Art Education (K-12), Graduate Certificate

Art Education (K-12), Graduate Certificate
Online
16 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall
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Program Tabs

Program

The online Graduate Certificate in Teaching: Art Education (K-12) is a 16-credit-hour program designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree and a major in Visual Arts.  It is offered by the College of Education in collaboration with the College of Arts + Architecture.  The Colleges collaborate to provide arts professionals an alternative pathway to a teaching certificate.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina initial Standard Professional I teaching license.

  • The program is designed for those who have already earned a degree in studio Art, have 24 credits in studio Art, or have passed Praxis II Art: Content and Analysis.
  • The graduate certificate includes a clinical component of 15-30 hours per semester. Candidates not only observe in the classroom but also work with students in small groups. (Please note: The required classroom observation hours are limited to the state of North Carolina.) Candidates then participate in student teaching, a 15-week experience where they take over the total course instruction load from their clinical instructor. Current public school teachers may complete this requirement in their own classrooms.
  • In the certificate program, you will receive practical training.  You will learn lesson planning, assessment, adolescent development, how to teach diverse learners and how to effectively teach a specific discipline. Targeted clinical experiences and coaching address practical training and the needs of current classroom teachers. Through student teaching, you will learn how coursework relates to the classroom and practice your craft during an internship.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

Admissions

Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (If you do not have at least a 2.7 GPA, please see our GPA Forgiveness process).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Two online professional recommendations coming from individuals in a supervisory capacity (i.e. principal or manager) and/or academic reference (i.e. professor).
  • A clear criminal background check, which will be requested after application submission. The cost of this will start at $18 and could take 2-4 weeks to be processed. Please note your application cannot move forward until this step is complete.
  • Submission of digital portfolio. 
    • Portfolio should include 12 images of original works showing a diversity of skills in 2D (such as photography, printmaking, painting, or drawing), 3D (such as fibers, sculpture, ceramics, or installation), or digital media.
    • Up to two images of each work may be submitted. 
    • Limit video to two minutes maximum in either .mp4 or .mpeg format.
    • Label each piece with title, date, size, medium, and artist's statement.
    • Submit portfolio through the Graduate School Application site. Use Powerpoint or Google Slide format.
    • Samples of classroom artwork will not be considered.  They must be your own recent, professional works.
  • The online Graduate Certificate Program requires classroom observation hours to be completed in the state of North Carolina.

One of the following:

  • Option 1: Candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art
  • Option 2: Obtain or already possess 24 credits in Studio Art
  • Option 3: Passing scores on the Praxis II Art: Content and Analysis

Internship/Student Teaching

  • The graduate-level student teaching/internship is the culminating experience for all concentrations in the Graduate Certificate program, offering candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the initial Standard Professional I teaching license. Candidates are assigned to an appropriate classroom for a full-time, semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and University faculty. Residency teachers may complete the internship in their own classroom, but must contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships to determine the appropriateness of their classroom for the student teaching/internship experience and licensure requirements. This contact should take place upon admission to the program.

*Clinical Experiences

  • UNC Charlotte's Graduate Certificate in Teaching offers an efficient pathway to initial teacher licensure for candidates who have already earned a bachelor's degree or need to meet the  Educator Preparation Program (EPP) enrollment requirement for Residency Licensure. Course instruction is delivered 100% online using Canvas. Each semester includes a clinical component of 15-30 hours per semester in a North Carolina school.  Candidates then participate in student teaching, a 15-week experience where they assume the total course instruction load from their clinical educator. Candidates not already hired as full time teachers are assigned a clinical educator for the student teaching internship.  Resident teachers are able to use their own classroom as their clinical and student teaching site.

 

Courses
  • ARTE 5121: Teaching Art to Elementary Students (3)
  • ARTE 5122: Teaching Art to Secondary Students (3)
  • MDSK 6162: Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • TESL 6204: Multicultural Education (3)
  • MDLG 5130: The Middle Grades Experience (2) or  SECD 5140 - The Secondary School Experience (2)

Internship/Student Teaching

The graduate-level student teaching/internship is the culminating experience for all concentrations in the Graduate Certificate program, offering candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the initial Standard Professional I teaching license.  Candidates are assigned to an appropriate classroom for a full-time, semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and University faculty. Residency teachers may complete the internship in their own classroom, but must contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships to determine the appropriateness of their classroom for the student teaching/internship experience and licensure requirements. This contact should take place upon admission to the program.

  • MDSK 6470: Graduate Student Teaching and Internship (3 to 5)

*Clinical Experiences

  • UNC Charlotte's Graduate Certificate in Teaching offers an efficient pathway to initial teacher licensure for candidates who have already earned a bachelor's degree and meets the  Educator Preparation Program (EPP) enrollment requirement for candidates seeking Residency Licensure. Course instruction is delivered 100% online using Canvas and, in most concentrations, is paired with clinical labs that meet on UNC Charlotte's campus or at school sites in the Charlotte area. Lab courses have an 'L' designation on the plans of study available on the program site. Please contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure at 704-687-8725 with questions about course format.
Tuition

*Rates are subject to change*

Resident:

  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $4,621.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $8,592.00 est. program cost

Non-Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $17,571.00 est. program cost