Art Education

Friends University art education students have an exceptionally high rate of passage on state-required content tests. To the tune of 100 percent!

The art education degree at Friends University prepares students to become successful art teachers of exceptional skill and unique creative thought. It encourages the exploration of values through visual images. Art education courses provide an environment and curriculum devoted to developing skills, stimulating critical thinking, and expressing creativity within the framework of a Christian liberal arts program.

The art education program is visible in the community through partnerships with art galleries that provide students places to display their artwork created in the required courses, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, printmaking and ceramics. These regular student exhibitions help to generate community awareness of the art and art education program at Friends University, helping it generate a stellar reputation over the last several decades.

The art education program prepares students to teach in grades PreK-12. This four-year program includes an internship in both the elementary and secondary schools during the fall semester of the senior year. Graduates are licensed to teach by the state of Kansas after successfully completing the degree and passing the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT). Other requirements (not for licensure) include a cumulative 2.75 grade point average with no “D” grades in the major. This degree is designed by art educators to fully instruct students in the latest and best techniques of teaching art. Computerized equipment is available for student use in the newly remodeled facilities.

Program Outcomes

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of content and pedagogical knowledge.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content to be taught.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ skills, knowledge and prerequisite relationships.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content-related pedagogy.
    • Demonstrate the ability to design coherent instruction.
    • Demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate student learning.
    • Provide quality feedback to students and colleagues.

KSDE Standards 1, 2 and 3. KPTP Focus Area A: analysis of Contextual Information

  • The teacher education candidate will develop and implement an appropriate learning environment where all students are engaged and on task.
    • Recognize and implement factors related to development of a classroom environment of respect and rapport.
    • Establish appropriate expectations for learning and achievement.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage common non-instructional duties.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage student behavior appropriately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to engage all students in learning.

KSDE Standards 3, 4, 7, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area B: Analysis of Learning Environment Factors

  • The teacher education candidate will appropriately implement and adapt instruction for diverse learners to ensure all learners meet expectations.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and accurately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use questioning and discussion techniques appropriately.
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness toward a diverse population.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of age group characteristics.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ varied approaches to learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ interest and cultural heritage.

KSDE Standards 4, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area C: Instructional Implementation. KPTP Focus Area D: Analysis of Classroom Environment

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
    • Reflect on teaching and its effect on learners’ performance.
    • Maintain accurate records of attendance, lesson completion, and student progress.
    • Serve appropriately as student advocate.
    • Communicate appropriately with families.
    • Maintain cordial relationships with colleagues.

KSDE Standards 5, 6 and 8. KPTP Focus Area E: Analysis of Assessment Procedures. KPTP Focus Area F: Reflection and Self Evaluation

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Public and private educational institutions, grades pre-kindergarten through 12
  • Private instruction
  • Informal educational institutions, such as community centers

View art education courses in the course catalog.



Dr. John Rhodes

  • Associate Professor of Education; Professional Education Unit Assessment Coordinator
  • Education
  • B.S., Florida State University; M.S. Troy State University; Ph.D., University of Florida

Dr. Jan Wilson

  • Professor of Education; Chair of Education; Director - Teacher Education/Unit Head, PEB
  • Education
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University