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Program Description

The purpose of the BFA Art Teaching Kindergarten – Twelfth (K-12) Grade Licensure Program is to prepare elementary, junior high, middle school, and high school visual art educators. Competent K-12 visual art teaching requires both in-depth knowledge of subject matter (art) and skill in applying educational concepts and principles that are developmentally appropriate. The College of Education’s Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) oversees teacher licensure at the University of Utah. UITE is located in SAEC 2264.

Note: Licensing is dictated by specific deadlines. Students pursuing an educator license should contact the UITE as soon as possible to learn about deadlines, background check requirements, and student teaching.

For students in the Art Teaching BFA degree program who are interested in not pursuing a K-12 teaching license, please schedule an appointment to see a CFA Advisor to discuss alternative class options available within the program of study.

Academic and Career Opportunities

Art Teaching students in the Department of Art & Art History have opportunities to get hands-on experience in school and community settings. Our graduates become teaching artists in K-12 schools or community arts organizations and museums. Students get individualized mentoring from award-winning faculty members.

Teaching is an amazing career path that is always in demand. Over the past 5 years, 99% of University of Utah elementary and secondary teacher candidates were hired upon graduation. The state of Utah is in need of highly qualified, passionate teachers for our young learners. Demand for teachers in Utah is expected to grow by 28% over the next decade. Being able to teach our next generation is very rewarding. Knowing your career can make difference is what makes so many of us want to teach. (from the Urban Institute of Teacher Education website, https://uite.utah.edu/2020/11/03/benefits-of-becoming-a-teacher/)


Last Updated: 1/21/22