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Field Experiences

Extensive early field experiences in school and community settings, followed by two nine-week student teaching placements in elementary and secondary classrooms, give students many opportunities to implement their art teaching skills with students of various backgrounds, ages, and abilities in supervised settings. Students receive ongoing feedback from experienced art educators.

Arts Integration

Our program emphasizes integration of art with other subject areas. Particular attention is given to teaching and learning that integrates studio activities with culturally diverse histories and contemporary forms of visual culture. Students learn how to advocate for and support children and youth of all abilities.

Social Entrepreneurship

Coursework focuses on issues of social justice and urban education as well as integrated, contemporary art-based curriculum and instruction. Through the Art Education Community Engagement Initiative, we have partnerships with schools and community groups that allow us to incorporate high quality field experiences before student teaching, to best prepare our students for the teaching profession. ArtsECO allows art education students to expand on these opportunities through scholarships to support their studies and internships in a variety of community settings.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Art Education EC-A

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – ARTHIST 101 & 102 6
Social Science – COMM 101 & ACT 31 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Required Education Courses
ED PSY 330 3
CURRINS 343 or CURRINS 545 3
EXCEDUC 300, 531, or 605 3
Advanced Art History 3
Peck School of the Arts (2 arts areas outside department) 6
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 3
General (outside department) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas
Art Core 62 Credits
First Year Program (2.5 Cumulative GPA)
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Art Survey 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts 3
ART 201 Drawing II 3
ART 342 Intro to Figure Drawing 3
Studio Electives
(Choose from below) 21
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice
ART 221 Intro to Design
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photography
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print & Narrative Forms
Critical Thinking
(Choose from below) 3
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar
Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design class listings in consultation with advisor) 12
Degree Curriculum 28 Credits
Introductory Course
ARTED 277 Intro to Art Education 3
Method Courses
ARTED 228 Learning Process in Art Education 3
ARTED 327 Theory & Practice: Elementary 6
ARTED 328 Theory & Practice: Secondary 6
ARTED 425 Student Teaching in Art I: Elementary 5
ARTED 426 Student Teaching in Art II: Secondary 5
ARTED 699 Independent Reading & Research *(optional) 2*

Education Certification Requirements
Pre-Professional Skills requirement (consult with advisor)
COMM 101 or 103
Act 31 Requirement (workshop OR AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, or HIST 263)
2.75 Cumulative GPA at graduation
Praxis II (consult with advisor)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with advisor)

Post Baccalaureate - Art Education Teaching Certification

Students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts are eligible to apply for post baccalaureate studies in art education. Through these studies, students complete remaining undergraduate coursework and requirements leading to a recommendation for certification to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach art in grades K-12.


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Maikue Vang

BFA, Art Education | 2012

As the Art Education Coordinator at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, she develops arts curriculum that invites and/or incorporates local artists. Read more about her recent collaboration at MPS Parkside School of the Arts.


Art Museums & Galleries
Exhibit Design/Preparation
Exhibiting Artist
Public Relations
Travel/Tour Guides
Visiting Artist

Art Sales
Art Agent/Consultant
Art Dealer
Art Manufacturer Sales
Art Sales
Corporate Curator

Design & Visual Communication
Digital Photo Editor
Graphic Designer
Multimedia Design
Product Design
Web Design

Arts Administration
Art Councils
Art Libraries
Community Centers
Public & Private Schools
Public Policy

Art Criticism
Art Journalism


Dedicated Art Education Faculty

profile photoKim Cosier(414) 229 -4258kcosier@uwm.eduArt 291

Professor, Art Education

profile photoCatherine LossArt Educationcloss@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Art Education

profile photoLiz Rexrex@uwm.edu

Lecturer, First Year Program

Lecturer, Art Education

profile photoChristine Woywodwoywod@uwm.eduArt 135

Area Head, Art Education

Associate Professor, Art Education

Art & Design Faculty & Staff