Students who would like to be an Art Education major must enroll in the College of Education and Social Services. Undergraduate students may declare their intention to be an Art Education major on their application to the University or by the beginning of sophomore year (if intending to graduate in 8 semesters). To change majors to become an Art Education major, students must first apply on line to become a member of the College of Education and Social Services, and then declare their major to be Art Education.
All students who wish to be an Art Education major are accepted if they have a 3.0 GPA (with the exception of first year students). A 3.0 GPA must be maintained in order to continue in the major as a junior. Additionally, juniors and seniors must have a minimum of a 3.0 in each professional art education course, including student teaching.
Students in the Art Education Program are considered Candidates in the Program until all requirements to graduate with certification in art have been successfully passed.
Students must meet with the Art Education advisor/director every semester to select courses and keep track of requirements for graduation and certification. However, students are ultimately personally responsible for monitoring their academic progress by looking at their CATs report.
Students must get approval from their advisor/art education director to set up student teaching prior to enrolling in EDSC 226 (student teaching).
Art Education Major
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 course work (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 grad school, arts program development, educational filmmaking, gallery direction, theater, architecture and university teaching. Because the classes are small and the degree is professional, alumnae tend to keep in touch with faculty and peers, thus developing a broad national and international network of concerned and active art educators.