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Art: Concentration Art Education

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Why Art Education

Teachers in the K-12 system are in high demand. Completion of this degree includes licensure to teach art in the state of Tennessee.

The ideal student is fond of children and also fond of school. The student should have a temperament of patience and maturity and an ability to complete tasks on time.

The Art Education coursework at APSU will inform students on how to teach the discipline of Art specifically rather than have students major and minor in Education and Art, and figure out how to bridge those disciplines. APSU houses the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts which brings great speakers and exhibiting artists that students are able to meet and assist with installing exhibitions. APSU has a Community School for the Arts that provides opportunities for Art Education students to teach community classes before graduation.

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What Will I Learn

Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Art Education Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

Patrick Gosnell

Associate Professor of Art and Design

Associate Professor Patrick Gosnell began his career in education by teaching commercial photography at a high school near his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was during this time that he became interested in the field of graphic design and working with clients. He decided to earn a masters degree in design from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas so that he would qualify to teach at the collegiate level. Since 2015, Professor Gosnell has taught graphic design at Austin Peay State University and has helped to revitalize the program. He currently lives in Clarksville with his family.