Post-baccalaureate program in art education

KCAI's post-baccalaureate art education certification program is designed as a one-year, three-semester program leading to Missouri certification in art education for those who have completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and who are interested in teaching K-12 art in public schools. 

 

The program consists of coursework and fieldwork experiences focused on the preparation of the "artist-teacher" —an individual who is prepared to teach art in diverse K-12 settings; who has a strong connection to art-making as well as the discipline of art and the creative process; and who understands and is able to apply knowledge of artistic development, special needs learners and learning and curriculum theory to practice.

With this grounding, the artist-teacher will be able to effectively create engaging learning experiences for K-12 studentsa reflective practitioner who can demonstrate important 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration. 

Admission to the post-baccalaureate program

KCAI is committed to attracting a diverse pool of art teacher candidates. Successful candidates will possess:
  • A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art and/or design from an accredited college of art or university program
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 in the major
  • Evidence of commitment to art teaching and learning with children and adolscents

Application

If you are interested in applying for this program for 2015-2016, please complete and submit the application form.

There is an application fee of $45.

You are requested to submit:

  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution*
  • Two letters of recommendation**
  • A statement of purpose. Note: The statement of purpose should include the following:
    • A clearly written statement about why you are interested in teaching K-12
    • And what experiences have prepared you to pursue this path.

Learn more in this downloadable brochure.

* Transcripts

Official transcripts containing the official school seal are required and need to be sent in hard copy form to:

Kansas City Art Institute
c/o Admissions
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111-1820

** Letters of recommendation

Two letters are required. These may come from former teachers, professional artists or other employers. These individuals should be familiar with your work and character and be qualified to make an evaluation of your past performance and potential for growth. Download the letter of recommendation form.

Program curriculum  

Courses

The program curriculum includes 10 courses totaling 28 credit hours. (See Table 1) Courses are scheduled during the evenings to accommodate working professionals and allow for observation hours and teaching during the day. 

Table 1.   KCAI post-baccalaureate art education courses/credit hours  
Course#
Title
Credits
ART 401  
Art Education Theory and Practice
3
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Educational Psychology
3
ART 402
Developmental Issues in Art Education
3
ART 403
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Art (elementary)
3
ART 404
Issues in Pedagogy and Curriculum (secondary)
3
PRAC 401,403,404
Field Observations
3
ART 405
Critical Studies in Art Education
2
ART 406
Student Teaching (elementary)
4
ART 407
Student Teaching (secondary)
4
           
Course rotation
 
The KCAI post-baccalaureate course schedule and rotation will begin with an admission deadline in the spring and the beginning-level course scheduled for the summer. Courses will be taken in succession with an expected completion date for the program in the following spring and culminating with student teaching (Table 2.)
 
Table 2. Course rotation 
Course#
Title
Credits
Rotation
ART 401  
Art Education Theory and Practice
3
summer
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Educational Psychology (online or through UMKC)
3
summer
ART 402
Developmental Issues in Art Education
3
summer
ART 403
Curriculum, Methods and Instructional Techniques (Elem.)
3
fall
ART 404
Curriculum, Methods and I structional Techniques (Sec.)
3
fall
PRACT 401,403,404
Field Observations
1 credit each; total 3 credits
fall
ART 405
Critical Studies in Art Education
2
spring
ART 406
Student Teaching (elementary)
4
spring (day)
ART 407
Student Teaching (secondary)
4
spring (day)
 
Field experiences 
The field experiences include 75 hours of field visits in PK-12 school art settings with diverse school populations30 hours at entry level and 45 hours in mid-program.These requirements are completed as part of art education courses (PRACT 401, 403, 404) and taken prior to student teaching. These entry and mid-program field visits include observations and practice teaching in the presence of a licensed art teacher. Documentation of completed field experiences, candidate reflection and art teacher evaluation of candidates is required for all observations.  

Statement

The application requires a statement about why you want to pursue a career in teachinmg art. It is recommended that you write and word process a 250-word statement that addresses why you would be an effective art teacher and why you want to teach art. You can copy and paste it into the application.

Program costs

Tuition for the post-baccalaureate program for 2014-15 is $8,000; for 2015-2016, tuition will be $8,400. This does not include costs for textbooks and supplies, fees for a background check and a TB test (required of all teacher education students in the state of Missouri), fees related to required teacher education exams and travel costs related to completing observations and student teaching in the public schools. A deposit of $300, which will be applied toward tuition, is required at the time of acceptance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply? How many classes and credits are required? Learn the answers to these and other frequently asked questions.  

Post-Baccalaureate faculty

  • Sheri Klein, coordinator of art teacher certification

    Sheri R. Klein, coordinator of KCAI's post-baccalaureate program in art...Read More