B.S. Art Education

Are you a talented artist and great with kids?
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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.

As you earn your certification to teach art in K-12, you’ll study art, art history, design, visual culture, and art education technologies. / UW-Stout

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education is recognized nationally for the renowned art courses offered by its School of Art & Design. Art Education graduates have an excellent reputation as high-quality teaching professionals among school districts, and are highly sought after throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements. See the following website for additional information. 

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education results in certification for K-12 and offers hands-on experience and great value:

  • Four years to complete degree includes student teaching
  • Macintosh laptop with design software included
  • Nationally renowned art and design faculty
  • First-year learning community
  • Applied, authentic learning and leadership opportunities 
    help you stand out and step up

UW-Stout's School of Art and Design has received national and international acclaim. You will receive the best art instruction for state school tuition. The professor for art education courses has a Ph.D. in Art Education and more than 12 years of K-12 art teaching experience prior to leading the program.


100% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

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.

"UW-Stout is where to go if you want to be an art teacher. It has such a strong art program that I have thrived in. The university and city of Menomonie have been great communities."

-- Karli Jopp
B.S. Art Education

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“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. As an art teacher, you join the noblest of professions while sharing your passion for art with young people! 

At the Heart of Education is the Teacher

Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) is a collaborative partnership with the Menomonie School District and community.
Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

  • There are no additional requirements for new freshmen.

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from the last institution attended.

Students who meet this requirement will be admitted to the university in their chosen Education major. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements. Additional information can be found at the School of Education website.

Students whose cumulative GPA is lower than the 2.75 will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis for admission consideration.

Student Testimonials

"We are helping students have an avenue to express themselves and create great artwork."
Dane Hodges
Art Education Student Teacher 

"By far, the major highlights of my experience studying Art Education at UW-Stout were the many opportunities for hands-on experience and professional growth. From the very beginning of the program, there are so many community programs, student organizations, and exciting courses to choose from. I was building my leadership skills, my teaching pedagogy, and my understanding of student learning all before I even began student teaching! Now that I have graduated and have my very own teaching position in my own classroom, I fully believe that my teaching experiences at UW-Stout are what have prepared me to be where I am today and have helped me grow to become the art educator that I need to be for my students."
Amanda Kirkman
Art Teacher at Racine Unified School District

"I truly enjoyed my time as an Art Education major at UW-Stout. I feel that I graduated as an expert in my field due to excellent art and education courses and professors. There were numerous leadership opportunities and ways to get involved that allowed me to graduate feeling confident and prepared for my teaching career."
Rebecca Lindusky



AE Advisory Board

 2020 AE Advisory Board

Bob  Atwell Professor CACHSS/Art and Art History
Daniel Atyium Assistant Professor CACHSS/Art and Art History
Elsbeth  Bandli CAC Co-Coordinator  Art Education student
David Beck Associate Dean/Director CACHSS/SOAD
Mekenzie  Bisel  Student- NAEA Co-President  
Cynthia  Bland Professor CACHSS/Art and Art History
Olivia Bonlander CAC Co-Coordinator  Art Education student
Lori  Brenner Secondary (Middle School) Art Teacher Menomonie School District
James  Bryan Associate Professor CACHSS/Art and Art History
Tracy  DeRusha Placement Coordinator CEHHHS/SOE
Lauren  Dillinger Student- NAEA Co-President Art Education student
Heather  Klanderman Certification Officer CEHHHS/SOE
Peggy  Larson Elementary Art Teacher Menomonie School District
Charles  Lume Department Chair CACHSS/Art and Art History
Jacob  Mazourek Student -Off Campus Ambassador  
Ann  Oberding Program Director, Art Education CEHHHS/SOE
Bryan Ritchie Professor CACHSS/Art and Art History
Johna  Stern  Secondary (Middle School) Art Teacher Eau Claire School District
Tami Rae  Weiss AIM Executive Director, Art Education CEHHHS/School of Education(SOE)
Geof Wheeler Program Director, Studio Art  CACHSS/Art and Art History

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