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Art Education

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.

View our Art Education Handbook.

Admission to the Art Education Program

Admission to the Art Ed Program for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students may declare their intention to be an Art Education major on their application to the University. They will be enrolled in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS). Undeclared students and students changing majors need to enroll in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) and declare themselves an Art Education major. To enroll, look on the CESS page on line. If you have questions contact CESS Student Services Office at (802) 656-3468.

Admission into Professional Licensure

While students may declare their intention to be Art Education majors, students must have a 3.0 GPA to pass into the Professional Licensure phase of the program, which begins in the fall of junior year. Those students with lower GPA’s must meet with the Associate Dean of CESS, Sha Bradley, to formulate a plan for improved academic status in order to continue in the program.

Admission to the Art Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program

The Art Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (PBTP) is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and who want to become licensed to teach in Vermont. Applicants who have a degree in an area other than Studio Art will need to provide evidence of 36 credits in Studio Art and 12 credits of course work in Art History. For more information, see Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program: Information & Application for Admission.

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