Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the coursework requirements?
37 Credits Required
GPA 2.7 Required for admittance
Maintain 3.0 in all coursework
ART 270 - Introduction to Art Education
EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society
SHE 203 - School Health
ART 370 - Strategies and Methods for Teaching Art
EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
ART 414 - Socially-Engaged Art Education
ART 371 - Curriculum Development in Art Education
EDU 471 - Supporting English Learners for School Success
RDG 470 - Literacy in Content Areas
SED 481 - Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary OR
SED 482 - Secondary Education in the Classroom
Student Teaching Courses:
ART 412 - Professional Topics in Art Education
ART 335 - Student Teaching I
ART 435 - Student Teaching II
How is the program designed?
The program is designed to give teacher candidates a broad overview of education, in general, as well as a deeper understanding of art education pedagogy more specifically. Teacher candidates will apply their knowledge of artistic techniques and processes to build skills in planning, teaching, and assessment. Teacher candidates will become familiarized with concepts in artistic development, differentiated instruction, and culturally sustainable teaching practice. Teacher candidates are expected to engage in a self-reflective practice that will fuel their passions to grow and strengthen their abilities as an art teacher.
Are scholarships available?
Check out the scholarship information at https://www.southernscholarship.org/
[Note: As a Post-Bac you are an undergraduate student.]
How do I start my application?
You can start your application at https://www.southernct.edu/admissions. You will be applying for the Post-Baccalaureate program.
What do I need to know before I apply?
The following State and University requirements must be fulfilled before starting the Post-Bac program. You must have:
- Obtained an undergraduate or master’s degree in art or 30 credits in studio art plus 9 credits in art related courses, such as art history or cultural studies.
- Completed 39 General Education credits in 5 out of 6 of the following areas: Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, and English
- Taken the Praxis Core in Writing, Reading, and Math
- Earned cumulative G.P.A. of 2.7
What does the application require?
Review the requirements for admissions on the College of Education’s website: https://www.southernct.edu/education/certification-programs
What are the application deadlines?
May 1 for Fall acceptance
November 1 for Spring acceptance
How long is this program?
The certification program will take you about two years to complete. Keep in mind that during your student teaching, you will need to be enrolled full-time. Most courses are offered at night. Some classes are offered during winter and summer sessions.
Will there be field experience requirements?
Throughout the program, students will be expected to take part in field experiences that will enrich their understanding of teaching and support concepts learned in the course work. Fieldwork hours vary between 20-40 hours depending on the course. Field experiences will be divided between suburban and urban classrooms in elementary, middle and high schools. In the final semester, teacher candidates will partake in a full-time student teaching experience totaling 16 weeks.
Are there other requirements?
Toward the end of the program teacher candidates must complete two exams: the Praxis II Art Content exam (5135) and edTPA.
What if I’m still trying to decide?
You are welcome to try out the program before you apply by signing up for a course as a visiting student. Start with ART 270 or EDU 200. Note: Students seeking admission to any professional teacher education program may take no more than two professional education courses before they are accepted. https://www2.southernct.edu/offices/registrar/visiting_student.html
What if I already hold a certification in another subject area?
See information about cross-endorsement from the State at https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Certification/Cross-Endorsements
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Cheri Ehrlich, Art Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor in Art Education at email@example.com