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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 Justice

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 from acceptance through graduation
Praxis II (consult with area head)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with area head)


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.

Certificate - Arts Integration & Learning

Overview: The Certificate in Arts Integration and Learning is a 15-credit, multidisciplinary certificate program designed to give undergraduate and post baccalaureate students an understanding of best practices in arts integration with an emphasis on project based learning through students’ capstone experience. The Certificate is for students in any teacher certification program at UWM, but especially for Early Childhood Education; Middle Childhood/Early adolescence Education; Art, Music, Dance, or Theatre Education students who wish to complement their major with an additional concentration in Arts Integration. The Certificate is open to all students seeking a Bachelor’s degree or post baccalaureate certification, students who previously received a Bachelor’s degree with certification, and to non-degree students admitted to the university.

Certificate in Arts Integration and Learning Poster

For questions, or to declare a minor/certificate, contact the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office at (414) 229-4763 or psoa-advising@uwm.edu

Degree Curriculum 15 Credits
Teaching & Learning
(Choose from below) 3
ART-ED 227 Introduction to Art Education
*CURRINS 538 Introduction to New Literacies
*CURRINS 545 Reading in the Content Areas
CURRINS 651 Children’s Literature for Early Childhood
*Some sections: See co-program coordinator for approval prior to enrollment 
(Choose from below) 9
ART 150 Multicultural Art (GER A/CD)
ART 306 Into to Community Art
ART 402 Art & Design Workshop
ART-ED 130 Multicultural Art & Visual Learn Elem Ed (GER A/CD)
ART-ED 228 Learning Processes in Art Ed
CURRINS 547 Curriculum Applications of the Internet
CURRINS 400 Fieldwork in Schools, Agencies & Institutions
CURRINS 579 Current Topics
DANCE 219 Arts in Community Service
DANCE 233 Improvisation (requires instructor consent)
DANCE 420 Creating Dance in the Community
DANCE 460 Teaching Dance in Community Settings
FILM 150 Multicultural America (GER A/CD)
MUS ED 260 Making Music Connections w/Children (GER A)
THEATRE 111 Theatre Games (GER A)
THEATRE 204 Theatre & Social Change (GER A)
THEATRE 260 Storytelling (GER A)
THEATRE 260 Storytelling (GER A)
THEATRE 320 Arts & Social Entrepreneurship
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist
(Choose from below) 3
ART ED 489 Art Education Workshop
CURRINS 500 Workshop in Curriculum & Instruction


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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.

Careers in Art & Design

3D Animator/Modeler
Advertising Director
App Developer
Arts Administration
Art Critic/Writer
Art Dealer
Art Director
Art Education Teacher (K-12)
Art Gallery Owner
Art Historian
Art Therapist
Artisan Solutionist
Artist In Residence
Artists’ Agent
Augmented Reality
Caricature Artist
Collage Artist
Commercial Artist
Community Artist
Community Arts Organizer
Costume Designer
Creative Arts Officer/Director
Creative Services Manager
Cultural Relations
Design Manager
Digital Portrait Artist
Director Of Education & Community Engagement
Display Designer
Education Program Coordinator
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Exhibit Designer
Fashion Designer
Fine Artist
Fine Arts Director
Floral Designer
Font Designer
Freelance Artist
Furniture Designer/Restorer
Game Designer
Glass Sculptor
Graphic Designer
Graphic Artist
Industrial Designer
Interactive Designer
Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer/Maker
Lighting Designer
Make-Up Artist
Marketing & Sales
Mixed Media Artist
Motion Graphics Artist
Museum Director
Museum Exhibit Designer
Packaging Designer
Photo Editor/Retoucher
Photographic Stylist
Photographic Technician
Product Designer
Production Artist
Program Director/Coordinator
Prop Maker
Public Artist
Public Relations
Set Designer
Sketch Artist
Technical Designer, Apparel
Textile Designer
Toy Maker
University Administration
University Faculty
User Experience Designer
User Interface Designer
Video Game Designer
Visual Merchandiser
Visual/Special Effects Artist
Web Based Curators
Web Designer/Developer


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 photoPete Railandprailand@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Art Education

profile photoLiz Rexrex@uwm.edu

Lecturer, First Year Program

Lecturer, Art Education

profile photoChristine Woywodwoywod@uwm.eduArt 135

Department Chair, Art & Design

Area Head, Art Education

Associate Professor, Art Education

Art & Design Faculty & Staff