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Certificate of Design Thinking for K-12 Art Educators – Online

The world is in need of creative thinkers, now more than ever. The designers of the future will be the changemakers, problem solvers, and pathmakers of the world. This online certificate program is designed to give K-12 teachers the tools to support and nurture the future designers of the world.

Teachers will earn SCECH points while creating lesson plans and content to bring to their classrooms. Through the implementation of design practices within art education pedagogy, K12 educators will cultivate an appreciation for design and the potential career paths design affords their students.

The Program

The online program is divided up into modules that can be taken in any order once the first module is completed. This accommodates the schedules of K12 educators, allowing them to move through modules at their own pace and selecting modules that meet their needs.

Students/teachers participating in the certificate program will employ design thinking as a framework for exploring contemporary topics in art education. Some examples of topics offered as modules include social justice, online learning, and reflective practice. All modules will involve some aspect of curriculum design that art teachers can immediately map onto their current teaching context, essentially putting theory into practice. A minimum of four modules beyond the first foundational module must be completed to receive the certificate, totaling 150 SCECH hours.

More information on The Art of Design Thinking Certificate is coming soon.


The Art of Design Thinking (prerequisite)

8 weeks: September 20- November 12

This first course in the series will examine the tenets of design, design thinking, and its application in art education pedagogy. Establishing the foundation for thinking and practice in the remaining modules, students will acquire fundamental understandings about design thinking and its intersections with traditional studio curriculum.

The course is ‘designed’ so that teachers can immediately implement design thinking practices in real-time within their teaching contexts. In addition, opportunities to think through design problems visually will afford opportunities for art-making experience’s during the course.

The course will be delivered asynchronously on CANVAS, with weekly readings and assignments. Students can expect to spend roughly 6.25 hours a week, some of which will take place within the context of their classrooms.

Required Materials:
Access to a computer/internet
The ability to photograph and document work/experiences
Book: TBA
Basic art materials

Program Faculty

Dr. Amy Ruopp

Dr. Amy Ruopp

Chair and Assistant Professor of Art Education

Dr. Lauren Hermann

Dr. Lauren Hermann

Adjunct Faculty and Art Education Specialist