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The Art Education program provides students with experience in liberal studies, art history, studio art and professional education. It is a Bachelor of Science degree program that prepares students for certification by the Department of Public Instruction for teaching art in elementary and secondary schools. An understanding of general studies, art history, the present status of art and the educational environment, with an inquisitive approach toward problem solving, will move students to a professional level. Experienced art and design faculty ensure current course content and serve as advisers for students. Pre-teaching observation, presented at the sophomore level, provides students with an early involvement in elementary and secondary schools. A required mid-program review offers students an overview of their progress. Extensive library resources and the art and design department visual resource center are significant assets. Foreign study opportunities allow students variety in cultural experiences. An optional 11 credit additional concentration in Adaptive Education is available.
Bachelor of Science Degree
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A mid-program portfolio review and a screening for continuation in the Art Education program are required for graduation. Before student teaching, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75, successfully complete the standardized content examination required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, compile a professional education portfolio and be fully admitted from pre-Art Education status to the Art Education program. Students present an exhibition of their work during one semester of their senior year. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each class, achieve a 2.75 grade point average in all art, art education, art history, design, and professional education courses, and successfully complete student teaching at both primary and secondary levels before graduation.
Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements. See the following website for additional information.
Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)
Three credits must be selected from RES-A.
Global Perspective (6 credits*)
Complete 6 credits of global perspective (GLP) approved courses, including GLP-approved instructor-led study abroad courses, or complete a program of university-approved work or university-approved study abroad not led by UW-Stout instructors.
General Education (40 credits)
Communication Skills (9 credits)
A grade of “C” or better is required in English and speech.
Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)
Remaining courses must be from the areas of analytic reasoning and natural sciences; at least one natural science course with a lab is required.
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Remaining 3 credits may not include HIST
Choose 3 additional credits from literature.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)
Courses must be selected from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Selective (3 credits)
Choose a selective course which requires a grade of “C” or better
Major Studies (80 credits)
Art and Design Requirements (24 credits)
Advanced Studio Selective (6 credits)
Select courses/credits from one studio focus area.
Art History Requirements (12 credits)
Professional Education Requirements (38 credits)
Teacher Education Requirements
Students proceed through a series of three benchmarks as they move toward licensure.
Benchmark II: Application for Student Teaching
Benchmark II must be completed prior to student teaching. Detailed information is online at: https://www.uwstout.edu/academics/colleges-schools/school-education/benchmark-information
- Complete Application for Student Teaching form
- Maintain a 2.75 grade point average
- Pass Content Knowledge Exam (Praxis II)
- Receive clearance through an updated background check
- Complete a satisfactory tuberculosis (TB) test
- Receive satisfactory portfolio assessment by faculty
- Receive satisfactory rating on Benchmark II Student Interview
- Submit copies of resume to the School of Education prior to student teaching
Benchmark III: Program Completion
Benchmark III must be completed before you can be recommended for licensure. Detailed information is online at: https://www.uwstout.edu/academics/colleges-schools/school-education/benchmark-information
- Complete electronic portfolio and receive a basic or higher proficiency level of assessment
- Complete all program coursework
- Meet all program-specific requirements
- Student teach at two levels: Elementary School and High School.
- Receive a satisfactory student teaching assessment