Post-baccalaureate program in art education

KCAI's post-baccalaureate art education certification program is designed as a one-year, three-semester program leading to Missouri certification in art education for those who have completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and who are interested in teaching K-12 art in public schools. 

 

The program consists of coursework and fieldwork experiences focused on the preparation of the "artist-teacher" —an individual who is prepared to teach art in diverse K-12 settings; who has a strong connection to art-making as well as the discipline of art and the creative process; and who understands and is able to apply knowledge of artistic development, special needs learners and learning and curriculum theory to practice.

With this grounding, the artist-teacher will be able to effectively create engaging learning experiences for K-12 studentsa reflective practitioner who can demonstrate important 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration. 

Admission to the post-baccalaureate program

KCAI is committed to attracting a diverse pool of art teacher candidates. Successful candidates will possess:
  • A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from an accredited college of art or university program
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major
  • Evidence of commitment to art teaching and learning 
Application materials include:
  • Official transcripts from all institutions
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Completion of an online application
  • A 250-word statement of purpose 

Learn more in this downloadable brochure.

Program curriculum  

Courses

The program curriculum includes seven courses totaling 28 credit hours. (See Table 1) Courses are scheduled during the evenings to accommodate working professionals and allow for observation hours and teaching during the day. 

Table 1.   KCAI post-baccalaureate art education courses/credit hours  
Course#
Title
Credits
ART 401  
Art Education Theory and Practice
3
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Educational Psychology
3
ART 402
Developmental Issues in Art Education
3
ART 403
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Art (elementary)
3
ART 404
Issues in Pedagogy and Curriculum (secondary)
3
401,403,404
Field Observations
3
ART 405
Critical Studies in Art Education
2
ART 406
Student Teaching (elementary)
4
ART 407
Student Teaching (secondary)
4
           
Course rotation
 
The KCAI post-baccalaureate course schedule and rotation will begin with an admission deadline in the spring and the beginning-level course scheduled for the summer. Courses will be taken in succession with an expected completion date for the program in the following spring and culminating with student teaching (Table 2.)
 
Table 2. Course rotation 
Course#
Title
Credits
Rotation
ART 401  
Art Education Theory and Practice
3
summer
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Educational Psychology (online or through UMKC)
3
summer
ART 402
Developmental Issues in Art Education
3
summer
ART 403
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Art (elementary)
3
fall
ART 404
Issues in Pedagogy and Curriculum (secondary)
3
fall
PRACT 401,403,404
Field Observations
1 credit each; total 3 credits
fall
ART 405
Critical Studies in Art Education
2
spring
ART 406
Student Teaching (elementary)
4
spring (day)
ART 407
Student Teaching (secondary)
4
spring (day)
 
Field experiences 
The field experiences include 75 hours of field visits in PK-12 school art settings with diverse school populations30 hours at entry level and 45 hours in mid-program.These requirements are completed as part of art education courses (PRACT 401, 403, 404) and taken prior to student teaching. These entry and mid-program field visits include observations and practice teaching in the presence of a licensed art teacher. Documentation of completed field experiences, candidate reflection and art teacher evaluation of candidates is required for all observations.

Application

If you are interested in applying for this program for 2015-2016, please fill out and submit the application form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply? How many classes and credits are required? Learn the answers to these and other frequently asked questions.