Arts in Education (Certificate)

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Are you planning a career in working with children or elders? Add an arts education certificate, and expand the diverse ways you can facilitate, create and recreate.

The certificate program in arts in education is specifically designed for prospective preK-8 educators who wish to enhance their teaching practices by developing the necessary skills to use the arts throughout the curriculum.

By weaving the principles and practices of the arts and other disciplinary curricula together, teachers can create rich and engaging environments that enhance student learning by capitalizing on the critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity inherent in the arts and arts experiences.

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Arts in Education (Certificate)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in arts in education requires 18 credit hours (including 12 credit hours of upper division). All upper-division courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Arts Education Lower-Division Core -- 6 credit hours
Arts Education Upper-Division Core -- 9 credit hours
Arts Elective Course -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

This certificate will add richness and depth that is applicable to multiple careers including:

  • community engagement
  • dementia care
  • education and teaching
  • nursing
  • recreation

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Childcare Workers 6.9%$22,290
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School7.4%$58,600
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4%$57,160
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 12.6%$55,410
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education7.9%$54,230
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 11.2%$53,640
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 10.5%$28,990
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School7.9%$94,390

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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