School of Art Education

Inspire a new generation of artists. Tap unparalleled creative resources at the Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education—studio space, workshops, diverse design courses, field training, and more. You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.

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What We Teach

The School of Art Education’s philosophy is that every educator should be skilled in, and passionate about, what they teach. Our undergraduate students develop a broad range of visual art skills as well as a deep understanding of pedagogy - the art and science of teaching. Our graduates bring inspirational artistry and sound teaching techniques that lead to success in their classrooms.

Art Teaching Credential
For students who aim to teach in California public schools, the BFA/Credential blended curriculum prepares students for the CALTPA Assessments to receive a California teaching license. This blended program allows 4 undergraduate courses to count towards the credential: Overview of Art Education, Educational Psychology, Curriculum Development and Integration of Technology. With only two additional semesters past BFA, students can receive the Credential. (Non Academy Art University BFA in Art Education can apply post B.A. to the 3 semesters Credential Program.)
Capstone Projects
Master Programs synthesize all of your knowledge and experience with the creation of a comprehensive final Capstone project. ADVOCATE: M.A. Teaching students create a dynamic arts advocacy presentation to educate the public as to the importance of Arts Education for the 21st century creative economy. INNOVATE: M.A. Art Education students envision-create-implement-document their own vision of an Art Education program.
Curriculum Development
Explore and create both traditional and innovative lessons and curriculum ideas. Experiment with classic as well as contemporary instructional strategies. Find the balance of discipline and freedom needed in your classroom to both educate and inspire.
Bring your theories and knowledge from Pedagogical courses to real life practice. Observe and engage with teachers and mentors in various educational settings: private and public schools, museums, community organizations as well as contemporary learning centers.
Integrating Technology
As an educator in the 21st century, you will learn to integrate various types of technology into your classroom environment to both engage your students and make content more relevant and assessable.

School Of Art Education: Art is Everywhere

The directors of the School of Art Education, Marybeth Tereszkiewicz and Matt Sweeney, invite you to explore exciting and challenging careers in art education. See how the art education programs at the Academy will challenge your head, hands, and heart as you grow into a skilled artist and dynamic educator.

Director Marybeth Tereszkiewicz "Tree of Life" Program

School of Art Education Director Marybeth Tereszkiewicz doesn’t take summer off. In 2012, Marybeth was asked to fully create a summer school program for 13-18 year old South African students. The camps were designed to celebrate how African culture influenced North American Hip Hop, Gospel, and South American Afro-Brazilian music and dance. Drawing this connection helped build a sense of pride among otherwise impoverished rural South African young people.

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Your dream is within reach. Follow your heart and get started on the career of your dreams.

Art Education: Students at Work

The need for well-prepared art educators in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond continues to increase. We are committed to giving you every opportunity to develop your abilities as the leaders of tomorrow’s art classrooms. From studio space and workshops to diverse design courses, field training, and more, you can graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.

Facilities & Technology

The latest in software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the work force, which is why we keep up with current advancements in technology and other Art Education practices. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our classrooms and studios.

Featured Alumni

Real World Partnership

San Leandro High School

In 2015, we partnered with San Leandro High School to place two student teachers, Mary Lou Dorgalli and Catie Rice, in their classrooms. They both applied the methods for teaching art they learned at the school like role-playing and creation of adaptable lesson plans.

Careers in Art Education

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University art education graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed as a professional art instructor.


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Art Teacher
As an art teacher in a private, public, or charter school, you’ll help inspire the artists of tomorrow directly in the classroom. You’ll prepare and implement lesson plans, address various learning styles and needs, and analyze qualitative and quantitative student data.
Community Arts Leader
As an arts leader in community settings you’ll plan, organize, and implement programs as well as activities for a wide range of audiences and settings. Help bring the arts to communities around the world or in your backyard and bring the joy of arts to everyone.
As an art education instructor at a university, you’ll contribute to the higher education of tomorrow’s artists. Explore complex subjects, lead class discussions, and encourage critical thinking as you guide students through various subjects.
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Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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