Art Education (Grades K-12) Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Completion of the Art Education Program and associated benchmark assessments will lead to endorsement for the following Wisconsin teaching license:

  • Art Education, grades K-12 (1550).

Students in all teacher education programs must satisfy the School of Education (SOE) core requirements.

Students in all teacher education programs must be admitted to the School of Education in order to complete their program requirements and be eligible for endorsement for the appropriate teaching license(s). Students majoring in art education (grades K-12) must meet specific program admission criteria.

Retention and advancement

Teacher candidates may be retained in their teacher education program provided they fulfill the conditions described in the SOE Retention Policy. Students must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching as described in the Student Teaching and Internship Policy. Additional SOE program requirements, including the culminating assessment of pedagogical knowledge, are described on the SOE catalog page.


Courses listed in more than one category may be counted only once.

Required general education courses (6 credits)

Besides the courses specified below, art education majors must satisfy additional general education requirements. The General Education Program requires a total of 42 credits.

EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers 1, 43
EDS 206Multicultural Education 2, 43
Total Credits6

Global education (3 credits)

Select one of the following:
Visual Language in the Global Classroom 3, 5
Teaching Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum

Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Self and Society (GE Category 6).


Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Minority Cultures or Multiracial Women's Studies (GE Category 3).


Counts towards General Education Program requirement: Arts (GE Category 8).

Allied course requirements for education majors (9 credits)

PSY 212Lifespan Development 43
SPE 200Foundations of Special Education 43
TSL 250Educating Multilingual Learners3
Total Credits9

Art major content requirements (45 credits)

Art history6
Select two courses:
Introduction to Museum Studies 1
Survey of Art History 1, 5
Writing About Art
Art and the Environment in the United States
Themes of Contemporary Art 3
Selected Topics in Art History
Select one of the following:
Drawing Foundations
Drawing II
2-D foundational courses8
Painting - select one of the following:
Painting Media I
Drawing and Painting Media
Additional 2-D electives - select one of the following:
Introduction to Digital Art and Design
Print Media I
Photography and Imaging I 3
3-D foundational courses8
Introduction to Ceramics
Additional 3-D electives - select one of the following:
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Metalsmithing
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Digital media foundational course4
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Digital Art and Design
Photography and Imaging I 3
Studio focus 12
Select 12 credits in the following 300/400-level studio courses:
Color Theory
Painting Media II
Drawing and Painting Media
Intermediate Digital Art and Design
Intermediate Sculpture
Intermediate Ceramics
Print Media II
Intermediate Metalsmithing: Forging and Raising
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Intermediate Blacksmithing
Drawing III
Photography and Imaging II
Documentary Strategies in Photography
Special Projects in Photography
Portraiture in Photography
Advanced Digital Photography and Imaging
Expanded Practices in Painting Media
Advanced Digital Art and Design
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Ceramics
Expanded Practices in Print Media
Advanced Print Media Workshop
Advanced Metalsmithing
Perspectives in Art
Advanced Drawing
Perspectives in Art: Photography
Experimental Photography and Imaging
ART 498Professional Practices and Exhibition3
Total Credits45

Art education requirements (12 credits)

Courses requiring admission to the School of Education

Methods courses
ART 401Foundational Methods in Art Education 4, 63
ART 403Contemporary Methods in Art Education 4, 63
Field experience courses
ART 361Art Education Field Experience I 4, 63
ART 461Art Education Field Experience II 4, 63
Total Credits12

Student teaching semester (12 credits)7

EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar 41
One of the following: 411
Student Teaching: Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12)
Teaching Internship

Also satisfies an SOE core requirement.


Recommended course.


ART 361 and ART 461 must be taken concurrently with ART 401 or ART 403


Must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching. For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.

  • A maximum of twelve credits are allowed to overlap between the art education major and art therapy minor. 
  • A maximum of eight credits are allowed to overlap between the art education major and the following art minors: photography, art history, or digital media.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed on the School of Education catalog page.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Math4
ART 1624CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)3ART 2164
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
ART 302 (Gen Ed Arts/Global Education major requirement)3EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
 16 17
Year 2
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4PSY 2123
ART 205 or 3064Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Art History Course3ART 207 or 2724
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3Gen Ed Arts (not from ART)2-3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
 16 16
Year 3
TSL 2503ART 40133
Art History Course3ART 36133
2-D Elective4300/400-Level Studio4
3-D Elective4300/400-Level Studio4
Apply for admission to SOE1 Apply for Field Experience II2 
Apply for Field Experience I2 Apply for Student Teaching4 
 14 14
Year 4
SPE 2003All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.5 
ART 40333EDS 4921
ART 46133EDS 49711
ART 4983 
300/400-Level Studio4 
 16 12
Total Credits: 121

See the SOE admissions website for complete admission and application details. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check at the time of application for admission.


Students applying for field and student teaching placements will be asked to disclose any criminal charges.


ART 361 and ART 461 must be taken concurrently with ART 401 or ART 403.


Students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Field Experience one year prior to the student teaching semester.


For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.