The Certificate in Arts and Teaching is a great opportunity for undergraduate art-makers from all disciplines to incorporate teaching into their professional practice. The teaching artist is a valued professional in a range of learning settings from museums to theatre companies to providing support for school-based arts programs. We are excited to offer undergraduates from across campus the opportunity to learn about theories of teaching and learning, to work alongside future classroom teachers and other arts practitioners, and to get the opportunity to try out teaching artist work in a community-based learning setting.

The program includes two required courses, CURRIC 328 Arts Integration for Teaching and Learning and CURRIC 329 Teaching Artist Practicum, and three electives offering a range of experiences in introductory education and arts practice courses. This program is for all student-artists, those who are majoring in the arts and those who practice their art form in their lives outside of the classroom. While you will not earn a teaching license to teach art in schools, the completion of this certificate will likely make you more competitive for jobs that require teaching experience in the arts, including afterschool programs, museum education, non-profit organizations, and private arts studios.

All current UW-Madison undergraduates are eligible to complete the Certificate in Arts and Teaching. Students should meet with the certificate advisor to discuss their intention to pursue the certificate. Appointments may be arranged via email. To declare the certificate, students must also complete the declaration form located on the School of Education's Certificate Programs page.

Course requirements

The Certificate in Arts and Teaching requires the following course distribution for a minimum of 15 credits. At least 8 credits must be completed in residence. Students must complete two required courses, CURRIC 328 and CURRIC 329, one course in Foundations of Teaching and Learning, and two courses in the Arts. Students are encouraged to take Arts courses that will broaden their artistic practice. 

Completion of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in certificate coursework.

Required courses

CURRIC 328 Arts Integration for Teaching and Learning3
CURRIC 329 Teaching Artist Practicum3

Foundations of teaching and learning

Select 3 credits from the following:

CURRIC 209 Digital Media and Literacy3
CURRIC 305 Integrating the Teaching of Reading with Other Language Arts3
CURRIC 331 Taking Education Outside of School3
CURRIC 364 Introduction to Education3
ED PSYCH 301 How People Learn3
ED PSYCH 320 Human Development in Infancy and Childhood2-3
ED POL 200 Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in American Education3
ED POL 300 School and Society3
ED POL 450 Rethinking "After-School" Education3

 Courses in the arts

Select 6 credits from the following:

ART 100 Introduction to Art3
ART 102 Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 104 Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms3
ART 108 Foundations of Contemporary Art3
ART 112 Drawing I3
ART 176 Digital Photography for Non-Art Majors4
ART 208 Current Directions in Art3
ART 212 Drawing Methods & Concepts3
ART 214 Sculpture I4
ART 222 Introduction to Painting3-4
ART 224 Ceramics I4
ART/​DS  226 Textile Design: Off-Loom Construction3
ART/​DS  229 Textile Design: Weaving I3
ART 232 Life Drawing I4
ART 236 Bascom Course3
ART 242 Watercolor I3-4
ART 244 Art Metal I3-4
ART 302 Color4
ART 306 Relief Printmaking3-4
ART 307 Making Comics 14
ART 309 Digital Art and Code4
ART 312 Intermediate Drawing I3-4
ART 314 Sculpture II4
ART 316 Lithography4
ART 318 Introduction to Video, Performance & Installation Art4
ART 322 Intermediate Painting I4
ART 324 Ceramics II4
ART 326 Etching4
ART 332 Life Drawing II4
ART 334 Wood Working3-4
ART 336 Serigraphy3-4
ART 338 Service Learning in Art2
ART/​DANCE  341 Sound Design for the Performing and Visual Arts3
ART 342 Watercolor II4
ART 343 Metal Fabrication and Welding in Sculpture3-4
ART 346 Basic Graphic Design4
ART 348 Introduction to Digital Printmaking4
ART 354 Glassworking4
ART 356 Coding for Graphic Design4
ART/​THEATRE  366 Stage Lighting I3
ART/​THEATRE  372 Set Design I3
ART 376 Photography4
ART 393 Internships in Art1
ART ED 321 Introduction to Teaching Art2
ART ED 323 Foundations in Art Education3
ART ED 324 Methods in Art Education3
DANCE 156 Movement as Material Through Improvisation2
DANCE 131 Somatic Theory and Practices2
DANCE 157 Introduction to Movement Analysis2
DANCE 231 Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy2
DS 341 Design Thinking for Transformation3
M H R/​INTEGART  632 Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship3
M H R/​INTEGART  636 Entrepreneurship in Arts & Cultural Organizations3
MUSIC 151 Basic Concepts of Music Theory3
MUSIC 240 Interplay between Music, Art, and Society3
MUSIC 497 Special Topics in Music1-3
CURRIC/​SLAVIC/​THEATRE  362 Drama for Teaching and Learning3
THEATRE 150 Acting I: Introduction to Acting3
THEATRE 200 Acting Skills for Life2
THEATRE 219 Undergraduate Topics inTheatre and Drama1-3
THEATRE 260 Producing Theatre3
THEATRE 357 Introduction to Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness3

 Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Gain understanding of the theories of teaching and learning that guide informal learning environments
  2. Experience a breadth of artistic practice, including those outside a student’s primary artistic discipline
  3. Develop a framework for arts teaching in informal learning environments
  4. Create an arts program for an informal learning environment that integrates theories of teaching and learning with disciplinary arts practice