Art Education


Maine Needs Art Teachers!

The Maine Department of Education is reporting a teacher shortage in the Visual Arts.

The art education program at the University of Maine is the largest and most comprehensive in Maine. It offers students an integrated liberal arts program that places both theory and practice at the center of their learning experiences. As a result, students are not only prepared as “highly qualified” art teachers, they are also well educated in the complexity and diversity of art and our visual and material culture.


Art Education B.A.

The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education.  Art Education today includes research, the study of educational theory, the development of studio skills and art historical understanding as well as practice in teaching.  Students who major in art education graduate with a liberal arts education that includes minors in studio art and art history.  A combination of study in studio art, art history, aesthetics and art criticism helps Art Education majors develop a comprehensive understanding of how art knowledge is organized and conveyed.  In addition, students engage in research and study the historical, cultural, psychological and philosophical foundations of art education and gain practical, hands-on experience in the teaching process.

The Art Education Program at the University of Maine is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and leads to K-12 art teacher certification.  As a result of their education, graduates are well prepared for graduate study in art education as well as a wide-spectrum of related areas.

The Department of Art requires the completion of 21 credit hours in residence prior to graduation.

This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Art Education Student Learning Outcomes

Through the completion of the BA in art education, students will be competent in the Maine Common Core Teaching Standards, and be able to:

  • understand how students learn and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experience
  • use this understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that allow each learner to reach his/her/per full potential
  • work with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation
  • understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners
  • understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical/creative thinking and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues
  • understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to document learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s ongoing planning and instruction
  • draw upon knowledge of content areas, cross-disciplinary skills, learners, the community, and pedagogy to plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals
  • understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to access and appropriately apply information
  • Be a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her/their practice, particularly the effects of his/her/their choices and actions on others (students, families, and other professionals in the learning community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner
  • seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession

K-12 Art Teacher Certification

The University of Maine offers a post-baccalaureate program for students seeking K-12 Art Certification in the State of Maine. This program requires the completion of all application materials associated with certification by the Maine Department of Education. These materials may be downloaded at Following the submission of the completed materials, the State of Maine will conduct a transcript analysis to ascertain what course work or other requirements need to be completed by the applicant prior to receiving K-12 art certification. The courses needed to fulfill these requirements are available at the University of Maine through the Department of Art and the College of Education and Human Development. To find out more information about courses that satisfy certification requirements for the State of Maine, contact either Dr. Constant Albertson.

Note: This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

The ArtWorks! Program: Early Art Teaching Experience

During the two required curriculum courses, all art education students participate in an early teaching experience in the Art Education laboratory school, ArtWorks! This program offers our students an opportunity to work with K-8 students within the context of a controlled teaching environment. Within a supportive practicum structure, Art Education students develop and teach lessons on the processes, cultural and historical contexts, and critical analysis of diverse forms of art and visual/material culture. They receive considerable feedback on their classroom engagement and complete self-evaluation forms in an effort to encourage critical self-reflection on all aspects of their teaching experience.


The Department of Art offers a number of scholarships to qualified first-time undergraduate students who study art at the University of Maine. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and evidence of accomplishment in the study of Studio Art, Art Education or Art History. For scholarship information, application forms and interview dates, contact the Department of Art via email at or 207.581.3245, or send inquiries to: Department of Art, 107 Lord Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Applications must be received in the Department of Art by mid-January.

Career & Graduate Opportunities

Most graduating AED students become certified K-12 art teachers. Graduates teach in many of the K-12 schools in Maine as well as in other states around the country. Other graduates have gone on to work in museum education or in community programs. Many graduates pursue graduate work in art education, studio art and art history, completing masters and doctoral-level work in an array of related areas. Such programs prepare them for a wide range of careers including museum and gallery work, art therapy, arts administration or as entrepreneur-studio artists.

Graduate Programs

  • Interdisciplinary Master of Liberal Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Master of Education
  • Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma with the following specific courses:

  • 4 English
  • 2 Algebra I & II
  • 1 Geometry
  • 2 Lab Science (including biology)
  • 2 History/Social Studies
  • 2 Foreign Language (same language or two years of American Sign Language)
  • Academic electives (to equal at least 17 total credits)

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