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Teaching artists seek a unique path — choosing to bring their creative knowledge to populations ranging from community centers to hospitals, after-school programs, and shelters rather than traditional K-12 classroom settings.

The Teaching Artist Certificate is an online program for all kinds of artists: visual, performing, literary, media and crafts. Recognizing the role of the artist as a vital component of PreK-12 educational reform, the program was designed by the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The University of the Arts was the first degree-granting institution in the country to offer a Teaching Artist Certificate program.  

Today, the term "teaching artist" is generally applied to individuals working in their chosen field who are also able to bring their art to learners in the community. Learners can be found anywhere from community centers to hospitals, after-school programs, and shelters. But for the vast majority of teaching artists, the focus is on reaching school children in grades K-12. A teaching artist seeks a path different than a state-certified K-12 public classroom educator, choosing to focus on studio or performance processes and how to bring this creative knowledge to the community through their art.

This research-based certificate program builds a skillset for artists who work alongside teachers in PreK-12 classrooms and community settings.  The program helps artists obtain teaching positions, and helps justify a new employer’s decision to make you part of their educational curriculum.

This program is entirely online.  The benefits of the online course format include:

  • UArts' cohort-based structure and expert faculty help you build a professional network.
  • UArts classes are designed to support work-life balance — students can maintain careers while completing the Teaching Artist Certificate program.
  • Participate in asynchronous class discussions at your pace and when convenient for your schedule
  • Participate in synchronous sessions where students and instructors come together for a video conference discussion at least twice per course.

Coming soon.

Pay as you go by semester.


  • Foundations of Learning Theory 5 weeks | 2.0 Credits Tuition: $375, Fee: $15
  • Human Behavior & Child Development 5 weeks | 2.0 Credits | Tuition: $375, Fee: $15


  • Methods for Teaching Artists 10 weeks | 3.0 Credits | Tuition: $695, Fee: $15


  • Professional Practices 5 weeks | 2.0 Credits | Tuition: $375, Fee: $15
  • Capstone 5 weeks | 2.0 Credits | Tuition: $375, Fee: $15

    Total credits: 11
    Total tuition & fees: $2,270
    Matriculation fee*: $100

     Total program cost: $2,370 

    *one-time payment due upon acceptance into the Teaching Artist Certificate. If you are already enrolled in a certificate program and entering a second certificate program, the matriculation fee is discounted to $50.


    • This program is entirely online.  Students must have dependable access to the internet and the ability to access the Adobe Connect platform.
    • Students will use an academic writing style.  The program will use the APA formatting + style guide.


    Applications are not being accepted at this time. 

    Please email ce@uarts.edu for more information. 

    If accepted, students must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $100 to hold their place in the program. The matriculation fee is used to cover costs associated with the certificate program such as UArts CS student photo ID and computer lab access.

    Teaching Artist Course Sequence

    Participants complete five online courses in sequence, for a total of 110 contact hours over three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer). All courses are offered in an online format allowing students to log-in at their convenience to participate in discussions and readings.

    1. Foundations of Learning Theory

    This course explores the history and philosophy of learning theories and their application to present-day classroom practices. Theoretical models from pre-20th century through current brain-based research are examined in relation to the teaching of the arts. Learning styles and teaching strategies are analyzed as a means to address effective classroom practices. (First Course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $390)

    2: Human Behavior + Child Development

    The purpose of this course is to provide teaching artists with a basic understanding of child development theories and current issues in human behavior as related to patterns of change in the most critical age group of learners, ages 4-14. Cognitive, language, social/emotional and motor domains are examined. Consideration is given to the ways teaching artists can create age-appropriate arts activities within instructional settings including preK-12 classrooms and community sites. (Second Course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $390)

    3: Methods for Teaching Artists

    Application of theory into practice: Content of this course will include teaching methodology, arts integration, co-teaching strategies, program design and implementation, and student and program assessment. This course applies student knowledge of state arts and humanities standards, familiarity with preK-12 core curricula through PA Department of Education Standards Aligned System, and alignment of arts skills with core curriculum addressing Common Core State Standards. Methods for Teaching Artists will include the development of arts and arts integrated residencies in both schools and community settings and includes building an understanding of the culture and learning requirements of a particular community from pre-K to senior citizens. Course concentration focuses on how to design, deliver, and assess student learning in arts residency programs as well as assessing program success. (Third Course | 3 cr | 10 Weeks | $710)

    4: Professional Practices

    This course focuses on the skills needed to sustain life as a professional teaching artist. In addition to examining current trends and transitions in the field, students develop presentation materials for applying for grants and residencies. This includes drafting effective project proposals, writing artist statements, and documenting work. Through lectures, research projects, and discussions, students examine marketing for residencies, writing and managing contracts, budgets, record keeping, and taxes. Guest speakers representing a range of visual and performing arts as well as master teaching artists discuss aspects of the profession in live classroom sessions. (Fourth Course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $390)

    Final Course: Capstone Project

    This course is designed to provide you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have learned in the Teaching Artist Certificate program. You will identify and craft an application to a Teaching Artist residency that meets your individually defined goals in coordination with and approval by the instructor. Finally you will assemble and present your professional teaching e-portfolio, appropriate to your medium and professional goals. (Final Course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $390)

    The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) fosters the excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and broadens the appreciation and availability of those arts throughout the Commonwealth. The PCA fosters educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and community settings, creating an honored place for the arts in lifelong education. The PCA’s Arts in Education partners recruit, select, train, place and evaluate professional-quality artists for residencies in educational environments.

    If you would like to meet with a staff member or schedule an advising session, please email ce@uarts.edu to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  Philadelphia Campus Tours: Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour — admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049


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    School of Critical & Professional Studies
       with the Center for Engagement
    211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 905
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    (215) 717 - 6006