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Art Education

School of Teacher Education

After August 1st 2017, current University of Wyoming students will not be permitted to declare or to change their undergraduate major to K-12 Art Education (ARED) for approximately one year. In addition, no applicants will be admitted to the Post-Baccalaureate teacher education or Graduate Certificate – TSC programs in this content area. During this period of time, we anticipate that the Art Education program may undergo a number of changes.If the program continues, students wishing to pursue the re-structured version of the Art Education program must still meet all of the College of Education admissions requirements (ACT/ SAT scores, UW GPA, background check, etc.) in order to do so. In the interim, we suggest that interested students consider declaring their degree in the Art B.A. program available from the Art Department in the UW College of Arts and Sciences ( ).

Welcome to Art Education at UW!

The goal of the art education program at UW is to produce art educators who are innovators and leaders in the teaching field as well as accomplished artists.  All graduates receive a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education (grades K-12) AND a concurrent major in Art.  A concurrent major will ensure that graduates are "highly qualified" teachers and will expand career possibilities. 

The program includes courses in pedagogy, teaching methods, special education, and art with an ongoing emphasis on interdisciplinary connections between art and other subjects.  Authentic classroom experiences are embedded throughout the program.  During residency, students will spend half of their experience at an elementary school and half at a secondary school.  Graduates will have the confidence, knowledge, and experience to teach art at the elementary, middle school, and high school level.

For those who already have a Bachelor's Degree in art and are interested in becoming certified to teach, we offer a Post-Baccalaureate Program that will lead to initial Wyoming teacher certification. The credits earned in this program can also be applied to a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, if you choose to pursue a graduate degree.

Undergraduate programs:

  • Art Education with a concurrent major in Art
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Art Education

Graduate programs:

  • Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction


The program sheet and other important information is located on the Forms and Links page.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Lydia Dambekalns
McWhinnie Hall 218

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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