Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification Master of Arts Teaching (M.A.T.) - Art

About Art K–12 Teaching Certification

Inspire creativity and enhance the visual literacy of K-12 students.

Embark on a rewarding career teaching art by pursuing a master's degree in art education with teaching certification from California University of Pennsylvania. Level I teaching certification for grades K-12 and a secondary education master's degree can be completed in four semesters of classes and one semester of student teaching.

Designed for practicing artists, but open to bachelor's degree holders in any field, this graduate program combines core courses in pedagogy with studio art and art history classes as needed.

Experiential learning creates top teachers. 

  • Excel in student teaching and stand out in the art education job Cal U students complete extensive fieldwork in local school districts prior to full-time student teaching.
  • Founded as a teacher's college, Cal U has been taking a hands-on approach to teacher training for more than 160 years.


Flexible Schedule: A combination of online courses, on-site field experiences and a two-day, on-campus summer residency give art education graduate students the flexibility to continue working while earning their degree.

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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Degree Benefits

Graduate degree courses in K-12 arts education will give you mastery of the latest teaching practices and theories while deepening your expertise in visual arts. You'll also gain extensive hands-on experience through fieldwork and student teaching.

  • Study art curriculum development techniques and how to use the Standards Aligned System (SAS).
  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.
  • Master classroom technology for teaching art.
  • Take specialized studio art courses if needed.
  • Deepen your knowledge of art history.
  • Gain real-world classroom experience.
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Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this program are prepared to teach K-12 art at public or private schools. They also thrive in many other art- and education-related careers.  Cal U secondary education alumni hold teaching and related positions at dozens of schools, museums, art centers, and art education organizations.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

Our rigorous art education courses will deepen your own artistic practice while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in art education. This professional graduate degree program is delivered online, on-site in assigned field experiences, and during a two-day summer residency. All students are required to have current school clearances to participate in field experience and sign up for courses.



Course Credits
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
Required Content Courses (a grade of C or better is required for certification)
ART 110  Drawing I  3
ART 119  Design 2-D 3
ART 120  Design 3-D 3
ART 308  AH: Ancient/Medieval 3
ART 316  Renaissance/Rococo 3
ART 317  Neoclassism/Present 3
ART 350  Printmaking: Relief  OR  ART 351  Printmaking: Intaglio 3
ART 376  Jewelry/Metals: Casting  OR  ART 377  Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication 3
ART 382  Ceramics Studio 3
ART 383  Painting Studio 3
ART 385  Sculpture Studio 3
ART Electives (2) 6
Cal U Required Courses
EDU 650  Supporting the English Language Learner 3
ESP 610  Sp. Ed. Foundations & Collaboration 3
ESP 613  Evidence-Based Practices for Sec Inclusion 3
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
MSE 641  Orientation to 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 642  Standards-Based Instruction in 7-12 Ed 3
MSE 643  Content Area Literacy in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 644  Instructional Strategies in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 645  Technology in 7-12 Education* 3
MSE 646  Assessments and Interventions* 3
MSE 647  Classroom Management in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 655  Methods of Art Teaching K-12* 3
MSE 661  Student Teaching & School Law** 9
Total Graduate Credits 45

* Two-day on-campus July residency will be integrated into the summer MSE courses.

** Must earn a recommendation for student teaching.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Program Requirements

    • Depending on the area of certification chosen, the department will provide guidance if any foundation undergraduate courses need to be completed before applying for student teaching
  • Clearances:  Students are responsible for updating clearances annually through the Office of Field Experience.  In addition, clearances must be on file before applying for student teaching  - Acts 24, 34, 114, and 151

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification. 

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Learn Proven Best Practices

All core secondary education faculty members have doctorate degrees and most have taught in public schools at the middle or high school level. You'll learn educational best practices from professors who have first-hand experience in their application.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Art in Teaching

This essential degree course is where it all comes together. Learn key insights into teaching a broad range of artistic techniques to students at the elementary, middle/junior high or high school level.

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On-campus Summer Residency

Every summer, Cal U arts education graduate students benefit from two days of face-to face instruction, interaction with their peers and teaching sample lessons.



Art Certification Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Associate Professor

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

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Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.