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Art Education, B.S.Ed

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s Art Education Program prepares and certifies students to teach art to students in grades K-12. Nationally accredited and recognized, the program supports a studio approach to art teaching and emphasizes cross-cultural arts awareness.
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Key facts:

  • Art Education students take art, art history and education courses in addition to the general education courses required of all Western Carolina University students. Further, each student selects an art specialty area in which they take intermediate and advanced courses. Following classroom visitation at participating schools and educational institutes, all students complete a required student teaching experience or internship, at either an elementary or high school. While pursuing their academic studies, students become deeply engaged in surrounding communities. Community activities range from creating murals and teaching crafts in local nursing homes to attending state and national conferences each year. Many students also choose to join the WCU Art Education Club, a highly active organization that offers workshops and events to adults and children.
  • Students apply for entrance into the College of Fine and Performing Arts through a portfolio upon completion of 100-level art courses and students apply for entrance into the College of Education during the semester in which they take EDCI201 Introduction to Education. The program is housed in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center where students benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories, current technologies and copious teaching resources. Graduates typically teach art in K-12 schools, therapeutic settings or art museums.
  • Upon successful completion of the Art Education degree program at Western Carolina University, graduates are well-prepared to participate effectively in a competitive art career market in any of our 50 states. The job placement rate for program graduates stands at 95 percent within one year of graduation. In addition to professional positions in schools, therapeutic settings and museums, job opportunities for graduates are often engaged with art-related interests in academic settings, arts associations, craft guilds, galleries, commercial firms and non-profit agencies. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered at Art Education program include:

  • Art History Survey 
  • Composition 
  • Math Concepts
  • Intro to Drawing
  • First Year Seminar
  • Social Science
  • Composition
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Painting 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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