University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Art & Design BFA - Art Education

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

Thank you for your interest in the Art Education Teacher Certification Programs in the Peck School of the Arts at UWM.

Our alumni teach in elementary, middle and high schools, and community arts organizations throughout the State of Wisconsin and around the world. Our program is both comprehensive and focused. After experiencing variety in studio-based courses, students choose a focus area in which they spend at least fifteen credit hours, many go on to do double majors. The requirements for studio, art history and critical thinking provide students with a broad range of experiences that prepare them well for today’s workplace demands. Our emphasis on integrating technology has given us an edge as well. Students in 300 level courses in the Art Education program are required to have a laptop computer for their course work by the first day of class. Click here for more information.

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 many 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.

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 is an ongoing theme in the program. Particular attention is given to teaching and learning that integrates studio activities with culturally diverse histories (both in art and the wider world) 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.

The Art Education program at UWM prepares students for exciting and dynamic educational careers in a broad range of settings. If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment please contact one of our faculty members.


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


For a list of all facilities offered within the Peck School of the Arts - Art & Design departments please visit the Art & Design Facilities page.

Admission Requirements

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.

A Pre-Art Ed designation will be given to all students intending to pursue the BFA with Teacher Certification (Art Education). Pre-Art Ed students will get priority registration in art courses over non-art majors. Pre-Art Ed students may apply to this program upon completion of 30 art credits if the following requirements have been fulfilled:

  1. Freshman Foundation courses in art
  2. English Composition Requirement
  3. Mathematical Skills Requirement
  4. Communication Proficiency
  5. Art Ed 227: Introduction to Art Education, 2.75 or better
  6. 2.75 cumulative grade point average. (GPA)
  7. Successful Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

Application Procedures:

After successful completion of the above, students may apply for admission to the BFA with Teacher Certification (Art Education) Program. Please request an application from the Office of Student Services.

  1. Application form
  2. Copies of college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for this purpose), demonstrating of completion of all Pre-Art Ed requirements (1 through 6 above).
  3. Copy of PPST test results.
  4. One-two page personal statement describing how past experiences, interests, and concerns relate to your decision to apply to the Art Education Program. Students who have had experience working with young people in the past should describe their teaching experiences to date. Students who have not had significant prior teaching experience are encouraged to write more extensive personal statements. The Art Education Area will accept students who do not have prior teaching experience, provided they demonstrate a disposition to learn to teach.


Applicants are requested to submit application materials as ONE COMPLETE PACKET containing all of the above items, all of which will be used as criteria for acceptance to the program.

Send application to:
Art Education Area Head
Art Building A 251
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Peck School of the Arts - Dept. of Visual Art
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211

General Admission Requirements

For a list of Peck School of the Arts admission requirements please visit the UWM Undergraduate Catalog

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 curriculum section of the UWM Peck School of the Arts Undergraduate Catalog


For more information:
Christine Woywod