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Teaching: Art Education, Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Art Education 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.

All courses for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching must be completed within five years. 

General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School

Please refer to general information provided in The Graduate School  section.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75  (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL))
  3. Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable of your interaction with children or youth
  4. Statement of purpose
  5. Clear criminal background check
  6. Apply online at graduateschool.uncc.edu
  7. Submission of digital portfolio

Certificate Requirements

Internship/Student Teaching (3 credit hours)

The graduate-level student teaching/internship is the culminating experience of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching 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 and teacher assistants 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 at least one semester before student teaching.

Content Background Requirements

The applicant’s undergraduate coursework (and professional experiences) will be reviewed to determine if the applicant’s background is sufficient to meet current standards for art teachers.  If deficiencies are identified, a plan of study for additional coursework will be provided.

Certificate Total = 16 Credit Hours


All candidates are assigned an advisor upon formal admission to the program.  Candidates should consult with their advisors at least once each semester. 

Clinical Field Experiences

Most courses require candidates to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in public school settings.  These experiences broaden their ability to help all children learn, including children with exceptionalities and students from diverse ethnic/racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups.  During clinical experiences, candidates apply theories and understandings gained in coursework, analyze P-12 student learning, and develop the ability to positively impact all learners.  All candidates are expected to complete clinical experiences in at least three significantly different school settings (the graduate student teaching placement may serve as one of the settings).

Candidates who are Residency Teachers or teacher assistants must move beyond their own classrooms when completing clinical experiences. A limited number of clinical experiences may be approved in significantly different classrooms within their school of employment.  Employed candidates are encouraged to seek assistance and support from their administrators to complete these requirements.


Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, candidates will be recommended for the North Carolina initial Standard Professional I teaching license.  For this license, candidates are required to complete an electronic licensure portfolio that is created during coursework and student teaching.  Earning a passing score on the required PRAXIS II test is also mandatory for the licensure recommendation.  Additional information on this test is available on www.ets.org/praxis.

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