University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Teacher Certification Programs in Art

BFA in Art Education with Teacher Certification
Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Art Education

Thank you for your interest in the Art Education Teacher Certification Programs in the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. Both the BFA in Art Education and Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Art Education prepare students to be candidates for K-12 art teacher licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

In the Art Education program students examine theory and practice in elementary and secondary schools and community-based settings in a number of ways:

  • Hands-on exploration of materials and techniques and instructional strategies.
  • Integration of art with other subject areas. Particular attention is given to teaching and learning that integrates studio activities with culturally diverse histories and contemporary forms of visual culture.
  • Exploration of best practices associated with special populations. Students learn how to advocate for and support children and youth of all abilities.
  • Critical analysis of theoretical stances that underpin various approaches to teaching in the field today. Comparisons are made among learner-centered, discipline-based, and socio-cultural orientations to art teaching and learning. We believe that it is possible to craft an approach to the teaching of art that incorporates the best of these orientations.
  • Extensive early field experiences in school and community settings, followed by two nine-week student teaching placements in elementary and secondary classrooms, give students many opportunities to implement their art teaching skills with students of various backgrounds, ages, and abilities in supervised settings. Students receive ongoing feedback from experienced art educators.

In Art Education coursework, we focus on issues of social justice and urban education as well as integrated, contemporary art-based curriculum and instruction. Through the Art Education Community Engagement Initiative, we have partnerships with schools and community groups that allow us to incorporate high quality field experiences before student teaching, to best prepare our students for the teaching profession. ArtsECO allows art education students to expand on these opportunities through scholarships to support their studies and internships in a variety of community settings. 


For a list of current faculty and staff with contact information and biographies please visit the Art & Design Faculty & Staff page.

General Admission Requirements

Visit the UWM Undergraduate Catalog for a list of Peck School of the Arts admission requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

BFA in Art Education with Teacher Certification

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with Teacher Certification degree program prepares students for recommendation for certification to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach art in grades K-12. The BFA academic degree is granted by the Peck School of the Arts.

Students pursuing the BFA with Teacher Certification in Art Education are considered intended majors until the following requirements are met:

  1. First Year Program courses
  2. English Composition Requirement
  3. Mathematical Skills Requirement
  4. Communication Proficiency
  5. Act 31 Requirement
  6. Art Ed 227: Introduction to Art Education, B or better
  7. 2.75 cumulative grade point average. (GPA)
  8. Pre-Professional Skills Requirement (PPSR) e.g. qualifying ACT, SAT, GRE, or Praxis CORE exam scores

Intended art education majors interested enrolling in Art Ed 327 should meet face to face with their PSOA advisor no later than mid-April to both confirm that the above requirements have been met, complete an add/drop form for Art Ed 327, and officially move from intended to declared art education major. 

Post Baccalaureate Studies in Art Education

Students who have already earned a BA or BFA in visual arts are eligible to apply for post baccalaureate studies in art education. Through post baccalaureate studies, students complete remaining undergraduate level coursework and requirements leading to a recommendation for certification to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach art in grades K-12. Please follow the admission procedures to apply.

Course Descriptions

For a complete list of current offered courses please visit the UWM Peck School of the Arts Undergraduate Catalog


For updated curriculum please visit the Art Education curriculum section of the UWM Peck School of the Arts Undergraduate Catalog

Required Assessments

In addition to the Pre-Professional Skills Requirement for program admittance, Art Education majors must have passing Praxis Subject Assessment (Formerly Praxis II) scores on record before applying for Art Ed 425/426 Student Teaching. edTPA is completed during Art Ed 425/426 Student Teaching.


For more information on Teacher Certification Programs in Art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, please email Dr. Christine Woywod at

For information about scholarships for art education students through Arts ECO, please visit the Arts ECO scholarship page or email Joelle Worm at