Why are students excited about UVM's Art Education Program?

Art Education"Switching to Art Education as my major not only changed the course of my future, but it also kept me in school. If not for the passion I found here, I would have dropped out of college by now. I also found a group of beautiful humans who share that same passion and commitment to our collective future." - Kia'Rae Hanron '20

Designed to serve students with a passion for art and education, the Art Education program occupies a unique place among programs at UVM. Typically the Art Education courses are small and geared toward individual attention.

Students grow into accomplished artists and experienced teachers, fulfilling requirements in general education, professional art education, professional education, studio art, art history, and electives in related subjects. Graduates satisfy requirements for teacher licensure in art for grades Pre-K through 12.

Teacher instructing students in front of art piece

While the professional education courses come from the College of Education and Social Services, the bulk of the coursework (Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, and general education requirements) comes from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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.

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Major Requirements

Overview & Requirements

Sample 4-Year Plan

ARTS 001: Drawing (Studio Art Foundation)3ARTS 012: Perspectives on Art Making3
ARTH 005: Western Art: Ancient- Medieval (Art History)3ARTH 006: Western Art: Renaissance- Modern (Art History)3
HDFS 005: Human Development3EDSP 005: D2: Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities3
ENGS 001: Written Expressions3D1: Race and Racism3
HST 011: US History to 18653Science Course3
Learning Community Course (LC)1 - 3  
Semester Total:16 - 18Semester Total:15
Digital Media3Studio Art6
SU: Sustainability Course3Art History Elective3
Studio Art3QR: Quantitative Reasoning3
English Elective3Humanities3
POLS 021: American Political System3  
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
EDAR 177: Curriculum and Practice in Elementary Art4EDAR 283: Current Issues in Art and Education3
EDAR 178: Curriculum and Practice in Middle and Highschool Art4EDAR 284: Current Issues in Art and Education3
3-D Art3Art History Elective3
PSYS 001: Intro to Psychological Science3Studio Art6
Semester Total:14Semester Total:15
EDFS 203: Sociology, History and Philosophy Foundations of Education3EDSC 226: Teaching Internship12
Studio Art6EDSC 230: Teaching for Results3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15


Is UVM's Art Education Program for you?

  • Small class sizes and personalized attention
  • Students become thoughtful and critical thinkers engaged with the broader field of art education

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Graduate employment rate



  • Art Teacher (PreK-12)
  • Arts Director
  • Art Therapist
  • Musician

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