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The Westminster School of Education’s ArtsConnect initiative offers arts-integrated professional development and continuing education programming for classroom teachers, arts educators, paraprofessionals, and administrators throughout Utah. Generously funded by the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program and an endowment from Beverley Taylor Sorenson and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, these opportunities for growth in curricular design and implementation in arts integration will help educators provide arts-rich learning experiences for children in Utah and around the world.

Arts Education Continuing Education Program

Westminster’s Arts Education (AED) Continuing Education Program focuses on the progressive pedagogical approach of arts integration. Instruction location/format varies and may be located off the Westminster campus.


Westminster offers continuing education credit courses that help you meet the continuing education requirements in your career. Courses qualify for lane-change credit in most school districts (approved by your LEA beforehand). Completing some of the courses results in receiving funds for classroom art supplies. Additionally, If you are pursuing any of the following arts-related education endorsements, select courses can be taken to satisfy some requirements:

Courses include:

  • AED 01: Arts Integration Methods (a scholarship opportunity is available)
  • AED 02: Content Methods (in either Dance, Music, Visual Arts, or Drama)
  • AED 03: Arts Connect International Rwanda
  • AED 05: Directed Study (can be repeated to complete studies of other topics)
  • AED 06: Educator Events in the Arts
  • AED 07: Introduction to Arts Integration
  • AED 08: Fine Arts: Implementation, Leadership, and Advocacy
  • AED 09: Conference/Workshop Attendance in the Arts

Learn more and register for courses

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Workshops/Professional Development Opportunities (AED 04)

Various arts education and arts integration workshops and professional development opportunities are offered throughout the year that emphasize using the arts to enhance learning across the curriculum. CEUs (Continuing Education Units) earned vary by opportunity. Opportunities qualify for lane-change credit in most school districts (approved by your LEA beforehand).

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Westminster offers several undergraduate programs you may be interested in pursuing. And, for undergraduate students who already know they are interested in also obtaining a master of arts in teaching, Westminster offers an accelerated option for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Students pursuing this option need to take EDUC 302 and EDUC 312 as a part of their undergraduate studies.

Graduate Programs

Utah Professional Arts Organizations

Utah has several professional organizations you may consider joining to explore additional professional development opportunities and network with other arts professionals:

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If you have any questions about the ArtsConnect initiative, email

Meet the Faculty

  • Rebecca Penerosa

    Rebecca Penerosa

    • FULL-TIME Faculty
    • Associate Professor

    Ph.D. University of Utah
    M.E.D. University of the Pacific
    B.A. University of the Pacific

    Phone: 801.832.2847


    Office Location: Florence J. Gillmor Hall 305

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