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 on arts in education and recreation is specifically designed for prospective preK-8 educators and recreation specialists who wish to enhance their facilitation practices by developing the necessary skills to use the arts throughout their programming and curriculum. This certificate program does not lead to any official teaching certificate or endorsement through Arizona Department of Education. Instead, it is designed to help educators use the arts in their regular teaching practice.

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.

At A Glance

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 courses). 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
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 program can add richness and depth to a student's program of study that is applicable to multiple careers including:

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