Art Education

Art Education Licensure

Building on Western State Colorado University's excellent offerings in studio arts, art history and the liberal arts, an Art Education emphasis helps students build understanding and tools to recognize the dynamic relationships between life experience, the creative process and the art product.

Students in this program learn skills and techniques to teach others, as well as skills that help them discover personal sources of creative energy.

Teachers go beyond communicating form and content in art to help their students develop perception and natural expression. Such communication demands special skills. With verbal and nonverbal techniques for communicating art experiences, faculty in this emphasis teach that art is an integrating, energizing and humanizing force in society. They demonstrate that it encompasses real content and real knowledge.

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If you're interested in Western's Art Education Licensure Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family. 

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FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.


An introduction to the basic techniques and processes of ceramics: pinch, coil, slab, and some wheelwork. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.


An introduction to the creative use of silver and precious gemstones in the making of jewelry. Design and craftsmanship are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.


An exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 203.


Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship

To provide scholarship assistance for Art students, celebrating the memory of Mary L. Alber, Western class of 1942. Amount of award determined by available funds. Renewable.

• Full-time formally-admitted junior or senior Art majors seeking Art Education Licensure.
• Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours, have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and demonstrate a strong interest in art education and the potential to
become a successful teacher in art.

Mary L. Alber Memorial Art Education Scholarship Application

Faculty & Staff


Professor of Art
B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., Western Michigan University; , Ed.M., Nazareth College, , Ph.D., Canbourne University.
Phone: (970) 943-3083
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230