Art 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.

Excellent teachers are always in demand and Maryville art education graduates are highly sought after in the St. Louis region. More than ever before, our schools need classroom teachers who are bright, articulate and passionate about working with children. The future for new teachers is promising, especially for those who are committed to a life of creativity along with their students.

For more information: e-mail us at or call 314.529.9581.

Program Features

Field Experiences
We have more school placements than any other university, providing you many opportunities to apply the techniques you learn in Maryville classes to your K-12 classroom experiences. The close supervision of your professors, and our well-established relationships with schools throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, will help you develop your teaching and hone your skills in real classroom settings. View timeline of field experience possibilities.

For more information contact: Penny Greene, School of Education at 314.529.9581 or by e-mail at

Preparation for the Changing World of Schools
Maryville’s School of Education will help you develop into a reflective teacher who is committed to democratic education. Through field placements and assignments like the Street Project – for which we won the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education – you’ll be exposed to different cultures to prepare you for urban, suburban, and rural settings. In your beginning block, you and your peers will conduct a comprehensive study of a St. Louis neighborhood to gain a better understanding of the culture and backgrounds of prospective students.

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 candidate.

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 elementary, middle, or 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

You must be admitted to the art education program in two stages. We require an entrance portfolio for admission to the art and design area. Then, sophomore year, you must apply to the School of Education for separate admission to the teacher education program. Consult with the coordinator of clinical placements prior to beginning any education coursework. As an art education major, you will have an education adviser as well as an art adviser throughout your course of study.

As a new student, you will first be accepted to pre-education and will be able to enroll in EDUC 100, Introduction to Schooling. 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, 201 and 309) the first semester of your junior 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, a satisfactory practicum evaluation and pass the CBASE standardized test (except for Bridge students). We also require an annual criminal background check and TB screening.

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