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Art is more than just creativity. It’s the most personal form of expression there is but the ability to help guide another artist to express themselves fully is an art form in itself. RMCAD’s Art Education Online Program teaches artists just like you how to acquire the technical tools and teaching philosophies, all while experiencing it through the power of a virtual learning platform. It’s your education on your time. If you are comparing art education degree online programs, continue reading to learn why students like yourself pursue teacher certification through this comprehensive bachelor’s program.

Online Art Education Degree Program Overview

As a student in this art education online degree program, you’ll get on-the-ground teaching experience via 200 hours of classroom observation and 1 semester of student teaching. This experience gives you the opportunity to develop real-world job skills that set you up for success in the classroom —whether that’s as an elementary art teacher or at the secondary school level. Our art teacher degree students explore critical inquiry while they delve into teaching philosophies and techniques that allow you to develop your own unique style while meeting the criteria for your teaching certificate.

Be a part of enhancing a child’s love for art.

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Online Art Education Program Highlights

Psychology of Creativity

Students learn the following: artistic agency is the acknowledged ability to make choices and create change. Agency implies a belief that what artists do affects the world around us and makes a difference. (Gude, 2009).


Students demonstrate professionalism in the field through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.

Student Evaluation

Students apply a variety of assessment practices in order to develop and support classroom instruction, motivation, and continuous feedback on the learning process.

Classroom Management

Students develop lessons and instruction that represent the importance of making choices and creating change through art.

Performance Standards

Students demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.

Fine Art Emphasis

Students demonstrate a commitment to learning through works written or created. Artists/Educators seek to be models of high standards in art and education through their professional composition. 

*The Art Education Department uses Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Educator Preparation Standards, which include Educator Preparation Teacher Quality Standards (5.0 – 5.04), Educator Preparation English Language Learner Standards (EL), and the Visual Arts Standards (Grades K-12) (4.04).

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Online Art Education Degree Requirements

RMCAD’s Art Education Online Degree Program prepares you to take your first steps into the classroom, with confidence. It’s the connection between culture and self-expression, that will inspire others. You will learn theoretical approaches to contemporary art instruction, a critical lens to examine school practices, and core teaching methods that are unique to your style, while tapping into your own creativity with 15 credit hours in your emphasis area. 

All Art Education e-learning students will spend time in K-12 art classrooms throughout their degree. Each student will locate local art classrooms to observe licensed art teachers and their students for 200 hours. A majority of the observations occur during the school day and are conducted in person. Most of our online art education degree courses have observation hours built into the curriculum to support RMCAD students in understanding the complexity of the teaching profession. In addition, each RMCAD student will complete two student teaching terms (elementary and middle/secondary) where they will work full time and in-person with mentor teachers. 

Tech + Tools

As a RMCAD student earning their art education degree online, you are joining a supportive community of art educators: 

  • Learn from skilled art education instructors
  • Unique curriculum designed to maximize your learning 
  • Field and student teaching experience
  • Small online class sizes for individual attention

Art Education Careers

RMCAD’s Online Art Education Program is approved by both the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission of Higher Education. Graduates can apply for a Colorado K-12 teaching license in visual arts and begin their career of shaping lives in the classroom. But the opportunities don’t stop there, learn more about additional potential career paths!

Potential Career Paths

Some of these jobs may require further certifications.

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Teaching License Information

The RMCAD Art Education teacher preparation program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). RMCAD graduates in Art Education are prepared to apply for a K-12 teaching license in Art with the Colorado Department of Education.

RMCAD’s Art Education BFA allows graduates to apply for their Colorado Teaching Licensure and teach in the state of Colorado. Students interested in teaching in another state will first apply for their Colorado Licensure through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and then may be eligible to transfer licensure to their state. Students should contact their state licensing agency to find out the exact requirements for transferring an out of state license.

Art Education Faculty

There’s no substitute for a great teacher. To become one, you must have one. RMCAD’s Art Education instructors are invested in your success.

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