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    Art Education

    This certificate meets the needs of students who wish to teach art in Florida’s public schools. The certificate’s curriculum covers the special subject knowledge and pedagogical skills associated with teaching art, and prepares candidates for licensure as PreK-12 art teachers in Florida public schools.

    About this Certificate


    This certificate provides the skills and competencies required for effectively teaching art in Florida’s PreK-12 public schools, as identified by the State of Florida’s Six Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (or FEAPS). The School of Art and Art History in cooperation with the College of Education oversees this program.

    Students must demonstrate a basic level of competency in a studio area or design, as verified by an acceptable portfolio. It is strongly recommended that students have coursework in one or more of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, art and technology, graphic design, or art history. This certificate is best suited for students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in the visual arts, design, or art history.

    Interested students must meet with the School of Art and Art History undergraduate advisor for more information, course planning, and to obtain provisional approval prior to enrolling in certificate coursework.

    To qualify for admission to the certificate program, a student must complete the following:

    • Submit an acceptable portfolio of ten digital images of personal works of art and an academic writing sample.
    • Pass a background check and meet state fingerprint requirements.
    • Submit passing scores on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).
    • Apply and be admitted to the certificate program following the processes and procedures of the University, the academic unit offering the Certificate, and the College dean or designee.
    • Purchase a Livetext™ account via the College of Education for documentation of the six FEAPS and tasks, and official observation evaluations by the Field and University supervisors.
    • Complete ARE 2045 or EDF 1005 with grade of B or better.

    Course Requirements: Students must earn grades of B or better in all required courses. Additionally, 2000-level coursework should be taken before 3000-level coursework. Exceptions may be made with advisor approval.


    Complete the following course before making formal application to the certificate program. It’s recommended this course be taken before end of the sophomore year.
    • ARE 2045 Introduction to Art Education, 3 credits, or
    • EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession, 3 credits

    Required Courses

    Complete after approval of formal application to the certificate program. It’s recommended these courses be taken in the junior and senior years.
    Courses Credits
    ARE 4242 Teaching Art the Study of Practice 3
    ARE 4243 Principles of Teaching Art 3
    ARE 4934C Student Teaching Seminar
    Coreq: ARE 4940
    ARE 4940 Student Teaching in Art Education
    Coreq: ARE 4934C
    TSL 4324 ESOL Strategies for the Content Area Teacher
    College of Education

    To complete this certificate program, students must also achieve the following non-course requirements:

    • Successful completion of the ARE 4940 Internship as evidenced by overall ratings of “accomplished” or “exceptional on each of the six FEAP categories indicated on the Intern Evaluation form.
    • Satisfactory review of a teaching portfolio conducted by art education faculty and an external professional art educator at the culmination of the internship practicum.
    • Passing scores on the Art Subject Area Examination (SAE) ART K-12 and the Professional Education examination (PED) portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).
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