By combining your passion for artistic creativity with teaching, Mount Mercy University’s art education program prepares you to guide young learners’ experiences and ready them for a life full of creative possibility.

Mount Mercy’s experience and history in education offers students one of the most highly regarded programs in the state, with students routinely landing excellent jobs right after graduation. Under the guidance of our experienced faculty, and through curriculum specific to your endorsement area, you’ll graduate from Mount Mercy with a professional licensure to teach art.

Get the best of both worlds! Splitting your time between the art and design and education departments means you experience a well-balanced curriculum. Learn from faculty who practice what they teach and bring their practical experience to the classroom.

Just a few examples of core classes in art education are:

  • Introduction to Art
  • Art Education Methods
  • Drawing I & II
  • Design
  • Educational Psychology
  • Painting I
  • Printmaking I
  • Educating the Exceptional Person
  • Sculpture I
  • Human Relations

While fulfilling the required teaching experience, you’re immersed in MMU’s Professional Development School, one of the only programs in Iowa that places students in local schools while completing their coursework. This invaluable experience helps you transition into professional careers while you seek full-time teaching positions.

Get involved early. Network for the future. By joining the Student-Iowa State Education Association (S-ISEA), a statewide education organization, art education majors have opportunities to attend conferences, participate in service learning projects with youth, host speakers, attend social events, and expand their network with other professionals.

Our education curriculum is regulated by and accredited through the Iowa Department of Education.

Art Talent Scholarships are available to any student with a passion for the arts.

What can I do with a degree in art education?

Mount Mercy graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education find success in public, private, and charter schools, at community service agencies, childcare facilities, and with youth service institutions.

For those who want to take their careers to the next level, Mount Mercy offers a Master of Arts in Education with emphasis areas available specializations in reading, special education and teacher leadership.


Introduction to Art


Art Education Methods


Drawing I & II




Educational Psychology

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