Students in Purdue's art education program develop a broad understanding of the visual arts and the desire to communicate this understanding to others. The program provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as specialized skills in studio arts, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, and verbal communication.
Course work provides a balance between the theoretical and practical needs of prospective teachers. Throughout the program under the supervision of art education faculty members, students receive practicum experiences by observing in the public schools.
The art education degree meets both state and national certification standards. The program is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which permits Purdue graduates to teach in other states. While many students find fulfillment in teaching, others use their background in art education to pursue careers in supervision, administration, and other leadership roles in art education.
Art education attracts students with a strong interest in art and a desire to work with people. Graduates often choose to become art teachers in public and private institutions such as elementary and secondary schools, museums, and other institutional settings.