Adaptive Arts License
ADAPTIVE ARTS EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE WITH LICENSURE (859)
Expand your skills in therapeutic art practices and grow your abilities to create lessons that meet learners’ exceptional needs effectively, creatively, and compassionately throughout the K-12 community!
Are you seeking more strategies to use in the art room to develop your students’ social emotional skills? How about approaches to build differentiated learning into your art lessons to engage students of varying abilities and exceptional needs?
Not sure you have the extra time? This program is specifically designed to meet your busy schedule–learn the content by attending classes in-person or asynchronously. Then apply what you learn directly to your own classroom.
You will gain:
- A deep foundation in adaptive education and ethical practices.
- Strategies to organize and manage a therapeutic art program and assessments.
- Knowledge of special education laws, current issues, and curriculum design for varying abilities.
- Skills to create effective lessons using a variety of strategies, materials, and assistive technologies based on research and theories.
- Approaches in classroom management to support a strong community and positive learning environment.
This flexible post-baccalaureate certificate program is designed to help you expand your teaching skills to aid in the growth of your students social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs within the arts.
Ready to get started? Sign up here!
(Because of this program), "I grew in communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy, and patience. Ultimately getting my adaptive arts license allows more opportunities and experiences for both me and my students."
—Kaitlin Powers, Alverno Art Education/ Art Therapy 2022 graduate
Required Courses and Descriptions
AE-285: Art Therapy (In-person or online asynchronous option) (3 credits)
The student explores the theory, techniques and practical material necessary to evolve into a competent professional. The student develops an understanding of the art therapist's ability to effect therapeutic change with a variety of populations.
AE-386-02: Media & Methods in Art Therapy (In-person or online asynchronous option) (3 credits)
In this course students will directly explore media and methods in both art therapy and art education settings. This course focuses on adapting tools, materials, and processes for various populations across the lifespan.
AE-387-02: Adaptive Field Experience (On-the-job placement) (1 credit)
Apply therapeutic skills in small-group or one-to-one clinical settings, and develop the ability to integrate knowledge with skills of social interaction and communication. Field experience is completed on the job with scheduled observation by your advisor; meetings with advisor are weekly and flexible to meet your needs. (Complete AE-285 first.)
A-492-01: Expressive Arts Seminar (In-person or online asynchronous option) (3 credits)
Investigate the various theories of art psychology and the relationship of the creative process to one’s professional and personal life. Integration of art, music, drama, movement, and creative writing is stressed through involvement in arts experiences designed to stimulate the creative process. (Complete AE-386 first or take concurrently.)
PSY-250H-01 or -02: Abnormal Psychology (Online asynchronous option) (3 credits)
Study the major theories, classification, significant research, and methods of treatment related to abnormal behavior. Improve your communication skills, social-interaction ability, and understanding of contemporary issues in mental health, and analyze current issues in the context of mental health from a cross-cultural perspective.
ED-368-01: Working with Diverse Populations (Evenings or online asynchronous option) (3 credits)
Prepare for the skills, competencies, and knowledge of working with students with exceptionalities. This course will examine special education law and governance, current issues in special education, disability labels, differentiation, equity and perception, and designing coherent instruction to assist in creating well-rounded, prepared teachers.
AE-481-01: Teaching in Art Therapy (On-the-job Directed Observation Practicum) (6 credits)
In this practicum experience, you will apply various art techniques, art education strategies, and therapeutic art methods within your classroom community, while becoming more proficient in organizing and managing a therapeutic art program for early childhood through young adult students.
- $350 per credit ($7,700 for 22-credit certificate)
- Please note that there may be additional fees for course materials, etc.