Creative Educator Program

Creative Educator Program

Professional development for people who teach, use and make art to inspire.

Opportunities for teachers of all disciplines to build experience integrating art and technology in the classroom.

Earn SCECHs — All teachers who complete any of CCS’s professional development workshops will earn Michigan State Board of Education SCECH (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) or Graduate Credit. See individual course descriptions for SCECH details.


Adobe® Photoshop® Basics (2.4 SCECHs) This course explores the use of Adobe® Photoshop® software to produce digital images. Students develop the skills necessary for image scanning, photo retouching, image enhancing and manipulation, and color correction. Participants will be introduced to using the Wacom® tablet and must have working knowledge of Macintosh computers.

AGRC 265 ASC (educator section)
Taubman Center
Thursday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
October 9 – November 13, six sessions
$275 Noncredit $280 ASC

Creating Digital Portfolio (2.4 SCECHs) Learn how to show the inspiration behind the designs and accomplishments that define your skills and career. Learn to tell the story behind project concepts and to communicate the overarching theory behind your work. These intangibles are what will sell you to a potential employer — not just the proof of your abilities on paper. View samples of formal, creative portfolio presentations in digital format. Understand how websites and social networks can help (or hurt) your chances at communicating who you are as a creative professional. You have the experience, all you have to do is out-portfolio everyone else.

WKSH 164 ASC (educator section)
Ford Campus
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
October 18 – November 22, six sessions
$275 Noncredit $280 ASC

iPads for Design (3.0 SCECHs) This course is designed to introduce art educators to the best practices for utilizing a personal tablet or iPad into their course curricula. As school districts begin to issue such devices to each student, teachers are working to understand how to get the most of out of the tool. This course will open the door to the many options and proven methods of using such tools in the art and design classroom.

WKSH 501 ASC (educator section)
Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
October 18 – November 22, six sessions
$275 Noncredit $280 ASC 

Beginning Web Design (3.0 SCECHs) This course is for students with limited knowledge of web design and will provide an introduction to the process and design theories. Through practical, hands-on instruction you will learn how to design and build your own website and place it on the Internet using Macromedia Dreamweaver® software and basic HTML fundamentals. Participants must have working knowledge of Macintosh computers and basic Photoshop® skills.

AGRC 350 ASC (educator section)
Taubman Center Thursday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
October 9 – December 17, 10 sessions
(no class Nov. 27)
$455 Noncredit $460 ASC

On-site District/School Training or Professional Development

Professional Development Workshops can be offered at your location* or at CCS for small or large groups. Workshops offer teachers guidance to meet curricular goals through innovative methods and support of their own professional artistic growth. CCS will work with you and your colleagues to outline the goals for the session(s) and will develop a program that meets your needs.

Workshop rates are based on course content, material requirements and workshop length.

Program content can range from best practices for teaching art and/or design to instructor-led projects in any of CCS’s studios or shops. Whether the goal is to create or innovate, CCS can help your team of teachers achieve their creative potential as artists and educators.

* Workshops delivered at on-site locations will be limited to utilizing currently available technologies.



To discuss your Teacher professional development or training needs call:

Alicia Simon
Precollege and Continuing Studies

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