Arts Education Continuing Education Program

The Westminster School of Education’s Arts Education (AED) Continuing Education Program (part of ArtsConnect) focuses on the progressive pedagogical approach of arts integration, including access, equity, inclusion, and diversified instructional strategies. By sharing carefully crafted arts integration strategies and curriculum with teachers across the globe, local specialists, teachers, and pre-service educators will gain further insight into best practices and increase the quality and quantity of arts education access in their community schools and abroad.

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Using the arts to enhance learning across the curriculum will be emphasized. Additionally, these courses involve the community through teacher outreach and provide a means for increased awareness in critical consciousness and action.

These courses qualify for lane-change credit in most school districts (approved by your LEA beforehand). Additionally, if you are pursuing any of the following arts-related education endorsements, select courses can be taken to satisfy some requirements (indicated where applicable):

Instruction locations/formats vary and may be located off the Westminster campus.

Arts Integration Methods

In this course, participants will learn and practice elementary arts integration methodologies and assessment strategies for all major art forms including music, dance, drama, visual arts, literary arts, and media arts.

If you choose to pursue the Utah State Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement, this course will meet the context, integration, and assessment (category 4) requirement. The endorsement may be attached to a Utah Educator License with an elementary or K–12 special education area of concentration (the endorsement cannot stand alone as a route to licensure). The Utah State Board of Education offers courses that meet the remaining requirements for the endorsement.

Students who finish the course will be awarded $150 for classroom art supplies in any artform to support their arts integration efforts. Completion of the Utah State Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement (if pursuing) will result in the award of an additional $700.

Scholarship opportunity available.

Course ID: AED 01
Cost: $120 for course credit and a $25 materials fee
Credits: 3 CEUs
Next Term: Fall 2021
Dates of Next Course: 4:30–7:20 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 9, and Nov. 30, 2021
Location: DSD North, 130 N. Main St., Farmington, UT 84025
Instructor: Rebecca Penerosa

Register for AED01

Content Methods (in either Dance, Music, Visual Arts, or Drama)

In this course, participants will learn and practice elementary arts methodologies and assessment strategies in either dance, music, visual arts, or drama. As a continuation of AED 01: Arts Integration Methods (although not a required pre-requisite), students will experience a deeper dive into arts-integrated curricular design in their chosen art form. Students will break out into smaller sections to explore appropriate strategies and current best practices for elementary children learning in the arts.

If you choose to pursue the Utah State Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement, this course will meet the basic knowledge and skills (category 3) requirement. The endorsement may be attached to a Utah Educator License with an elementary or K–12 special education area of concentration (the endorsement cannot stand alone as a route to licensure). The Utah State Board of Education offers courses that meet the remaining requirements for the endorsement.

Students who finish the course will be awarded $150 for classroom art supplies in any artform to support their arts integration efforts. Completion of the Utah State Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement (if pursuing) will result in the award of an additional $700.

Scholarship opportunity available.

Course ID: AED 02
Cost: $120 for course credit and a $25 materials fee
Credits: 1–3 CEUs
Next Term: Spring 2022
Dates of Next Course: 4:30–7:20 p.m. on Tuesdays
Location: TBD (elementary school in Davis School District)
Instructors: Rebecca Penerosa

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Arts Connect International Course

In this 11-day study experience in Rwanda, participants will embark on an educational exchange, providing a 4-day professional development training and implementation for teacher-trainers in Rwanda. They will endeavor to learn how the arts and community building have sustained and propelled the Rwandan people to recover and rebuild following the genocide of 1994. This course ties directly to Westminster’s mission and identity of global learning, social justice, and getting hands-on experience as a part of your education.

You must submit your information to be screened for approval to take the course before you can register (being a current Beverley Taylor Sorenson arts educator is required). Registration information will be provided if approved.

Course ID: AED 03
Cost: $160 for course credit and a $750 international trip fee
Credits: 4 CEUs
Next Term: Summer 2022
Screening/Registration Opens: TBD
Location: Rwanda (pre-trip meeting on the Westminster campus)
Instructors: Rebecca Penerosa

Arts Education Directed Study

Westminster offers the opportunity to receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for arts-specific, intensive individual and/or small group study of topics not offered in other AED Continuing Education Program courses. This is an experiential and tutorial-based course. This course can be repeated to study other topics.

Directed studies can be pursued by anyone. In particular, carefully designed directed studies are great for teachers who need to complete continuing education courses to meet requirements for various endorsements. This course can satisfy certain requirements for one or more of the dance, music, visual arts, or drama Utah State Board of Education elementary arts specialist endorsements.

A directed study requires approval from the director of the Arts Education (AED) Continuing Education Program in order to receive the code needed to register for the course.

Course ID: AED 05
Cost: $40 per credit
Credits: 1–4 CEUs
Next Term: Ongoing
Dates of Next Course: Ongoing
Location: Varies by student (virtual and in-person possibilities)
Instructor: Rebecca Penerosa

Register for AED05

Arts Education Workshop(s)/Professional Development Opportunities


Various arts education and arts integration workshops and professional development opportunities are offered throughout the year, through which participants can earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units). Using the arts to enhance learning across the curriculum is emphasized. Participants will experience teaching in an integrative fashion. Opportunities qualify for lane-change credit in most school districts (approved by your LEA beforehand).

Instruction location varies and may be located off the Westminster campus.

Continue to check back for information on upcoming workshops/professional development opportunities.

Course ID: AED 04
Cost: $40 per credit
Credits: 1 CEU
Next Workshop/Opportunity: Davis School District Fine Arts PLC
Dates of Next Workshop/Opportunity:
September 9, October 13, November 10, December 8
Location: Online
Instructor: Rebecca Penerosa
Description: Teachers will attend their PLC meetings with their content area team lead. They will unpack standards, develop performance assessments, and create 4–5 student facing Canvas assignments.

Register for AED04

Scholarship Opportunity

Westminster offers a scholarship opportunity to students taking AED 01 or 02. For more information, contact Rebecca Penerosa (rpenerosa@westminstercollege.edu or 801.832.2847).

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