Based in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Teaching Artist Certificate is a 16-credit program equipping artists with a comprehensive foundation to plan, design and implement a vast array of arts experiences for all ages. Distinctly separate from teaching licensure programs, the Teaching Artist Certificate prepares performing and visual artists with the job-readiness tools to create auditorium performances, school residencies and arts experiences for schools and community-based organizations. Our program prepares you to integrate your art form, perspectives, and skills in a wide range of settings. Our graduates find successful placements in schools, after-school programs, cultural art centers, hospitals, prisons and social service agencies.
Why Teaching Artists?
"Not because we expect our students to major in music; Not because we expect them to paint or dance all their lives; Not only so they can relax; Not only so they can have fun; But so they will be more human; So they will recognize beauty; So they will be sensitive; So they will be closer to an infinite beyond this world; So they will have something to cling to; So they will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good — in short, more Life. Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?" — William “Butch” Standerfer