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Art Education Major

As an educator you will have the privilege and challenge of educating future generations. Grand View's accredited education program is committed to the preparation of teachers of excellence. It is a dynamic and respected teacher-preparation program. Education faculty, in partnership with practicing teachers, model effective teaching and classroom management. Students spend at least two semesters in supervised in-school settings in preparation for the student teaching experience. You'll also learn critical thinking and problem solving strategies and will be coached in the development of a personal teaching philosophy.

Grand View University offers college credit for students who have earned the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy.

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Why Grand View?

  • Faculty members nurture individual students while holding them accountable on their path to becoming a professional educator.
  • We are uniquely positioned in Des Moines, Iowa, which allows students to experience urban, suburban and rural classrooms in practicum and student teaching.
  • Committed to developing teachers who are empowered to meet the diverse needs of today's students.
  • The Grand View teacher education program is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Earn graduate credit: eligible undergrads can dual-enroll in up to six hours of graduate coursework to count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Career Options

You will be doing more than just teaching with a degree from Grand View. You will be changing lives through education when you work as a(n):

  • Fine Arts Teacher
  • Museum Curator
  • Textbook Illustrator
  • Curriculum Director for art instruction programs

What Can I Do With This Major?

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Student Testimonials

Dr. Jaclyn Easter

“Dr. Easter has gone above and beyond for me on too many occasions to mention. She has encouraged me to present with her at a statewide teacher's conference, encouraged me to take multiple education practicum opportunities, and has overall pushed me to be the strong, confident student teacher I am today. She is truly an amazing woman. My Grand View experience simply would not have been nearly as remarkable without her. That is why Dr. Easter is absolutely deserving of the mentor appreciation award.” - Madison Green


Aaron TinderAaron Tinder

“Aaron has been a huge motivator, supporter, and mentor in the months that I have been at Grand View. I'm not sure that I would have found my career path if it weren't for Aaron. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wasn't completely sure. He described the way I fit perfectly into the role of a high school art teacher. He mentioned how he sees my abilities in my interaction with my classmates. His support and direction solidified my idea and made me excited to graduate and to get out into the workforce. He supports every good idea, adjusts and guides when necessary, and provides all the tools that I need to succeed. I greatly appreciate his open mind, his dedication to myself and my peers, and his ability to see creativity everywhere.” - Chloe Vogel

GV Degree Combinations

You may also be interested in one or more of the following:

Is Art Education Right for You?

Talented artist? Great with kids? Enjoy inspiring others to create? Become an art teacher! You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.

You'll choose a studio area to study in depth -- drawing, painting or graphic design. You'll learn and be able to demonstrate best practices in the teaching of Art and as a teacher, bring to your students your passion for art and your own love of learning.

Did You Know?

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure in Elementary Education.

Return on Your Investment

At Grand View, we believe the best way to become a successful elementary school teacher is to spend four years as an active participant in preschool to sixth-grade classrooms.

Your experiences in Des Moines metropolitan area schools will begin during your first year of study and continue until you graduate with the skills needed to be a licensed instructor.

As one of the largest programs of our kind in the Midwest, we have partnerships with school districts, offering our students the opportunity to student teach and engage in field experiences at small, large, urban, rural, public and private schools.

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Faculty

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Alida Acosta

Lecturer of Education

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Dinah Afriyie

Lecturer of Education

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Marsha Aldridge

Lecturer of Business Administration

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Travis Averett

Jacobson Institute Visiting Scholar

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Kerrie Baish

Lecturer of Education

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Kenneth Beane

Lecturer of Education

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Dr. Michelle Bradford

Jacobson Institute Visiting Scholar

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Teri Breck

Lecturer of Education

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Lisa Brown

Lecturer of Education

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Joseph Burch

Lecturer of Education

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Dr. Lynn Burks

Executive Director of the Jacobson Institute

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Rachel Campbell

Lecturer of Art

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Patricia Christiansen

Lecturer of Art

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Katlyn Clark

Administrative Coordinator

Leah Cole
Leah Cole

Field Experience Coordinator

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Amanda Crecelius

Lecturer of Education

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Heather Crockett

Lecturer of Education

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Brittany Crow

Lecturer of Arts & Design

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Gretta Cutler

Lecturer of Education

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Tiziana D'Agostino

Lecturer of Art

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Kathleen Davenport

Lecturer of Art

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Amanda Dunphy

Lecturer of Education

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Jill Dykstra

Lecturer of Education

Jaclyn Easter
Dr. Jaclyn Easter

Assist Professor of Education (Science)

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Hallie Edgerly

Lecturer of Education

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Jeremiah Elbel

Lecturer of Art

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Sam Finneseth

Lecturer of Education

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Alixandria Foster

Lecturer of Art & Design

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Robert Gatewood

Lecturer of Art

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Maggie Goldhammer

Lecturer

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Brent Granger

Lecturer of Education

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Cheryl Greiman Henkenius

Lecturer of Education

Dr. Lindsay Grow
Dr. Lindsay Grow

Associate Prof of Education & Dept Chair

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Kim Gutterman

Lecturer of Education

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Jennifer Haidar

Lecturer of Education

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Mary Harris

Lecturer of Education

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Thomas Hoffman

Lecturer of Education

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Scott Holt

Curriculum Dev Coord & Program Oversight

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Elizabeth Huether

Lecturer of Art

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Rebecca Humke

Lecturer of Education

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Betsy Jayne

Lecturer of Education

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Ed Jennings

Lecturer

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Mary Jones

Lecturer of Art and Design

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Laura Katch

Lecturer

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Alex Kitchen

Lecturer of Education

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Jessica Kite

Lecturer of Education

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Sheryl Knuth

Lecturer of Education

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Steve Kohtz

Lecturer of Art & Design

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Nick LaPole

Lecturer of Art & Design

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Casey Lewsader

Lecturer of Education

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Cara Lichty

Lecturer of Education

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Krista Lumbard

Supervisor in Education Department

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Noemi Mendez

Lecturer of Education

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Hyena Nam

Assistant Professor of Art and Design

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Andy Nelson

Lecturer of Education

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Dr. Diana O'Leary

Instructor of Education - Elementary

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Aaron Pals

Lecturer of Education

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Kristen Payne

Lecturer of Education

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Ellen Phelan

Lecturer of Education

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Emily Rademacher

Lecturer of Education

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Chelsea Robinson

Instructor of Education - Special Ed

Michelle Schulze
Dr. Michelle Schulze

Lecturer

Rachel Schwaller
Rachel Schwaller

Associate Professor of Art and Design

Claire Sedovic
Claire Sedovic

Lecturer of Art and Design

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Katy Severe

Lecturer of Education

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Scott Slechta

Lecturer of Education

Simone Sorteberg
Dr. Simone Sorteberg

Assistant Professor of Education

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Paige Strawn

Lecturer of Education

Aaron Tinder
Aaron Tinder

Professor of Art and Design

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Kristen VanDyke

Lecturer of Education

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Jesse VonBehren

Lecturer of Education

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Brietta Voss

Lecturer of Education

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Ryan Weatherly

Lecturer of Art

Doug Wells
Douglas Wells

Lecturer of Art and Design

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Miriam Woods

Lecturer of Education

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Emily Zirkle

Lecturer of Education

Rasmussen Center

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