Art Educators must have deep involvement in studio experience and a solid background in art history. The required 36 hours of studio art and 12 credits of Art History are taught by faculty in the Department of Art in the College of Arts & Sciences, providing students with teaching and critiques from faculty who are working artists with outstanding credentials. The program combines these substantial studio and art history components with art education and professional education requirements. Students enroll in the program through the University's College of Education and Social Services. Courses are taken in the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as in the College of Education and Social Services.
Students work in public schools, where they observe and teach at elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as at alternative sites, such as museums, hospitals, correctional institutions, programs for the elderly, mental health and human services sites, and galleries. The program ends with a semester of teaching under the supervision of a master art educator.
More than half of our graduates go directly into professional careers, including public school education, arts administration, private school education, museum education, arts program development, educational filmmaking, gallery direction, theatre, architecture, and university teaching. Others pursue graduate degrees in fields such as education, studio art, art therapy and museum education.
Students begin their course of study by enrolling in the College of Education and Social Services. During the freshman and sophomore years, students are considered candidates in the Art Education program. Admission as a program major is granted at the beginning of the junior year, following a formal review during second semester of the sophomore year.
Course offerings span a wide range of topics, including theories and methods in arts instruction, arts integration, children's artistic development, discipline-based arts education and multi-talent learning. Majors review current research in teaching and assessment practices and examine specific art education topics such as health hazards, arts in therapy, museum education, international arts education and arts in special populations.
The program is approved by the Vermont State Department of Education, which has reciprocity with many states and the District of Columbia. Successful program completion leads to licensure and an endorsement to teach Art Education (PreK-Grade 12).