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Art for NK-12 Education: Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certification


Program Rationale:
Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree may pursue teacher certification through our post-baccalaureate program.
This program prepares students for teacher certification in Art Education (PK–12) and does not result in a master’s degree.


Program Outcomes:

In the post-baccalaureate program, art teacher candidates will:
• develop or increase appropriate techniques and processes in a variety of visual media;
• acquire knowledge of art forms, artists, and art works from diverse historical and contemporary contexts;
• experience a variety of teaching strategies by designing comprehensive, sequential curriculum that is developmentally appropriate;
• use a variety of teaching strategies to promote a high level of student understanding and artistic achievement during select field and student teaching experiences; and
• engage in self-evaluation and analysis of their field and teaching experiences to identify areas for personal growth. 


Planned Program of Study:
Persons holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an art-related major or concentration must follow a planned program of graduate study leading to certification in art education NK–12. The Planned Program of Study is determined and filed with the advisor or chair of the department and must be approved by the office of the School of Graduate Studies to ensure that all certification requirements are satisfied. The Planned Program becomes a contract between the student and his or her advisor. Post-baccalaureate students must meet the following general education requirements: at least 39 credits of liberal arts course work, including a U.S. history survey course, and coursework in each of the following areas— English, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences, and one course in foreign language or fine arts. Coursework in developmental or life span psychology is a prerequisite for the Professional Program. These candidates are required to have the equivalent of 45 credits in art-related courses and fulfill departmental admissions requirements which include a portfolio review.

Admission Requirements:
In addition to fulfilling the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must successfully pass a portfolio review and essay evaluation to be fully admitted into graduate programs in the Department of Art. For complete information regarding the format and content of the portfolio and essay requirements, interested applicants should visit the School of Graduate Studies’ website at www.ccsu.edu/grad and click on “Additional Application Materials.” Interested
applicants can contact the Department of Art directly at 860-832-2620.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Professional Program
Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Professional Program depends upon and follows admission to the Graduate School. Post baccalaureate students must meet all course and fieldwork requirements specified in the Art Education teacher preparation programs and governed by State of Connecticut regulations.  This includes satisfying certain general education and subject matter major requirements.


General Portfolio Requirements for All Applicants

The portfolio must consist of 15–20 slides or digital images of the applicant’s artwork in a variety of media that  demonstrate the applicant’s best studio practice. It is important that no work submitted be copied from photographs or  other works of art. Multiple views are recommended for original work in sculpture, ceramics, 3D design and/or crafts.


Post-Baccalaureate Certification Portfolio Requirements

Applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program must submit a portfolio that contains examples of all of the following:

1. Still-life drawings and/or paintings that illustrate accurate depictions of form and space.
2. Landscape and/or architecture (indoor or outdoor) showing successful descriptions of form and space. These must be
drawing and/or painting.
3. Images (any 2D and/or 3D) that illustrate convincing knowledge and translation of the elements and principles of design.
4. Tonal drawings in pencil, charcoal, or ink, that were executed from life and that depict figure, landscape, or still life, as well as successfully describe the illusion of light defining 3D volume.


Graduate Admission Essay

Applicants must submit a completed essay describing their background and interest in the program. On the initial page, an applicant should include his or her name and the program to which he or she is applying (Master of Science in Art Education or Post-Baccalaureate). The essay should be two pages, double-spaced. In the essay, applicants should:

1. give a brief account of their background in relation to education, occupation, and activities relevant to the field of art and art education;
2. discuss the reasons for choosing an advanced degree in art, some of the ideas in which they are currently interested, and future areas they would like to explore; and
3. include a brief discussion of the work that was submitted for the portfolio review.

Where to Submit Additional Application Materials

The portfolio and essay should be sent as a package directly to the Department of Art at the same time that materials are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Send the portfolio and essay package to:

Central Connecticut State University
Department of Art, Maloney Hall
RE: Graduate Admission Materials
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050


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