Art Education Major (ARTE)
With K-12 Teaching Licensure

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The art education major at ORU is offered in cooperation with the ORU College of Education. In the ARTE program students participate in both art and education courses that provide the preparation for entry into the education profession at the K-12 level. Instruction includes artistic, educational and design skills demanded by contemporary society and technology, while maintaining a respect for the value of tradition. Additionally, a large network of successful alumni provides an opportunity to enhance education through experiences gained in the professional environment. Upon completion of the ARTE program students are eligible to receive their license to teach in the state of Oklahoma.

Design Technology Requirement

Art Education (ARTE), Graphic Design (GRD) and Studio Art (STA) majors have a Design Technology Requirement, applicable prior to beginning ART 107 Digital Fundamentals. The requirement for Graphic Design majors is necessary for all remaining design courses. For more information, please review the specifications.


ORU offers several scholarships for current students. Please visit Financial Assistance site for more information. A scholarship of particular interest to art majors is the Gloria B. Scholarship Fund.  

ORU Art Programs Talent Award Scholarships are renewable for up to four years in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Recipients must remain an art education, graphic design or studio art major and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Application Procedure:

  • Create a digital portfolio with a minimum of ten (10) examples of your best work. Recommended sites for no-cost portfolio hosting include Carbonmade and Behance.
  • Write a letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received.
  • Complete the online application with a link to your online portfolio site and your letter. Application Deadline is March 1 yearly.


In recognition of scholarship, artistic ability, leadership, and ORU lifestyle commitment, the art program annually honors outstanding students by the presentation of awards for Outstanding Graduating Senior Art Student of the Year given in the following areas: art education, graphic design, and studio art.


"I chose to be an art educator because I love working with children, and art is my passion. If you want the Christian outlook on art, then ORU is the best choice you can make. I know that God will be right beside me, every step of the way, helping him reach hearts through art."

Brittanie Pollard

Major: Art Education
Hometown: Dayton, OH

The school provides student use of facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital graphic design.

  • The Douglass Latta Computer lab with a limited number of Apple® computers and peripherals, including scanners, drawing tablets, digital video and SLR cameras and large format color inkjet printers.
  • Three ceramic kilns, glaze room, potters wheels
  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Art education classroom
  • Etching, relief press and print shop
  • Sculpture shop with welding, casting equipment
  • Teaching Gallery
  • Separate computer lab dedicated to Education majors


With an ARTE degree careers are possible in

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Private educational business
  • Agency child care
  • Community youth organizations

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Being immersed in a combination of art and education classes; expressing your self creatively through both art projects and lesson plan development; impacting the future as a Christian artist and educator.

Course Offerings Include

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Art History
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Illustration
  • Watercolor
  • Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Elementary and Secondary Art Methods and Evaluation
  • Education Seminar
  • Pedagogy
  • Student Teaching

Degree Plan


Mandel Chenoweth, MTA
Head Art Education Department