You’re a talented artist. You’re great with kids. You enjoy showing young people how to create things. Although teaching can be complex and demanding, your gifts are the right combination for a successful career in Art Education.

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As an art teacher, you join the noblest of professions while sharing your passion for art with young people! An Art Education degree from UW-Stout consists of:

  • General Education courses  »  40 credits,
  • Art and Design courses  »  42 credits, and
  • Professional Education courses  »  38 credits

The 120 required credits in the Art Education program signifies degree completion in four years of college, including student teaching. You'll spend less time and money in college and you'll start your career sooner!  

UW-Stout is recognized nationally in the field of Art Education and for the renowned art courses offered by its School of Art & Design. The program is accredited by two national organizations — the National Association for Schools of Art and Design, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

UW-Stout graduates have an excellent reputation as high quality teaching professionals among hiring school districts, and are highly sought after throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Teacher is reporting average starting teaching salaries in Wisconsin at $33,170 — learn more on their website. Stout's Art Education program has reported strong employment success for the past two decades.

Why choose UW-Stout?

  1. 95% career employment or better in Art Education for the last nine years.

  2. Four years to earn a college degree and a qualify for a teaching license. See our Four-Year Graduation Guarantee.

  3. Applied learning: You'll be out in the field as early as your freshman introductory course, teaching art to students in schools.  

  4. Our renowned art, design and art education courses and faculty. UW-Stout's School of Art and Design has received national and international acclaim. Receive the best art instruction for state school tuition. The professor for art education courses has an earned Ph.D. in Art Education and more than 12 years K-12 art teaching experience prior to leading the program.

  5. Technology focus: You'll receive a Macintosh computer with thousands of dollars worth of software including the Adobe Creative Suite of products.

  6. Formal partnership with area school districts for teaching experiences. You'll receive rich, authentic teaching experiences and work with master art teacher mentors within an arm’s reach.

  7. Art focus and senior show: Compared to other universities, UW-Stout’s Art Education program explores more deeply into our content area — art! We know that you have to be a great artist in order to be a great art teacher. You'll “advance” in a medium of your choosing, and you present your own art exhibit during your final year.

  8. Many leadership, scholarship, and on-campus job opportunities. “Student Ambassador,” “Student of the Year” and “Scholar Athlete” are among the honors that Art Education students have earned. Many students find employment in art labs on campus. And we have a very active student organization.

  9. Connections between faculty and students. UW-Stout is a close-knit community — professors are ultra-friendly, and class sizes are small. The Program Director provides frequent advisement and support.

  10. Additional opportunities include study abroad, a double major, minors and certificates. Study abroad options allow you to take courses in other countries that will apply toward your degree. Set yourself apart and add a second major, a minor or certificate, including Studio Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Photography, Spanish, Coaching, and many others. 

We believe there is an artist in every child

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The B.S. in Art Education program provides a specialized education and is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.

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