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Bachelor of Fine Arts/Art Education Bridge


The BFA in Studio Art with Certification in Art Education and an MA in Education is intended for the student with a strong interest in studio art seeking a career in Art Education with a specific focus on teaching at the high school level. The program combines a rigorous studio concentration with courses in the School of Education leading to certification in teaching art K-12. After completing the senior year, the student remains for an additional year to complete teacher certification and an M.A. in Education.

Maryville University St. Louis’ award-winning art education program is the result of a collaborative effort between our highly-respected studio art and education programs. Faculty from both programs will ensure that your academic and practical experiences capitalize on your strengths in studio art and your aptitude for teaching children how to express themselves as artists. For students seeking an art teaching career, Maryville’s  focus on social responsibility and democratic teaching, partnerships with area schools and a well-rounded curriculum, will have you thriving in any K-12 art education environment.

For more information: email us at teachered@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9581.

Program Features

Learning Through Field Experience
Maryville has the only teacher preparation program in the St. Louis region that provides such extensive experience in schools. These field experiences are carefully woven into the blocks of classes you take each semester, preparing you to hit the ground running. As a graduate of our program, you will begin your first year teaching at the level of a second- or third- year teacher from another program.

Portfolio Preparation
To potential employers, a portfolio – a record of your performance and accomplishments – provides key insights about who you are. We know how important this is to getting the job you want, so we provide you with assistance in preparing your portfolio. Your School of Education adviser will help you create and update this every year to highlight your ongoing progress as a teacher canidate.

Professional/Career Opportunities

We’re proud to say that our graduates stay in teaching significantly longer than average.  A recent review found 75 percent of our graduates from the classes of 1999 to 2002 still teaching. We also boast a placement rate of 90 percent - thanks in part to our annual career fair, where there are often more recruiters than there are students. Plus, you won’t be cut off from Maryville resources the day after you graduate. In addition to our extensive alumni network, you’ll also receive follow-up personal support from Maryville faculty during the first two years of your career.

With an art education degree from Maryville, you can teach art in museums, in secondary schools in the U.S. (ensured through our national accreditation), or in English-speaking schools abroad. The in-depth practical experiences you’ll have will make you a highly desirable candidate, and well prepared to step in to any classroom.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

After meeting the requirements for general admissions to Maryville University, you may submit a portfolio to be considered for a merit scholarship. Portfolio also required for transfer students. If you have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average, you’ll be eligible to enroll in the first block of professional education courses (EDUC 200, 501 and 618) the first semester of your senior year. During this semester, you must submit a formal application for admission to teacher education. To be eligible for admission, you must have a 2.70 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 average in professional education coursework, and a satisfactory practicum evaluation. We also require an annual criminal background check and TB screening.


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