Art Ed Hero

Teach others to do what you love – create art. Our dual major program combines a BFA degree that is recognized both nationally and internationally, with dynamic and innovative teacher preparation courses.

The curriculum includes core liberal arts courses and rigorous studio and education classes to prepare you for the State of Michigan Visual Arts LQ endorsement. Art education students gain large-scale, hands-on, detailed curriculum design and delivery experience. Hands-on experience at our on-site art and design based charter school, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS).


And if you've already received your BFA, you are eligible for our Post Graduate Certification program and may be able to complete our 27-credit Visual Arts Teacher Certification in two years or less. Our program prepares you for the Teacher Certification Exam while ensuring you will have met all bother Teacher Certification requirements

Our future is embedded in the creative minds of students and their ability to lead the next generation. Why not play a part?

What Sets Us Apart?

  • On-Site Lab School
    How many colleges are directly linked to a middle school and high school? Not many. With that said, as an Art Education student at CCS, you will complete field experience in our on-site, grades 6 to 12 charter school, the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies. As an Art Education student, you will have the opportunity to lead the charter school students through a large-scale, hands-on, detailed curriculum design experience.
  • Studio Plus Art Education Curriculum
    In order to teach art, you must first become an artist. At CCS, you must choose a major area of study within our 11 major curricula. As you learn how to become an educator over the course of your stay, you will also be mastering the craft of your chosen major, making you a professional educator and artist or designer.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach to Art and Design Education
    In order to effectively teach art to elementary, middle school and high school students, you must know how to educate your students across all disciplines of art, including art history, criticism, 2D, 3D and digital art forms. At CCS, you will be educated as a cross-disciplinary artist.
  • Reciprocity
    Graduates of CCS with a BFA degree and a Teaching Certificate in Art Education are highly sought after through the Michigan Reciprocity Agreement.

Career Choices

  • K-12 Art Teachers
  • Community Arts Program
  • Community Arts Gallery
  • Director of Educational Programs
  • Museum Education


Contact Us

Art Education Department
T. 313.664.7419
F. 313.664.7416

Department Chair
Nancy Vanderboom Lausch
T. 313.664.7484

If you already have a BFA degree, you can earn your K-12 Teacher Certification with us.

K-12 Art Education Certification Program

Previous Apprenticeships

Berkley School District
Birmingham Public
Bloomfield Hills Public
Brandon Community
Chippewa Valley

Dearborn Public
Detroit Community
Detroit Public
Fitzgerald Public
Grosse Pointe Public
Lakeview Public

Livonia Public
Northville Public
Plymouth Canton
Rochester Community
Roseville Community

Southfield Public
Troy Public
Walled Lake Consolidated
Warren Consolidated
Warren Woods
West Bloomfield

CCS Art Education Curriculum & Certification Requirements

Class/Professional ProgramCredits
DAE 200Education Foundations: History and Philosophy of Education3
DAE 250Human Development, Creativity & Visual Learning3
DAE 305Reading and Language Arts Methods & Technology3
DAE 315Elementary Art Teaching: Methods, Materials & Content Area Literacy3
DAE 405Secondary Art Teaching: Methods, Materials & Content Area Literacy3
DAE 510Directed Teaching10
DAE 520Professional Seminar2
Total Credits27

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