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Subject Matter in Art Competency

Proving Art Subject Matter Competency is just one step in earning a CA Teaching Credential (see all steps to earning at CA Teaching Credential here) and is typically done by either passing the Art CSET (CA Subject Exam for Teachers) or completing a CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Subject Matter in Art Program (like Otis' BFA Fine Arts major + ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation minor).

Subject Matter in Art Competency Evaluations / CSET Waivers

A third way to prove Art Subject Matter Competency is to apply for a Subject Matter Competency Evaluation to determine eligibility for a CSET waiver. Individuals who hold a BFA and/or MFA in fine art, design, or media arts from a regionally accredited college or university can apply to waive the CA Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in Art by completing the steps outlined below. Evaluation of Subject-Matter in Art Competency takes 6-8 weeks to complete and there is no guarantee of CSET Waiver approval. Applicants are encouraged to review the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements before applying.

Applicants will be granted a CSET Waiver only if they have successfully completed courses for college credit that cover all the Subject Matter in Art Domains listed on the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements. If it is found that certain Subject Matter in Art Domains are missing, applicants can choose to take the CSET or to reapply for a Waiver after completing recommended college level courses covering the missing Domains at any accredited college or university of their choice.

How to Apply for a Subject Matter in Art Competency Evaluation / CSET Waiver:

1. Complete the online SMArtCE Application Form.
2. Attach or send official transcripts (from each college/university you attended) at the bottom of this form.
3. Attach course descriptions (PDFs from course catalog with School name and logo) of all courses to be evaluated at the bottom of this form.
4. Upload your portfolio with 10-20 images of work and/or 5-10 min. of video that represents the breadth of required art coursework.
5. Pay the $100.00 fee (Applicant will be directed to payment screen once the Application Form is submitted. Evaluation will not be conducted unless payment is made. Otis Alumni should inquire about evaluation fee waiver via email.)

Want to prepare to pass the Art CSET, or to teach in venues that do not require a Credential?

Enroll in the Otis College Extension Art Education Certificate Program: Teaching Artists Specialization