The Art Education program prepares students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The blend of philosophical and theoretical studies, studio practices, art history and pedagogy courses develops a comprehensive understanding of how to implement strong arts education programs in schools as well as utilize arts-based research skills. The program emphasizes competency in contemporary art, cultural understandings, and studio art techniques to apply the arts to human learning within various community and societal structures .
Students in the art education program work closely with faculty and benefit from The Center for Integrated Arts Education (CIAE) being housed in the school. The Center brings nationally known artists and educators to Colorado to engage with local teachers, artists and the community to develop new and viable ideas in the arts and classroom practice. The Center for Integrated Arts Education was listed by the Dana Foundation in the publication, Transforming Arts Teaching, The Role of Higher Education, as one of 24 select universities improving K-12 arts education.