UW-STOUT IS one of four institutes of higher education selected for potential 10-year multi-million dollar grant

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is one of four institutes of higher education (out of 29 invited to apply) in the state of Wisconsin to be selected for a grant to create programs and partnerships that promote the arts in teaching as a means of retaining high quality teachers.

 Tami Rae Weiss, PhD Art Education at UW-Stout

Tami Rae Weiss, PhD
Art Education at UW-Stout

In 2014, Program Director of Art Education at UW-Stout, Dr. Tami Rae Weiss, became the Principal Investigator for a significant grant project.  Earning a 1-year planning grant in 2013, Dr. Weiss recruited a team of arts and education representatives from UW-Stout, the Menomonie School District, and the Menomonie community.  This team included Kris Winter, Jeanne Styczinski, Tim Lutz, Peggy Larson, Tamara Brantmeier, Melody Brennan, Tracy DeRusha, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Judy Gifford.  The team's project became known as Arts Integration Menomonie, or A.I.M.

The A.I.M. team directed their efforts to synergize the strengths and uniqueness of UW-Stout and its schools of art and education (specifically Art Education and Early Childhood Education programs), and to collaborate with local schools and organizations to discover more effective and meaningful ways to support pre-teachers before they begin their careers.  Establishing a partnership with the School District of the Menomonie area, the A.I.M. team expanded their efforts to focus on early career teachers within their first five years of teaching.  Through a shared commitment toward teacher retention through arts integration, A.I.M. believes that we can develop and sustain well-managed arts programs and supports for new teachers.


 Art Education student Lucy Pronschinske gains additional teaching experience at the Children's Art Club at UW-Stout.

Art Education student Lucy Pronschinske gains additional teaching experience at the Children's Art Club at UW-Stout.

UW-Stout has a long history (since 1891) of preparing professionals to serve as leaders in education related fields.  Today, the university prides itself as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, identifying three polytechnic tenets: career focus, applied learning, and collaboration.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout's teacher education program is state certified by Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (WI DPI), and it is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). UW-Stout is one of only two public institutions in Wisconsin to attain this accreditation status.  The Art Education program is also accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  The Child and Family Study Center (CFSC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and it has a five star rating with the state’s Young Star quality rating system.

UW-Stout’s teacher preparation program has achieved a reputation for leadership in the field of education.  UW-Stout offers preparation for pre-service teachers, including its Early Childhood Education Program, which maintains a teaching license for children, birth through the 3rd grade.  UW-Stout also offers preparation for art educators who earn the degree, B.S. in Art Education, and the teaching license: 550-ART, PK-12 Visual Arts.  Altogether, the School of Education houses 10 teacher education programs, two pupil services programs, three technical college education programs, seven teaching minors, nine certificate programs, and one administrative program.  The School of Education also houses the Child and Family Study Center (CFSC), which serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. This exemplary facility doubles as a laboratory school for many of our education programs.

 Art Education Student Teacher Dane Hodges teaches a high school ceramics class. 

Art Education Student Teacher Dane Hodges teaches a high school ceramics class. 

UW-Stout’s education courses are rigorous and part of a curriculum based on current research and informed by contemporary PK-12 school needs. Current trends include: Response to Intervention (RTI), Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Common Core Standards, Educator Effectiveness, and Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS).  Course curricula include early and authentic practicum experiences in classroom, as early as the freshman introductory course.  In addition, students work on service projects, host competitive events for PK-12 students, and engage in curriculum development and projects with faculty, staff and external partners from PK-16 institutions.  The School of Education has relationships with area PK-12 School Districts who share an investment to strengthen the professional development for pre-service teachers.  Lastly, the College of Education graduates are placed across the United States and throughout the world, with a placement rate over 98%.

 UW-Stout has a reputation for art and design leadership and research for studios, organizations, as well as many private and public companies. UW-Stout offers B.F.A. degrees, including Studio Art, Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Game Design, Apparel Design, and Entertainment Design.  Further, UW-Stout offers an M.F.A. in Design and an M.S. in Education.  Art faculty deliver highly creative and applied design experiences for students, and they take a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design education. 

 Art Education student Kylee Blumer participates at Child and Family Study Center at UW-Stout.

Art Education student Kylee Blumer participates at Child and Family Study Center at UW-Stout.

The faculty and academic departments (arts and education) exhibit high levels of expertise, professionalism and collegiality. All faculty engage in teaching, research, and service; and UW-Stout is considered a teaching institution.  Our faculty guide future teachers to build both theoretical and practical foundations, and encourage professional and personal development. The faculty and staff of the School of Education value and are committed to:

  • Excellence in teaching within high-quality, student-centered education programs involving active learning and appropriate technology.
  • Scholarship and research within applied knowledge and general education.
  • Collaborative relationships with business, industry, education, community and government.
  • Growth and development of students, faculty, and staff through active participation in university and professional communities.
  • Diversity of people, ideas, and experiences.
  • Active Involvement in shared governance,  teamwork, open communication, and respectful, ethical behavior.