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

Flexible degree programs that work with your future goals

Whether you are in pursuit of a K-12 licensure in art education or if you already have a degree and are now looking to expand your skills, increase your knowledge, and continue your professional development within the field of art education, Northern Illinois University’s Art + Design Education programs offer a comprehensive, supportive, and diverse opportunities to create, learn, and grow.

New students may enter in the fall semester (August), spring semester (January) or during the summer (course offerings may be limited). See specific degree programs for detailed information, requirements, and application deadlines.


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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