Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply to the post-baccalaureate art education program?

Those who have a B.F.A. degree in studio art or design and would like to pursue a position as a visual art teacher in the public schools.
Is the program approved?
Yes, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the art education program.
How many classes and credits are required?
The program requires 28 credit hours.
When does the program begin?
The program begins in summer session, continues through fall semester and concludes the following spring semester.
When do the classes meet? How long do they last?
Most of the classes are scheduled in the evening. Three credit classes are three hours long and meet once a week. Two credit courses are two hours long and meet once a week. Student-teaching and practicum courses require that you observe and teach in the public schools during the school day. Student teaching is completed in one 16-week semester in the spring.
Where do the classes meet?
Art education classes meet in a designated classroom on the KCAI campus.
If I can’t take a class in sequence, can I take it later?
If you withdraw from the program and wish to take courses at a later date, you must reapply to the program.
What are the required studio courses for art licensure?
Thirty credits of studio courses (3 credits each) are required for licensure: drawing, painting, printmaking or photography, ceramics, sculpture, fiber, art history or art criticism, instructional techniques for K-12 and studio art electives.
Can I transfer credits for the 30 credit hours of studio courses required by the state of Missouri for art licensure?
The program coordinator will review your transcript. You will need to provide the program coordinator with transcripts in hard copy form or via email. In some instances, a syllabus may be required for review of your coursework. After a review, you will be notified in writing of any deficiencies as well as coursework credits that will apply to this requirement and your program. You will be expected to complete any coursework before the student teaching semester.

Who teaches in the art education program?

Melinda Robino, M.S.Ed., is an art educator with more than 20 years' experience in the visual arts, digital arts and higher education. She is program coordinator and teaches in the program.
Does participation in this program qualify me for financial aid?
Accepted program participants may be eligible for financial aid. Those seeking financial aid should contact the KCAI financial aid office to discuss eligibility, deadlines and processes for procuring aid.
In addition to tuition, what other expenses will be incurred?
Student-teacher candidates are responsible for course texts, miscellaneous course supplies for art projects and for transportation to campus and to student teaching, as well as for their own lodging and meals. 
To satisfy the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for art licensure, 30 credits of studio and art history courses are required. If yhou do not have 3 credts each of painting, drawing, design, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, photography or printmaking and a studio elective, you will need to complete coursework prior to applying for licensure.
Will I have a degree when I complete the post-baccalaureate art education program coursework?
No, the program leads to Missouri K-12 art licensure.
When is student teaching? How long will I student teach?
Student teaching occurs in the spring semester.
There are two student teaching placements — one at elementary and one at secondary level. They each will occur between 6-8 weeks or for (1) one full semester term. 
What arrangements will I need to make during student teaching?
You will need to arrange work so that it does not interfere with your daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule. Also, you will need transportation to your school site and to campus.
Do I have to take a test to be certified?
Yes, there are currently two tests: Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) and the Pearson Art Exam #036.
The MEP is a report of a test that assesses your inclinations toward and potential in several important areas of performance relevant to teaching. Upon completion of this profile, you will meet with the coordinator and to discuss it with the aim to increase and maximize your potential.
For teacher-candidates taking the required exam after Sept. 1, 2014, you will need to take the PEARSON EXAM #036.
Cost: $77
Payment info:
This is a two-hour computer-based exam (100 question multiple choice exam) and can be taken at: 
  1. Pearson Professional Center, 9200 Ward Parkway, Ward Parkway Corporate Center, Suite 101, Kansas City, Mo.
  2. Pearson Professional Center, 8700 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 120, Building 3, Overland Park, Kan.
  3. Johnson Community College Regnier Center, 2nd floor, Room 243, Overland Park, Kan. 
To find a location go to: 
You can purchase a practice exam (available fall 2014) and take the exam in Oct/Nov 2014 during fall semester.
Passing the appropriate Pearson examination is required by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to obtain initial teaching certification.
Alignment of Missouri Educator Assessments with the KCAI program.
Course Benchmark                                Exam
ART 401                                                     Entry   Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)
ART 402/403   Mid-program                  Pearson Exam #036
ART 406/407   Student Teaching         Missouri Standards-Based Performance Assessments (MoPTA)
Completion of capstone e-portfolio
Note: This test is being piloted in 2014. Those completing programs in spring 2015 will not be required to complete this assessment. 
How do I apply?
Fill out the form on this website, where you will need to create an account before filling out and submitting the form.

What is the application deadline for summer session 2015?
April 15, 2015, is the deadline for all materials for priority consideration.

Whom do I contact with questions about the program?

Melinda Robino, M.S.Ed.
Program coordinator