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Academy of Art University Offers Art Teaching Credential

To meet the growing demand for art teachers, Academy of Art University has launched an Art Teaching Credential program. Developed to comply with California standards in competency-based teacher education, the program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Academy is unique among private art universities in offering its own credential program.

Slated to begin in Summer 2014 at the Academy’s San Francisco campus and online, the one-year program is designed for art graduates who seek the fulfillment of guiding others in the exploration of creativity and personal artistic development.

“Offering this accredited teaching degree supports our overall mission to provide quality art and design education to aspiring students and increase the opportunities and access for arts education,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “The need for great art teachers has never been more certain, as a dynamic arts education is essential to creative thinking and problem solving, regardless of an individual’s profession or position.”

During the course of study, teacher candidates will take 33 semester units of coursework while observing and teaching art to pupils in local public schools. As required by the State of California, all fieldwork, observations and teaching will be completed on site at public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As seen across the nation, California has many public school teachers preparing for retirement. Various organizations, including the CTC, have studied this and say that within three to five years there will be a definite need for qualified public school art teachers. The emerging gap is exacerbated by the fact that more pupils are entering California public schools than ever before.

Visit the Academy of Art University website for more information on the Art Teaching Credential program.

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