The School of Art Education’s philosophy is that every educator should be skilled in and passionate about what they teach. Our students develop a broad range of their own visual art skills as well as a deep understanding of pedagogy – the art and science of teaching. Our graduates bring artistry to their classrooms that inspires and teaching skills that succeed.

Art Teaching Credential

Become an art educator and inspire a new generation of artists. Tap unparalleled creative resources at the Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education—studio space, workshops, diverse design courses, field training, and more. You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.

Art Education Areas of Interest

Curriculum Development

Explore and create both traditional and innovative lessons and curriculum ideas. Experiment with classic as well as contemporary instructional strategies. Find the balance of discipline and freedom needed in your classroom to both educate and inspire.

Integrating Technology

As an educator in the 21st century, you will learn to integrate various types of technology into your classroom environment to both engage your students and make content more relevant and assessable.


Bring your theories and knowledge from Pedagogical courses to real life practice.  Observe and engage with teachers and mentors in various educational settings: private and public schools, museums, community organizations as well as contemporary learning centers.

Capstone Projects

Master Programs synthesize all of your knowledge and experience with the creation of a comprehensive final Capstone project. ADVOCATE -  M.A. Teaching students create a dynamic arts advocacy presentation to educate the public as to the importance of Arts Education for the 21st century creative economy. INNOVATE -  M.A. Art Education students envision-create-implement-document their own vision of an Art Education program

Online Education

Our Online Program allows you to connect with education students around the country as well as the world.   Our curriculum content is dynamic and comprehensive. Courses are designed to be interactive and engaging. Our online assignments and discussions foster critical and original thinking. (All programs are 100% online except for one semester in the M.A. in Teaching where you will student teach in a public school in the vital and diverse San Francisco/Bay Area.)

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Student Work

Our Faculty

Marybeth Tereszkiewicz

Director, School of Art Education & Teaching Credential Program in the Visual Arts

Marybeth Tereszkiewicz holds a Master of Education and Credential in Art from San Francisco State University and a BA from the State University of New York. Prior to her current post as Director of the School of Art Education at Academy of Art University, Marybeth taught Art in San Francisco High Schools for over 20 years.

Marybeth is passionate about the potential of art education to improve the lives of students, schools and communities. As well as her extensive classroom experience, she has worked to bring the arts to many community organizations, both locally and globally; e.g. School/community Liaison for the San Francisco International Arts Festival and Program Creator/ Director for the ‘Tree of Life Arts Empowerment Camp’ held over two summers 2012-2013 in rural impoverished Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. In 2016, she was invited to present on the topic of Contemporary Art Education at the International Art Forum held in Hainan Province, China.

In 2017, Marybeth was chosen by the California Teaching Commission to be the state’s Lead Assessor for K-12 Art Teaching Credential.

Matthew Sweeney

Associate Director, School of Art Education

Matthew Sweeney received his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, Political Science, and German. His teaching career has spanned a variety of educational environments, including public, charter, and alternative middle and high schools in Vermont and California, where he taught art with a particular interest in utilizing the arts to empower at-risk youth and students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Since joining the faculty of Academy of Art University in 2006, he has also supported students as an Academic Coach and has taught in the School of Art Education since the program began.

Matthew is a strong advocate for art education as our greatest tool for teaching critical thinking and the other skills essential to thrive in the 21st century. He has embraced the spirit of innovation in San Francisco to explore the intersection of technology, art, and teaching through a number of ventures. Beyond his many years integrating technology into his own arts classroom, he served as the Visual Arts Educator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where he created one of the first interactive museum guide applications, and consults for Bay Area startups in the education technology sector.

Faculty Work Highlights

Degree Details

Our BFA degree programs offer you opportunity to grow both as an Artist and Educator: 14 studio classes to develop a breadth of artistic skills and Pedagogy courses to learn the art and science of teaching.  Our two Master Programs focus on INNOVATION – M.A. in Art Education and ADVOCACY M.A. in Teaching.

Pre-College Programs

The Pre-College Art Experience Programs are programs that provide intensive art experiences for high school students. All high school students are invited to apply to take advantage of these full-tuition art scholarships (based on availability). Learn more about Pre-College Programs

Continuing Education

A flexible admissions process allows students to craft their own online education program. Dive deeper into fields you're already familiar with, or branch out into new creative disciplines. Learn more about Continuing Education

Technology and Facilities

You’ll have access to the latest technology and state of the art library to bring your educational goals to life.

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Careers in Art Education

Museum Educator

Inspire the next generation of artists as a museum educator. You’ll lead hands-on tours and activities for a range of audiences, as well as contribute to the educational growth of your community.

Community Arts Leader

As an arts leader in community settings you’ll plan, organize, and implement programs as well as activities for a wide range of audiences and settings. Help bring the arts to communities around the world or in your backyard and bring the joy of arts to everyone.

Art Teacher

As an art teacher in a private, public, or charter school, you’ll help inspire the artists of tomorrow directly in the classroom. You’ll prepare and implement lesson plans, address various learning styles and needs, and analyze qualitative and quantitative student data.


As an art education instructor at a university, you’ll contribute to the higher education of tomorrow’s artists. Explore complex subjects, lead class discussions, and encourage critical thinking as you guide students through various subjects.

Teaching Artist

As a teaching artist, you’ll instruct artists of the future in a variety of settings. You’ll develop curriculum and syllabi with Program Directors, coordinators, as well as lead teachers and establish lines of communication with students and their families.

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