B.S. in Art Education


M.S. in Art Education:
online & onsite

M.S. in Art Education with Teaching Licensure
(onsite only)


Ph.D. in Art Education

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education is an undergraduate degree designed for students who intend to become art educators in K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grade) schools. Admission to this program is through achieving a minimum 2.75 GPA in all NIU and transfer courses AND pass an entrance portfolio review before the completion of ARTE 200 AND successfully complete the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) OR have ACT Plus Writing (22 composition) OR SAT (critical reading + mathematics ≥ 1030. Then, students must submit and pass an exit portfolio review during the semester prior to student teaching in order to be approved for student teaching. All portfolio reviews are done at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Undergraduate Advising Office

Jack Arends Building, Room 216
Phone: 815.753.1473


Jack Arends Building
330 Gilbert Drive, Room 210
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Northern Illinois University Art + Design Education

Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Its research-focused faculty explores curriculum and learning outcomes related to visual culture, contemporary technology, assessment, indigenous studies, critical pedagogy, e-portfolio development, media studies and international educational teaching and research. Instruction focuses on meeting the myriad challenges of today's schools including student engagement with critical thinking, self-directed learning, Common Core, visual literacy, and STEAM.

NIU Art + Design Education students are committed to excelling as practitioners, scholars, and creative risk takers who build on their own strengths as they develop skills to advocate for art as essential to learning across diverse settings. Together, faculty and students work to improve educational practice, in both schools and communities, to produce visually literate children and adults.

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