Post-Master's Certificate: Teaching Art Education


About the Certificate

The post-master’s certificate in Teaching Art Education is a NASAD-accredited program that allows students to pursue Pennsylvania certification in art, grades Kindergarten through 12. The certificate program offers a pathway for those holding the MFA degree, as well as those with an MEd degree and a fine arts background, to add art teaching credentials to their professional portfolio. Students are evaluated by cooperating teachers and supervisors through two field placements in local schools. Journals, lesson planning, art making, curriculum development and a capstone exhibition of the work of their students are key elements of the certificate program.

Tyler students take full advantage of the school’s location in Philadelphia and the city’s rich array of schools, communities, museums, galleries and artists, opening up opportunities for artistic growth, research, networking and jobs. The Tyler faculty is committed to urban art education and the power of collaborating with communities. Tyler students not only learn how to teach art and grow as artists, but they also learn how to effect positive change in the communities where they work.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s admissions advisor for more information.

Accreditation: The Tyler School of Art and Architecture is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Job Prospects: The certificate program is dedicated to producing well-trained art teachers.

Licensure/Certification: Teacher certification is the process used in the United States to ensure that prospective K-12 teachers are qualified and prepared to teach at the levels and in the subjects that they intend to teach. Certification in Art Education prepares graduates to teach art to students from K-12. Certification is not always required by private institutions, but some may prefer to hire certified teachers.

In order to become certified in Art Education, students must complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, pass the Praxis® exams required in their state of employment, and satisfy other state-licensing examinations, as applicable.

Temple University is a Pennsylvania state-approved teacher preparation program for K-12 Art. See Completion of Temple University’s Teaching Art Education post-master’s certificate satisfies the necessary requirements for graduates to sit for the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis® Subject Assessments, and Praxis® Fundamentals.

For certification in some states, students may need to take the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam for their desired grade levels, which they are prepared for through their field placements, classroom observations, and study of human development and pedagogy.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Only certain courses are available to non-matriculated graduate students. Please contact the Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices for more information.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 6
Spring: November 1

All applications are evaluated together after deadline date. Applicants must meet the January 6 priority deadline to be considered for financial assistance. After January 6, applications may be considered on a rolling basis.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty, art teachers or supervisors, and curators or gallery directors familiar with the applicant's academic and artistic competence. The letters should be submitted with the application at, along with the statement of goals and resume.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, 40 undergraduate studio credits, and 9 art history credits.

Master’s Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: An MFA degree in Art is required. An MEd degree, complemented by a fine arts background, is also accepted.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A degree in Art or Art Education is required. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, whether or not a degree was awarded, must be sent to the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Graduate Admissions Office, 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016.

Statement of Goals: In approximately 500 to 1,000 words, share your interest in Temple's program in particular, your future career goals, and your academic and artistic endeavors and achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE/MAT: Scores should be in the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal and/or analytical sections. Students with concerns about scores should contact the Chair of the Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Portfolio: Applicants must submit a portfolio that consists of 20 images representative of their range of experience and the immediate direction of their work. Include a variety of drawings. Portfolios are to be uploaded at, as instructed at the website. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. Original work, slides, CD-ROMs, catalogs, photographs, books and/or binders are not acceptable substitutes for the SlideRoom portfolio and will not be reviewed or returned.

Resume: Current resume required.

Transfer Credit: Upon approval of the Art Education Program Director, the student's advisor, and the Associate Dean, up to 9 credits of graduate work completed at Temple University within a five-year period may be transferred into the program. Up to 6 credits of graduate coursework taken at other accredited institutions within the prior five years before matriculation may be considered for transfer into the program after the student has enrolled. No decisions are made until a student has successfully completed 15 matriculated credits at Tyler. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 211

Required Courses:

ARTE 5003Inclusive Art Education K-12 Students in the Art Room3
ARTE 5888Student Teaching6
ARTE 8001Contemporary Issues in Art Education 23
or ARTE 8002 History of Art Education
or ARTE 8003 Art Education Research
ARTE 9187Graduate Materials and Methods in Art3
EDUC 8501Motivation in Education3
or EDUC 8506 Cognition and Learning in Education
EPSY 5561Development and Learning Over the Lifespan3
Total Credit Hours21

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum

Internship: An internship is required when seeking Teaching Certification.

Culminating Event:
Artwork Exhibition:
At the end of the final term, students present a capstone exhibition of their students' work.


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016


Mailing Address for Official Transcripts:

Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

Submission Address for Portfolio:

Submission Address for All Other Application Materials:

Department Contacts:

Graduate Program Director:

Renee Jackson


Department Chairperson - Art Education and Community Arts Practices:

Lisa Kay