Art Education

Art Education

Arts teachers play an important role in the development of a well-rounded student. They build strong foundations, while helping their students develop creativity, appreciation for and understanding of art in the world that surrounds us. If you have a passion for teaching and a love of art, the University of Northern Iowa art education program is the right place for you.


A major in art teaching prepares you for success in the classroom by giving you the skills and experience necessary to teach introductory and general art classes at the elementary or secondary level.


In this program, students take a variety of art and general education classes, along with courses that prepare them to be effective classroom leaders. With excellent faculty, three different field experiences, and a full semester of student teaching, graduates are well prepared for starting their professional careers.

UNI has the largest art education program in the state of Iowa with 100 percent job placement for the past five years.


Because of the sequencing of upper-level courses, we suggest that you start taking classes at UNI as soon as possible.


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Field Experience

As an art education major, you will have three field experiences in which you will explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher. Your teaching experience will be capped off with student teaching which can be done in Iowa, throughout the United States or overseas.

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Educator Prep

Students in UNI’s educator preparation programs acquire more than 700 hours of hands-on classroom experience before graduation. This is done through more than 350 school district partnerships, 9 Iowa student teaching centers, and one out of state & international student teaching center that coordinates all out of state and international student teaching placements.

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Kamerick Art Building

All computers in the Art Lab are replaced every other year and software is updated regularly. From computers, kilns, presses and cameras to gear for welding, woodworking and metal fabrication, we have the tools and equipment you will need to make your vision a reality.


96% of last year's UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education


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Jeffery Byrd, Professor and Department Head

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