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Why Study for an Art Teaching Credential?

1. The need for great art teachers has never been more certain.
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2. Studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education indicate many of California's current teachers are reaching retirement while student populations continue to rise. See more.

3. The arts are required subjects in California public schools.
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4. According to the California Department of Education and the California Alliance of Art Education there is a gap betweeen student population and teachers. See more.

5. Follow your passion! See more.

Art Teaching Credential Program Career Opportunities

Upon receiving a valid California Teaching Credential in Art, Teaching Candidates can go on to:

  • Teach Art in California's public schools
  • Teach Art in California's private schools
  • Teach Art in community colleges, colleges and universities
  • Seek Teaching Credential Reciprocity with other states
  • Continue to develop as a professional artist during summer breaks
  • Pursue an advanced degree to enhance professional growth
  • Pursue a Specialist Credential or National Board Certification

Next Steps to Becoming a Teacher:

  1. Successfully complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Fine Art or related program
  2. Read The Art Teaching Credential Program Guide
  3. Read 7 Steps to Become a Teacher in California by Sarah Fudin
  4. Pass the CBEST Examination, a test on reading, writing and math
  5. Pass the CSET Examination, a subject matter (art) competency exam
  6. Obtain TB Health Certificate
  7. Obtain clearances from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation
  8. Successfully complete the School Health and CPR Workshop offered by the San Francisco American Heart Association: http://safetytrainingseminars.com/index.php/schedule/
  9. Successfully pass the exam on the U.S. Constitution required for all teachers in California
  10. Successfully complete the Art Teaching Credential program and all of its requirements
  11. Obtain a Recommendation for Preliminary Teaching Credential from the Art Teaching Credential Director
  12. Obtain your Clear Teaching Credential through a public school Induction Program
  13. Maintain the Art Teacher Portfolio

Art Teaching Portfolios include the following:

  • Standards-based art and arts-integrated lessons and curricula
  • Assessment tools with rationale
  • Student artwork and student writing from student teaching experience
  • Personal artwork in several media
  • Academic writing and research
  • Reflective statement on teaching and learning experience
  • Advocacy statement on the value of the Visual Arts to education
  • Personal philosophy of the teaching of art based on the Academy experience
  • Transcripts and list of courses taken in Subject Matter Pre-Credential and Credential Programs
  • Letters of recommendation and professional references

Academy of Art University students have many opportunities to network and begin their professional futures:

Spring Show

With an exhibition of fresh and original work, Academy of Art University's Spring Show draws crowds of industry professionals each year. Students showcase their best work in their portfolios and interview with representatives.

Career & Entrepreneurial Services

Students prepare for entry into the professional work force by taking advantage of the Career & Entrepreneurial Development department’s onsite and online workshops. See More.

Industry Relationships & Events

Throughout each semester, Academy of Art University participates in events that bring respected professionals to campus. Students benefit from lectures and presentations by top industry professionals.

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