BSEd in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Art Education

Degree Program Description

Students interested in this emphasis area are encouraged to meet with an undergraduate academic advisor in the College of Education and Human Development. 

The Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Art Education prepares students to work with children in public, private and alternative school systems.  You may consider a degree in education if you are an artist/designer, enjoy working with children and/or adolescents, want to strengthen the future through art education, and want to make a difference in how students see and respond to their world and the lives of others.  MU students work closely with artists, mentors, practicing teachers, administrators, and university faculty in the School of Visual Studies to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance learning outcomes for children and youth.  The coursework through the College of Education and Human Development focuses on teachers' roles in facilitating learning at all levels of development and considers the influences of cultural, political, historical, and economic factors on students, teachers, and schools.  Upon successfully completing the initial teacher certification process, the state grants you certification in K-12 Art Education.  Practical and rewarding clinical training in schools and agencies begins sophomore year, and continues each semester culminating in a senior-level teaching internship, enhancing teaching skills and confidence.  Coursework within Art Education provides you with experience in the methods of teaching art at all levels in supporting learners in the development of visual literacy.  This includes consideration of visual art production, responding to art, connecting art to all content areas, and presenting art for varied audiences.  This includes methods for teaching art, talking about art, design, and digital/mass media, strategies for assessing art learning, and pathways for developing into a professional artist educator.

Major Program Requirements

Phase 1 education coursework18
Phase 2 education coursework30
Education Internship12
Art or Art-related coursework30

Students must complete all university, general education, and content requirements, in addition to degree requirements.  Please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements and to create a semester plan.

Semester Plan

At this time, it is recommended that a student consult with their advisor to develop a semester-by-semester plan of study.

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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