Course Description

This course explores the theory, application, and strategies of teaching the visual arts for single-subject teacher candidates. Candidates identify the educational needs of students by exploring current instructional theory, national and state standards, assessment practices, aesthetic valuing, artistic perception, and historical and cultural origins that influence the arts. Candidates develop skills in adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for individual students and diverse populations. The course also emphasizes classroom management skills, including safety, and the use of technology as they relate to visual arts instruction.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is only available for enrollment to residents of California.

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Explain the components of quality arts programs or curriculum: criticism, history, production, and aesthetics. ??
  • Explain a rationale that supports visual arts in the single subject curriculum.
  • Examine how history and culture influence art.
  • Explain the contribution of art, especially in California culture, society, and economy.

Week 2

  • Identify the national and state standards in visual arts.?
  • Explain ways a teacher can discover the education needs of a diverse student population.
  • Analyze differentiating instruction for diverse students in the visual arts classroom.
  • Integrate visual arts in other content areas on a secondary level.
  • Design a lesson plan with appropriate curriculum mapping.

Week 3

  • Explain strategies for building students’ comprehension and vocabulary skills in visual arts including elements and principles of design.
  • Analyze effective motivational techniques to engage visual arts students.
  • Identify strategies to teach students how to translate thoughts, perceptions, and ideas into original works of art.
  • Develop strategies to teach students how to critically evaluate a work of art.

Week 4

  • Evaluate the characteristics of effective visual arts assessment.
  • Analyze formative and summative visual arts assessments and rubrics.
  • Construct a variety of assessments.
  • Explain how to use assessment results to reflect and adapt instruction.

Week 5

  • Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Explore various technologies and media that can be used to support visual arts instruction.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology for enhancing or creating visual arts.

Week 6

  • Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the visual arts classroom.
  • Identify opportunities for careers in art.
  • Analyze professional resources available to visual arts teachers.
  • Analyze how to stay current in visual arts education.
  • Explain effective classroom management techniques that address safety and behavior guidelines.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.


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Although our continuing education for teacher’s courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing education for teachers’ courses is not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.

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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jul 14, 2020 to Aug 24, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Graduate Tuition Education credit (3 units) $1,620.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $195.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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