Art Education Major

Can you picture your future as an art educator? Make it come alive through our Art Education major.

Campus Visit Opportunity

The Department of Art invites you to attend: “Find Your Passion: YSU Art Day,” Wednesday, April 3rd at 9 A.M at Youngstown State University. This event is an excellent opportunity for any student interested in pursuing Studio Art and Art Education to meet with department faculty, visit the studios and learn what it’s like to be a YSU art student. The event will also include lunch and a visit to the McDonough Museum of Art, YSU’s art museum!    

For question, please call Danielle Lorenzi at 330-941-2346 or E-Mail at

What You'll Study

Your coursework will take you on a journey of lifelong learning, artistry, research and teaching. You will be prepared for a career as an art teacher, leading and advocating for the arts in schools, museums, community centers and other settings. You'll learn how to manage a classroom of diverse students and foster their learning and love for the visual arts.

The Art Education program is designed to nurture your professional teaching skills and your creative and intellectual growth. You will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty who hold a variety of artistic and research interests. With smaller class sizes and hands-on field teaching experience, you'll be ready to enter the teaching profession or an advanced graduate degree program by the end of your four years.

Art Education MA available for this major. 


  • Art Education Major

    As a freshman, you can elect the Art Education as your major and enroll in art courses after a portfolio review at the end of your freshman year. Once you become a junior, you'll begin your professional education courses to complete the major.

    Course Listing


Internships and Jobs

  • Boardman Local Schools
  • Canfield Local Schools
  • Poland Local Schools
  • John F. Kennedy Catholic School
  • Poland Local Schools
  • Summit Academy Community School
  • Boardman Local Schools

One More Thing

My favorite aspect of the Art Education program is the wide variety of skills that I have gained. From soldering metal and painting portraits, to working hands on with K-12 students, I have learned so much about how to spread my love for art with children. I could not be more grateful for the passionate faculty from both the Art and Education departments."

Kacie Gligora, Class of 2016