Bachelor of Fine Arts
Become an Art Teacher
Art is more than just creativity. It’s the most personal form of expression there is but the ability to help guide another artist to express themselves fully is an art form in itself. RMCAD’s Art Education Online Program teaches artists just like you how to acquire the technical tools and teaching philosophies, all while experiencing it through the power of the internet. It’s your education on your time.
As a student in the Art Education Online Program, you’ll develop a teaching experience that will set you up for success in the classroom. Our online students explore critical inquiry as well as teaching philosophies and techniques that allow you to develop your own unique teaching style.
Be a part of enhancing a child’s love for art.
Psychology of Creativity
Students learn the following: artistic agency is the acknowledged ability to make choices and create change. Agency implies a belief that what artists do affects the world around us and makes a difference. (Gude, 2009).
Students demonstrate professionalism in the field through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.
Students apply a variety of assessment practices in order to develop and support classroom instruction, motivation, and continuous feedback on the learning process.
Students develop lessons and instruction that represent the importance of making choices and creating change through art.
Students demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.
Fine Art Emphasis
Students demonstrate a commitment to learning through works written or created. Artists/Educators seek to be models of high standards in art and education through their professional composition.
*The Art Education Department uses Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Educator Preparation Standards, which include Educator Preparation Teacher Quality Standards (5.0 – 5.04), Educator Preparation English Language Learner Standards (EL), and the Visual Arts Standards (Grades K-12) (4.04).
Online Degree Requirements
Art Education Online prepares you to take your first steps into the classroom, with confidence. It’s the connection between culture and self-expression, that will inspire others. You will learn theoretical approaches to contemporary art teaching, a critical lens to examine school practices, and core teaching methods that are unique to your style, while tapping into your own creativity with 15 credit hours in your emphasis area.
All OL Art Education students will spend time in K-12 art classrooms throughout their degree. Each student will locate local art classrooms to observe licensed art teachers and their students. A majority of the observations occur during the school day and are conducted in person. Most of our art education courses have observation hours built into the curriculum to support RMCAD students in understanding the complexity of the teaching profession. In addition, each RMCAD student will complete two student teaching terms (elementary and middle/secondary) where they will work full time and in-person with mentor teachers.
Tech + Tools
As a RMCAD student, you are joining a supportive community of art educators:
- Learn from skilled art education instructors
- Unique curriculum designed to maximize your learning
- Personalized student teaching placements
- Small online class sizes for individual attention
Art Education Careers
Become an art teacher!
RMCAD’s Art Education Program is approved by both the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission of Higher Education. Graduates can apply for a Colorado K-12 teaching license in visual arts and begin their career of shaping lives in the classroom. The opportunities don’t stop there—universities and technical schools need qualified art education instructors too. The opportunities are numerous!
Potential Career Paths
Student Work + Success
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Teaching License Information
The RMCAD Art Education teacher preparation program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). RMCAD graduates in Art Education are prepared to apply for a K-12 teaching license in Art with the Colorado Department of Education.
RMCAD’s Art Education BFA allows graduates to apply for their Colorado Teaching Licensure and teach in the state of Colorado. Students interested in teaching in another state will first apply for their Colorado Licensure through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and then may be eligible to transfer licensure to their state. Students should contact their state licensing agency to find out the exact requirements for transferring an out of state license.
Art Education Faculty
There’s no substitute for a great teacher. To become one, you must have one. RMCAD’s Art Education instructors are invested in your success.
Art Education Events
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