Vision

The mission of the Penn State Art Education Program is to:

prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and caring professional art educators to become critical, reflective teachers, researchers and artists, and agents of change for social justice in diverse contexts of educational practice;
  • generate and disseminate knowledge that leads to new pedagogical understandings on which more socially just policies and practices can be grounded; and
  • collaborate across disciplines, professions, and constituencies to promote social change that leads to educational improvement and transformation.

 

Our vision is that art education will contribute to a more just society and world. 

 

Our work in carrying out this mission and vision is informed by these underlying core values:

  • respect for self and others, 
  • valuing difference,
  • learning,
  • criticality, and
  • social responsibility.


The Pennsylvania State University Art Education Program in the School of Visual Arts offers a B.S. in Art Education with Art Teacher Certification. Additionally, the graduate program offers an M.P.S. and a Ph.D. in Art Education. The faculty are leaders in areas of early childhood and youth culture, digital technologies, feminist and critical pedagogies, critical race theory, histories of art education, curriculum and cultural studies, and arts-based research.


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