Art Education - Eligibility and Application



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Students are invited to apply to the Art Education program once these eligibility requirements are met:
  1. Completed a minimum of 54 credits of college-level coursework by the end of the spring semester of application
  2. Completed 6 aesthetics credits + 20 studio credits
  3. Meet the minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 based on the last 60 credit rule.
  4. Meet ONE of the following basic skills requirements:
  • ACT: Earned a composite score of at least 23, with minimum scores of 20 on English, Math and reading within the last ten years.
  • SAT:  Earned a composite score of 1070, with minimum scores of 450 on Math and Verbal within the last ten years.
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators:  State-mandated minimum scores are Reading 156, Writing, 162, and Mathematics, 150.  Scores must be from within the last ten years and then submitted to Education Academic Services by March 1. Visit the Education Testing Services site for test dates and times.
  • CGRE:  Composite score of 298 with minimum score of 150 on verbal and 145 on math (scores must be from within the last ten years and then submitted to Education Academic Services by March 1).

Application Process

If all eligibility requirements are met, students may click on this link, complete and submit the web application by February 1. Be prepared to included these materials with the application:
  1. Transcripts for all college-level coursework. If you have only attended UW Madison, no need to submit transcripts.
  2. Submit scores for ACT, SAT, CRE or Praxis I.
  3. Images of your artwork:  Submit 6-10 high-quality images that best represent your skills, knowledge and interests in art. Formats: a URL if you have a website with images, a PowerPoint presentation or PDF with digital images and titles.
  4. A written statement (maximum of two pages, single spaced), addressing your experiences relevant to art and art education. The written statement will be reviewed for clarity of communication and quality of writing as well as depth and variety of life experiences relevant to art and teaching. As suggestions, students may want to choose one or more of the following topics to address in the statement:
  • How or why did you choose to pursue a career in art education?
  • What experience do you have working with children and/or diverse populations in formal programs or informal settings?
  • What leadership roles (paid or volunteer) helped you prepare for a career in art education? 
  • What is your professional involvements in fine arts, design, community arts, or art curriculum development?
  • Have you conducted research, published articles or pursued travel related to art education?

Notification of Admission into the Program

  1. The EAS Student Status Examiner and Art Education faculty will review program application materials during February and March. EAS will notify students of official admission into the Art Education Program by April 1 via email.
  2. The offer of admission will specify a deadline for the acceptance of this offer. Students must respond to EAS by this date; those who do not will forfeit their position.
  3. Admission is not final until EAS receives the acceptance and eligibility is confirmed through spring semester grades.
  4. Criminal background checks will be run on all students ad admission. Applicants must also complete a disclosure statement. More detailed information is available here.
  5. Once a student has been officially admitted to the program, the Art Education Program Director will contact him/her via email before the end of spring semester for advising and conversation.
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