The Art Education program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our program is a joint venture between the Art Department and the MSSU Teacher Education Department.
Future educators will better understand how to teach art by having experience in the study and creation of art. Our art education program has the dual goal of preparing students to be emerging artists as well developing professional art teachers. The Art Education program achieves these goals with the Art Foundation courses, a selection of various studio classes, specific Art Education and Teacher Education coursework, and the MSSU General Education. Students are also required to participate in the Junior Review during the second semester of their junior year and enroll in Senior Exhibit during their final fall semester.
Another component of Art Education is an emphasis upon Service Learning. By performing at least 10 hours of volunteer work in the surrounding community students are able to better hone their skills and prepare to be future educators. Some of these community outreach projects have included: the George A Spiva Center for the Arts, The George Washington Carver Museum, the Joplin School System, and the Joplin YMCA.