I love to take students abroad and help them learn new things, such as how to navigate the Paris Metro or the London Tube. I encourage them to experience a sense of awe in unexpected places.
In the Art Education program at Clarke, you’ll creatively study how people learn and how best to teach them. We strive to educate and prepare teachers who will influence the cognitive, moral, and social development of children in kindergarten through high school in today’s multicultural world. Graduates of this department will possess real-world experience and demonstrate the programmatic outcomes as licensed, professional educators who become influential teachers throughout the nation and beyond.
You will gain first-hand experience at Dubuque’s arts elementary school and high school where methods classes are taught on-site. You’ll have many hours in the classroom even before student teaching. This added classroom experience enhances your resume and can be a key to landing your first teaching job.
Students interested in teaching art at the elementary, middle, or high school level major in studio art and take a sequence of education courses leading to K-12 Certification in Art. Clarke’s Education Department is well-known for its Professional Development School program where many education courses are taught on-site at local elementary, middle, and high schools in Dubuque. The art methods courses follow this model and are taught at Prescott Elementary, Dubuque’s downtown arts magnet school, and at Stephen Hempstead High School. This teaching environment provides students with greater immersion in the elementary and secondary art classroom. A professional and critical atmosphere encourages additional artistic involvement beyond the classroom into studio exercises, exhibitions, internships, independent study, and travel.
Admission to Clarke University
In addition to an application to Clarke, high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, freshman applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 examples of their work.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Program in Pictures
My ultimate goal is that, through developing their artist selves, students will become self-aware, empathetic, and have a clearer realization of who they aspire to become, as well as their relationship to their world.
Approaching course content with excitement adds to an energetic atmosphere. As a teaching artist, I share insights into the practices of a working artist. Through my dedication and accomplishments, students are inspired to find their artistic voice.
I believe that teaching graphic designs as a process-oriented activity helps students to develop life-long skills of thinking and tinkering; to establish habits that become practice; and to develop a process that maintains creative curiosity across disciplines and technologies.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
Don’t discount studying a double major just because you think it might be too hard! Clarke will help you make it possible.
The education program gave me opportunities to learn skills I would need in my future career by having many of my classes in elementary schools. Every instructor I had at Clarke helped me grow into the adult that I am.
When I first came to Clarke, I was shy and introverted. The professors encouraged me to go beyond the classroom to visit local exhibits and galleries, as well as submit my work to various shows.
Students work one-on-one with art professors who are practicing artists, well-known in their fields.
Clarke’s education graduates have a 100 percent rate for job placement or graduate studies.
By graduation, art education majors will have spent up to 600 active hours teaching.