University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

Art Education

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    The Art Education Program encompasses two main disciplines: art and education. Our students grow into accomplished artists and experienced teachers who can impart their love and knowledge for the arts to students of all ages. The Art Education Program provides the tools for our students to become thoughtful and critical thinkers engaged with the broader field of art education. They learn to provide diverse populations with quality art education and understand how to advocate for the arts outside of the classroom.

    Students in the Art Education Program are enrolled in the College of Education and Social Services, and fulfill requirements in general education, professional art education, professional education, studio art, art history, and electives in related subjects. Graduates satisfy the College of Education and Social Services requirements for teacher licensure in art for grades Pre-K through 12.


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    Our students grow into accomplished artists and experienced teachers who can impart their love and knowledge for the arts to students of all ages.

    The Art Education program occupies a unique place among programs at the University of Vermont. Designed to serve students with a passion for art and education, the Art Education major straddles two Colleges. The professional education courses and BS degree come from the College of Education and Social Services, but the bulk of the coursework (Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, and general education requirements) comes from the College of Arts and Sciences. Typically the Art Education courses are small (6-15 students), and thus easily geared toward individual attention.

    Art educators need a broad, deep involvement in a variety of areas. To this end, the program requires 36 credit hours in Studio Art, 12 credit hours in Art History, 17 credit hours in Art Education, 12 credit hours in student teaching, 9 credit hours in professional education (special needs, foundations of education, human development), and 24 credit hours in a variety of liberal arts requirements, and14 credit hours in electives. (See Checklist in the Art Education Handbook)


    With the belief that experience in the classroom is the backbone of a strong program, most art education courses have a fieldwork component known as a practicum. The culminating Art Education experience is a 12-credit full-time student teaching practicum in a local public school, and an accompanying 3-credit seminar to help compile the licensure portfolio. (See Art Education Handbook)

    Upon graduation, students are certified by UVM to teach PreK-12 art in the public schools, but are not automatically licensed by the state. In order to become licensed by the state of Vermont, students must pass PRAXIS II (0135) the art content test, and then apply directly to the Vermont Department of Education. The VTDOE accepts the UVM certification as evidence that all requirements (other than PRAXIS II) have been met. (See Licensing Resources in Handbook)

    Our graduates have undertaken a variety of careers related to art education: public and private school art education at all levels, international art education, arts administration, art therapy, museum education, contemporary visual culture graduate school, arts program development, educational filmmaking, gallery direction, theater, architecture and university teaching. Because the classes are small and the degree is professional, alumni tend to keep in touch with faculty and peers, thus developing a broad national and international network of concerned and active art educators.

    Last modified December 23 2015 10:45 AM