The Art Education program at Penn State is dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge across disciplinary and methodological boundaries, to promote leadership, social justice, global understandings, and innovative professional practice in relation to real-world problems.

The Art Education Program focuses on intersections among the study of works of art, visual culture, and educational practice and the evolving disciplines of child and youth culture, digital technologies, feminist and critical pedagogies, critical race theory, histories of art education, curriculum and cultural studies, arts-based research, and practice-led research.

Art Education faculty members and students form a community of inquirers and teachers who are interested in exploring a wide range of interests within and beyond the field of art education. This community thrives on expanding the ever-changing conceptualization of what the field of art education was, is, and will be. The program's approach to art education is expansive rather than exclusive. Students immerse themselves in the related but sometimes very different worlds of art, visual culture, and education.

"Penn State is Where Art Educators Come From." Professor Christine Marme Thompson

“Penn State Art Education has typically been a place where traditional approaches to research in art education are welcome, but it is also known as a place where art education research is reinvented. Our program has produced numerous graduates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels who have reinvented art education, pushed its conventional boundaries, and whose contributions have strengthened the field for decades.” Professor B. Steven Carpenter