Studio Art (BA) + MS in Education Dual-Level Program

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Combine your passion to teach with your interest in art with the Studio Art (BA) + MS in Education dual-level program.  

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

5 yrs


Why You Should Consider This Program:

This program provides you the skills and credentials you need to become an effective and innovative art educator. The ideal students for this program are interested in using their gifts in art making, art appreciation, and expression to educate students within a school setting. By completing this program, you will be able to teach in both public and private schools, as this program prepares you to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I Art Education (PK–12) certification and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Art Education (K–12) certification.  

How it Works:

This program condenses six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. By completing both degrees together, you will be eligible to receive your initial teaching certification that you would not be able to receive if you did the bachelor’s and master’s programs at Cairn separately. 

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Program Highlights:

  • Study and practice effective methodologies and teaching practices in a variety of contexts.
  • Develop and learn to share your personal voice as an artist from a biblical worldview.
  • Get involved in vibrant, student-led art-making workshops and exhibitions on campus.
  • Engage and learn from visiting artists every semester.
  • Visit local, regional, and East Coast art venues each semester.
  • Work closely with faculty as mentors throughout your studies.

Application Details

Apply to Cairn indicating your interest in the studio art major. Once you are accepted and on campus, you will have an academic advisor who will guide you through the steps of pursuing the dual-level program. 

Career Paths

  • Art Teacher
  • Arts Council Director
  • Professional Artist
  • Visual Art Apprentice
  • Gallery Operator
  • Arts Council Director
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Community Artist

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Students who receive their PA Instructional I certification can test to receive additional teaching certifications in other subjects such as mathematics, library science, and foreign languages. Learn more here.

At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

5 yrs

Programmatic Accreditation

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