Prepared for a Career in Art Education.
"I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with my Bachelor of Science in Art Education and I can honestly say that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I’m in the home stretch of completing my first year as an art educator. It seems like just yesterday I was learning about classroom management skills, writing my first lesson plan and completing my Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
The Art Education Program at UW-Stout did a great job in offering me opportunities to prepare for my career after graduation. Their rigorous and informative courses such as Multiculturalism, Special Education, Educational Psychology and various studio art courses taught me about diversity, differentiated instruction for all learners and, gave me the opportunity to be in real-life K-12 art classrooms. Along with courses, they also have options for students to get involved in the local community by being part of the Arts Integration of Menomonie Program (AIM). AIM provides paid internships that allow you to teach your own lessons to students, work with other art educators and offers grants to attend conferences in and out of the state.
I was very involved throughout my college career with AIM and other clubs associated with the Art Education Program. I was able to be a part of the National Art Education Association, Children’s Art Club on campus, and had various internships at Menomonie schools. The most rewarding experiences I had during my time at UW-Stout were from the National Art Education Conferences in Seattle, WA and Boston, MA which I attended in 2018 and 2019. At these conferences, I discovered what it meant to be an art educator and I’ve never felt more in my element.
During my first year as an educator, there have been difficult obstacles and hoops to jump through, but I felt prepared and confident to conquer them. I look back at notes, lessons, and even create projects based off of work I completed in college. I’m truly grateful to have met and learned from so many amazing colleagues, artists and professors in my program. Every day I wake up excited, zealous and feel rewarded to know that I’m doing something I love."
-- Makaya Ruhe
B.S. Art Education
Compared to other universities, UW-Stout’s Art Education program explores more deeply into our content area — art! We know that you have to be a great artist to be a great art teacher. You'll “advance” in a medium of your choosing, and you present your own art exhibit during your final year.
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