and state standards with pre-practicum fieldwork experiences leading to the student teaching practicum.

Professional affiliations include the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the local chapter of the MAEA, and the North Shore Art Teachers Association (NSATA). Professor, Dr. Rebecca Rohloff, was awarded the 2013 Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association.

Students reap the benefit of building strong relationships with cooperating art teachers from school districts and community arts programs across and beyond the North Shore. Classroom observations and mini art lessons are practiced by pre-service teachers in our laboratory schools on or near campus, and community service opportunities include volunteer teaching in university sponsored activities such as the FASST Afterschool Program, and other local outreach programs.


In addition to the liberal arts core, the art education concentration includes art studio, education, art history, a psychology, and US government-history courses.

The Art Education course sequence includes:

  • Introduction to Teaching Art
  • Preparation to Teach Art
  • Art Methods 1 and 2
  • Art Practicum and Seminar
  • The PreK-8 and 5-12 track

Second major in art - A 36-credit flow sheet is tailored for early or elementary education majors, who wish to integrate the visual arts into the core curriculum of the Prek-8 classroom.