Art class

Majors & Minors

Art Education Degree

Program Overview

The Art Education program is a comprehensive 54-credit broad area major preparing students in visual art and design for a K-12 license to teach art in public schools. The major includes a broad introduction in studio arts, art history, art foundations, art education methodology and the opportunity to go into depth in an area to develop advanced art making or art history research skills.

Highlights of the Art Education Major

  • The Art Education Lab is a spacious light-filled room that is modeled on a general art classroom in the schools and has technology and resources for students to develop examples, art curriculum and instructional materials.

  • Students have many opportunities to participate in art service-learning projects to build their professional experience.

  • All students spend time in the field observing and teaching art, through a unique variety of clinical field experiences in rural, urban and suburban settings in the schools, before their student teaching.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Translate your content understanding into effective education for others.
  • Appreciate the creative process and behaviors.
  • Examine approaches to teaching about western and non-western cultural forms of art.
  • Build a strong background in art history.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare you for a career in art education. Our graduates gain employment as teachers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and beyond. Following is a list of potential job titles and employers that have hired graduates of the program: 

Job Titles

  • K-12 Art Educator


  • Brainerd Public Schools (Minn.)
  • South Washington County Schools (Minn.)
  • Hudson School District (Wis.)
  • Cameron School District (Wis.)
  • Racine Unified School District (Wis.)

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