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Art Teaching Credential



Earn an accredited California Art Teaching Credential in just one year at Academy of Art University. Applications are currently being accepted. Apply now!

Academy of Art University is now offering a one-year Art Teaching Credential program accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our credential program was developed from the ground up to comply with rigorous California standards in performance-based teacher education and the latest developments in education theory and practice. Our Art Teaching Credential program is designed specifically for the art graduate who seeks the fulfillment of guiding others in the exploration of their own creativity and personal artistic development. The program goes beyond "art for kids" in preparing tomorrow's art instructors to teach both children and adults.

During this one-year course of study, Teacher Candidates will take 33 semester units of coursework online or onsite at the Academy's urban campus in San Francisco while performing their fieldwork assignments in observing and teaching art to pupils in local Bay Area public schools.


Art Teaching Credential course offerings include Teaching Methods & Curriculum Development, Integrating Technology in the Art Classroom, and others. See more.

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Academy of Art University offers an accredited California Art Teaching Credential that can be completed in one year. Entry requirements meet criteria set by the State of California.
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Start your path toward a fulfilling career as an Art Teacher through our online or onsite courses and perform all fieldwork including student teaching and observations in engaging San Francisco Bay Area public school classrooms.


At Academy of Art University, you will have access to a unique art library and online library resources with extensive art texts and collections to prepare your lesson plans.
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News & Success Stories

Find your motivation in the successes Academy alumni and faculty members have had. See what took them to the top of the industry and earned the acclaim of their peers.
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Spring Show Portfolio

View Academy of Art University student work that can truly be called the best of the best from last year's Spring Show.
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Career Opportunities

A valid California Art Teaching Credential is essential to pursue art teacher jobs in California’s public schools. A credential also opens the door to job prospects in teaching art at private schools, community colleges and other career opportunities. See More.

Professional Opportunities

The need for great teachers has never been more certain. As an Art Teacher Candidate, you will begin your professional career on day one. Learn More.

Program Learning Outcomes

To learn more about the skills you will acquire in this program, view Credential Program Learning Outcomes. Learn More.

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