B.S. Art Education

Merge your artistic skills with a passion for teaching.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Careers & Salaries Career Outcomes
Delivery On Campus

Make a Difference Teaching Art.

At UW-Stout, our Bachelor of Science in Art Education uniquely combines your artistic talents with the rewarding field of teaching. This program, ideal for those with a passion for art and educating young minds, offers a dynamic curriculum that blends creative skill development with educational theory and practice. You'll engage in hands-on learning, preparing you to inspire and guide the next generation of artists in various educational settings. Our comprehensive approach not only enhances your teaching abilities but also enriches your artistic expertise, equipping you to navigate the complexities of modern education. Embark on this journey at UW-Stout, where your artistic gifts and passion for teaching converge for a fulfilling career in Art Education.

B.F.A Studio Art is NASAD accredited.

The B.F.A Art Education program provides a specialized education and is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.

As you earn your certification to teach art in K-12, you’ll study art, art history, design, visual culture, and art education technologies. / UW-Stout

Career-Defining Curriculum

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education is recognized nationally for the renowned art courses offered by its School of Art & Design. Art Education graduates have an excellent reputation as high-quality teaching professionals among school districts, and are highly sought after throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. The program also meets initial licensure requirements in all other states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. If you are located in another state, there may be additional requirements to complete after obtaining initial licensure. Visit our website for additional information.

Your Pathway to Teaching Artistic Excellence.

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education results in certification for K-12 and offers hands-on experience and great value:

  • Four years to complete the degree includes student teaching
  • Mac laptop with design software included
  • Nationally renowned art and design faculty
  • First-year learning community
  • Applied, authentic learning and leadership opportunities 
    help you stand out and step up

UW-Stout's School of Art & Design has received national and international acclaim. You will receive the best art instruction for state school tuition. The professor for art education courses has a Ph.D. in Art Education and more than 12 years of K-12 art teaching experience prior to leading the program.


100% of Graduates Are Employed or Continuing Education.

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Ready to Do More on Day One.

Compared to other universities, UW-Stout’s Art Education program dives more deeply into our content area — art! We know that you have to be a great artist to be a great art teacher. You'll “advance” in a medium of your choosing, and you present your own art exhibit during your final year.

Photo of Makaya Ruhe

"I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with my Bachelor of Science in Art Education and I can honestly say that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I’m in the home stretch of completing my first year as an art educator. It seems like just yesterday I was learning about classroom management skills, writing my first lesson plan and completing my Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

The Art Education Program at UW-Stout did a great job in offering me opportunities to prepare for my career after graduation. Their rigorous and informative courses such as Multiculturalism, Special Education, Educational Psychology and various studio art courses taught me about diversity, differentiated instruction for all learners and, gave me the opportunity to be in real-life K-12 art classrooms. Along with courses, they also have options for students to get involved in the local community by being part of the Arts Integration of Menomonie Program (AIM). AIM provides paid internships that allow you to teach your own lessons to students, work with other art educators and offers grants to attend conferences in and out of the state.

Photo of Makaya RuheI was very involved throughout my college career with AIM and other clubs associated with the Art Education Program. I was able to be a part of the National Art Education Association, Children’s Art Club on campus, and had various internships at Menomonie schools. The most rewarding experiences I had during my time at UW-Stout were from the National Art Education Conferences in Seattle, WA and Boston, MA which I attended in 2018 and 2019. At these conferences, I discovered what it meant to be an art educator and I’ve never felt more in my element.

During my first year as an educator, there have been difficult obstacles and hoops to jump through, but I felt prepared and confident to conquer them. I look back at notes, lessons, and even create projects based off of work I completed in college. I’m truly grateful to have met and learned from so many amazing colleagues, artists and professors in my program. Every day I wake up excited, zealous and feel rewarded to know that I’m doing something I love."

~ Makaya Ruhe
B.S. Art Education

Art Education Honors

“Student Ambassador,” “Student of the Year” and “Scholar Athlete” are among the honors that Art Education students have earned. Many students find employment in art labs on campus. And we have a very active student organization. As an art teacher, you join the noblest of professions while sharing your passion for art with young people! 

At the Heart of Education is the Teacher

Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) is a collaborative partnership with the Menomonie School District and community.
Admissions Requirements

New First-Year Students

  • There are no additional requirements for new first-year students.

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from the last institution attended.

Students who meet this requirement will be admitted to the university in their chosen Education major. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements. Additional information can be found at the School of Education website.

Students whose cumulative GPA is lower than the 2.75 will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis for admission consideration.

Student Testimonials

"UW-Stout is where to go if you want to be an art teacher. It has such a strong art program that I have thrived in. The university and city of Menomonie have been great communities."

-- Karli Jopp
B.S. Art Education

"We are helping students have an avenue to express themselves and create great artwork."

Dane Hodges
Art Education Student Teacher 

"By far, the major highlights of my experience studying Art Education at UW-Stout were the many opportunities for hands-on experience and professional growth. From the very beginning of the program, there are so many community programs, student organizations, and exciting courses to choose from. I was building my leadership skills, my teaching pedagogy, and my understanding of student learning all before I even began student teaching! Now that I have graduated and have my very own teaching position in my own classroom, I fully believe that my teaching experiences at UW-Stout are what have prepared me to be where I am today and have helped me grow to become the art educator that I need to be for my students."


Amanda Kirkman
Art Teacher at Racine Unified School District


"I truly enjoyed my time as an Art Education major at UW-Stout. I feel that I graduated as an expert in my field due to excellent art and education courses and professors. There were numerous leadership opportunities and ways to get involved that allowed me to graduate feeling confident and prepared for my teaching career."

Rebecca Lindusky




Program Advisory Committee

 Program Advisory Members

Bob AtwellProfessorUW-Stout, Art and Art History
DanielAtyiumAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout, Art and Art History
DavidBeckAssociate Dean/DirectorUW-Stout, SOAD
Cynthia BlandProfessorUW-Stout, Art and Art History
Lori BrennerSecondary (Middle School) Art TeacherMenomonie School District
James BryanAssociate ProfessorUW-Stout, Art and Art History
Tracy DeRushaPlacement CoordinatorUW-Stout, SOE
Heather KlandermanCertification OfficerUW-Stout, SOE
Peggy LarsonElementary Art TeacherMenomonie School District
Charles LumeDepartment ChairUW-Stout, Art and Art History
Ann CarlisleProgram Director, Art EducationUW-Stout, SOE
BryanRitchieProfessorUW-Stout, Art and Art History
Johna Stern Stout AlumniEau Claire School District
Tami Rae WeissAIM Executive Director, Art EducationUW-Stout, School of Education(SOE)
GeofWheelerProgram Director, Studio Art UW-Stout, Art and Art History
Gwen Stein NAEA PresidentArt Education student
BaileyIwenCAC CoordinatorArt Education student
Amelia JohnsonCAC Co-Coordinator Art Education student
Professional Licensure Requirements

This program is designed to meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the state of Wisconsin. Professional licensure/certification prerequisites vary from state to state, and we are not able to determine whether our program meets prerequisites in other states. If you intend to work in another state, contact that state's regulatory authority to determine if our program will meet the licensure/certification requirements, and contact the UW-Stout Program Director for assistance. Please see the following website for additional information.

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