Art Education

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Teach others to do what you love – create art.

Art programs are on the rise. Despite what you may have heard the arts remain a vital part of K-12 education and talented art educators are in demand.

The CCS Art Education program is a unique, studio-based Visual Arts Teacher Certification program that combines an internationally recognized BFA degree with teacher preparation courses.

Art Education is a hands-on, innovative teacher certification program that focuses solely on the learning and teaching of art. The curriculum combines rigorous studio and education classes with core liberal arts courses to prepare you to teach in Michigan and throughout the United States. 

Post-Degree Teacher Certification Program Option

If you have already earned a 4-year degree in art and design and are seeking additional K-12 Art Education Certification, you can enroll in our 27-credit Post Degree Visual Arts Teacher Certification program. Learn more about admissions requirements by viewing the Post-degree Application Requirements.

What Sets Us Apart?

On-Site Lab School
Hands-on experience at our onsite, art- and design-based charter school, University Prep: Art & Design in addition to schools throughout the Metropolitan Detroit Area.

Studio-Based Art Education
Become an art educator while mastering the craft of your chosen major — making you a professional educator and artist or designer.

Streamlined Certification
Prepare for the State of Michigan Visual Arts LQ Certification while at the same time completing your CCS studio BFA.

CCS graduates with a BFA degree and a Teaching Certificate in Art Education are highly sought after through the Michigan Reciprocity Agreement.


Career Choices

K-12 Art Teacher
Community Arts Program Director
Community Arts Gallery Director
Museum Educator
Educator in Medical Facilities



Art Education Mission Statement

The Art Education program at CCS combines an internationally recognized BFA degree with dynamic and innovative teacher preparation courses. In keeping with the CCS mission of producing the finest artists in their respective fields, the Art Education Department prepares teacher candidates to be leaders in diverse educational communities and beyond. Through a rigorous professional program in content and pedagogy, students foster a love of teaching and learning, understanding of learner-centered needs, and mastery of studio/classroom best practices.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Upon graduation from the CCS Art Education Program students will demonstrate:

  • Theoretical and practical comprehension of the learner and learning as evidenced by successful completion of Art Education courses and record of extensive practicum and field experiences.
  • Mastery of Art materials, techniques, and delivery appropriate to K-12 art education as evidenced through successful Behaviors and Dispositions and end of course assessments.
  • Proficiency in delivery and instructional practice as evidenced by the recommendation of mentor and supervising teachers in Directed Teaching.
  • Professional responsibility as evidenced by demonstrated commitment to teaching, leadership in the field, service to the community, and reflective learning.

Our Philosophy

Commitment, Leadership, Service, Reflection

The CCS Art Education Department takes its charge from the commitment to educate artists and designers to be leaders in their field coupled with a solid foundation of community service. We are an art and design-based education program that believes the future of our nation is embedded in the creative minds of our students and their ability to lead the next generation. As a National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited college, we prepare visual art education candidates that are: reflective learners, highly skilled and knowledgeable in their studio of choice, technologically trained, and highly qualified to meet State and National Standards.

We believe our students should be as equally skilled in art and design as they are in the pedagogy of teaching. Moreover, teachers in the content areas must be prepared to teach the breadth of their specialty; in the field of art and design that includes the history, philosophy and analysis of art, as well as the creative process. 


Further, art educators must be knowledgeable across the curriculum. They must be well versed in the history and philosophy of education and understand how it relates to their own practice. We believe our teacher candidates must be prepared to teach all student populations including the full range of physical, social, and cognitive needs.

Additionally, we believe our teacher candidates must have early and continuous hands-on experiences throughout their professional program in a myriad of educational environments serving public and private pre-K-12 institutions. Likewise, learning through service to the community is fundamental to our program.

Pedagogically, we believe that a complete education is constructive in nature. We encourage open dialogue amongst students and faculty. Our courses are sequentially designed to build knowledge about teaching blended with the artistic skills, techniques and philosophies of individual studio majors and culminating in directed teaching.

Previous Apprenticeships

Berkley School District
Birmingham Public
Bloomfield Hills Public
Brandon Community
Chippewa Valley

Dearborn Public
Detroit Community
Detroit Public
Fitzgerald Public
Grosse Pointe Public
Lakeview Public

Livonia Public
Northville Public
Plymouth Canton
Rochester Community
Roseville Community

Southfield Public
Troy Public
Walled Lake Consolidated
Warren Consolidated
Warren Woods
West Bloomfield