Art Education

Program Type
Undergraduate Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate
Mode of Study
In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Credit hours

25 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as few as 4 semesters. Explore program requirements


Rolling admissions. Begin program in fall, spring, or summer. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Complete the requirements for State of Maine PreK-12 Art Teacher Certification in a program designed for those already holding a bachelor’s degree.
  • Accelerate a career change with the only art education certification pathway offered in the state.
  • Enjoy a low student-teacher ratio, mentorship, and peer learning from dedicated and attentive faculty, who are all practicing artists and art teachers.
  • Gain real-world experience through a practicum, student teaching, and our student-run ArtLab program.
  • Study with a cohort of fellow certificate students and BFA students.
  • Take advantage of studio spaces for printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing, design, bookmaking, photography, a state-of-the-art digital lab, and simulated art education classroom.
An art education student works with PK-12 students during the ArtLab in an art studio, while holding a ceramic piece.

Program requirements

The art education certificate program offers a professional course of study in art education leading to PreK-12 teaching certification in Maine. You’ll gain hands-on experience through a practicum, student teaching, and preparing a teaching portfolio.

A group of students, faculty, and parents talk with each other at an art exhibition opening in the USM Art Gallery.

Enjoy a sense of community

You’ll benefit from individualized mentorship, low student-teacher ratio, and peer learning from dedicated and attentive faculty, who are practicing artists and experienced teaching artists.

An art exhibition includes a picnic setting made of fabric, with a fabric rain cloud and rain drops hanging from the ceiling, and two people standing in the background.

Creativity in practice

The USM Art Gallery is known for its rich blend of contemporary art exhibitions, lectures, events, and Artist-in-Residence community projects. In addition, our gallery regularly showcases art students’ multidisciplinary projects in a range of media.

Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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