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Art Education

ART EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM offers two tracks of intensive study on becoming an art educator. (SOC-25-3099*) Offered in collaboration with the Artist, Community and Teaching (ACT) Program.

Program Prerequisite

Students must already hold a BA, BFA, MA, or MFA in fine art, design, or media art.

Additional Prerequisite for Teacher Credential Preparation Track: A Subject Matter Competency evaluation (Portfolio and Transcript review) by the ACT Director is required for enrollment in the Teacher Credential Preparation track only. 

Estimated Total Program Costs

The estimated program costs listed are based on students completing two courses per term (five terms) over a two-year period. Please refer to www.otis.edu/extension for detailed program costs. A completed Certificate Application and $185 fee are required for official enrollment in the Certificate program.

Note: Certificate program courses are open to all students with the required prerequisites. Students interested in taking certificate program courses for professional growth or personal development, are welcome to attend.

For further information, or to speak with a counselor, please call 310-665-6864.

TWO TRACKS AVAILABLE:

Teacher Credential Preparation Track
11 Course Sequence

Prepares individuals to pursue the California Single Subject in Art Teaching Credential needed to teach in California grades K-12 public schools. Successful completion of this Certificate at the college credit level allows students to qualify to waive a California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Art – one step in earning a teaching credential. In order to qualify for a CSET waiver all courses must be taken for college credit. Students who do not wish to waive the CSET may take courses at the certificate level. Please see details regarding the steps towards earning a CA Single Subject Credential in Art.

Required courses are offered concurrently with the Otis undergraduate program and are typically scheduled during the day.

Teaching for Learning I (Spring†) 3.0
Teaching Internship (Fall†) 2.0
Teaching for Learning II (Spring†) 3.0

Required courses taken through Otis College Extension:

Electives (studio and/or art history) 8.0
Chosen through advisement with the ACT Director (310-846- 2632), based on CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Subject Matter in Art Competency Requirements. Can be taken in the undergraduate program (with instructor’s approval) or Extension. ACT Special Topics courses and Extension Media Arts for Educators Certificate courses are highly recommended studio electives.

Total Credits: 16.0
Estimated total cost at college credit level (to waive CSET) $6,340**

The Teaching Artist Track
10 Course Sequence

Prepares artists to teach in programs that do not require a CA Teaching Credential such as private schools, visiting artist in schools, artists in residence programs, correctional facilities, museum education departments, non-profit arts organizations, etc.

Required courses are offered concurrently with the undergraduate program and are typically scheduled during the day.

Community Arts in LA (Fall†) 3.0
Teaching for Learning I (Spring†) 3.0
Community Arts Internship (Fall†) 2.0
Teaching for Learning II (Spring†) 3.0

Required courses taken through Otis College Extension:

Studio Electives 6.0
Can be taken in the undergraduate program (with instructor’s approval) or Otis College Extension. ACT Special Topics courses and Extension Media Arts for Educators Certificate courses are highly recommended studio electives.

Total Credits: 17.0
Estimated total cost $6,035**

* Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code
† Subject to change
** Estimated costs include application, tuition, registration, accident insurance, supplies, and books