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Elementary Art Education (PreK–8)

Create a classroom where creativity flourishes. As an elementary art education major, you’ll build the knowledge and foundation to integrate art into all subject areas. You’ll flex between studio time and classroom experience, honing your own art skills as you prepare to teach others to lean into theirs. Gordon equips artists not only to make valuable contributions, but also to help restore a Christian aesthetic and moral vision in today’s culture—and that includes the PreK–8 classroom.

Why study art education at Gordon?

Gordon’s intensely hands-on approach is just one of the reasons why our Education Department achieves 100 percent job placement. This, combined with a broad liberal arts exposure and a firm Christian foundation, will prepare you to thrive as an artist, a teacher and a Christian. Plus, Gordon’s location on Boston’s picturesque North Shore offers you exposure to nearby galleries, art colonies and museums (including free access to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston). 

What careers can I pursue with an art education major?

Because of Gordon’s strong emphasis on practical classroom experience, you will be highly qualified for an initial Massachusetts teaching license (and comparable license in all 50 states and U.S. territories), and for a wide range of teaching positions across the country and around the globe, including:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Christian schools
  • Global missions 

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Heather Fontaine

Heather Fontaine ’11

1st Grade Teacher

"The Gordon Education Program prepared me more than I could ever imagine. Throughout my day, I have a lesson plan format running through my head that helps me ask the essential questions. So many times I think of how blessed I am to be so prepared!" Hear from others ➔


As an education student, your curriculum takes you the extra mile (quite literally) for hands-on classroom experience at schools on Boston’s North Shore. And you’ll start right away.

  • First year (spring semester): assist a local classroom teacher once a week 
  • Sophomore year: learn how to assess and measure student learning as you teach lessons once a week
  • Junior year: prepare and teach interactive, hands-on lessons in a local school once a week 
  • Senior year (fall semester): spend 60 hours in the classroom where you’ll student-teach, getting to know the school culture, students and curriculum
  • Senior year (spring semester): full-time student-teaching

On campus, you’ll have additional opportunities to establish your own artistic voice. Our monthly Professional Artist Workshop Series gives you a chance to interact with art-industry professionals on subjects like portfolio creation, marketing, business planning and networking. And you’ll have the option to display a senior thesis in our professional art gallery.


For more information, contact:

David West
Department Chair

P 978 867 4414

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