Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program

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Due to the Los Angeles County public health emergency regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), all Cal State LA Downtown in-person classes that can be shifted online will be moved online for Spring Semester or current term. Please check your email box for updates from PaGE staff and/or instructors. Stay up-to-date with Cal State LA Health Watch. In addition, if your class is transitioning to online delivery, please review Cal State LA’s IT Resources for Remote Access here.


Program Description

Offered by Cal State LA and in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Community Teaching Artist Certificate (CTA) program provides a theoretical and practical foundation from which teaching artists can assess and deepen their own practice in the communities they serve. The CTA Certificate program focuses on a broad curriculum, pedagogy and professionalization in applied community arts education, allowing dynamic artistic and cultural leaders enhanced and improved efficacy and marketability. In addition, teaching artists will build on their own creative capital and gain insights into adapting and orienting themselves in diverse community settings.The CTA Certificate program is in a hybrid format. Program application information is below.

If you would like to receive news and information/application dates for the CTA Certificate program, please complete and submit an interest form here.

Program Objectives

  • Cross Cultural Connection and Communication: Understanding the culture of community and its diversity.
  • Classroom Management: Demonstrating knowledge of best practices at community arts sites, and developing teaching and learning goals for participants/students.
  • Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Understanding that community arts education is the endeavor of helping people to optimize their creativity in a calm and nurturing environment to ensure students are empowered to make choices, and develop confidence and competence.

Who Should Enroll?

The Community Teaching Artist Certificate program is ideal for:
  • Artists engaged or interested in teaching in community settings such as schools, parks and recreation locations, senior citizen centers, medical and health centers, and special needs facilities, among others.

Tuition & Fees

The total cost for the 8-week/40 hour Community Teaching Artist Certificate program is $995.

Financial Assistance

There currently is no financial assistance for the CTA Certificate program.

Course Schedule

Coming soon.

Course Descriptions

Coming soon.

To Apply/Application Deadline

Please complete the Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program Application here (coming soon). In addition, you will need to include the following two (2) documents, in PDF format, as part of your application. Please email the two documents together to Cal State LA's College of Professional and Global Engagement (coming soon). In the subject line please specify "CTA Program." Your application will not be reviewed without the following documents:

  • Biography (150 words maximum)
  • Statement of Commitment (200 words maximum): Describe your commitment to participate and contribute to the course, and what you hope to gain through this advancement program. NOTE: Applicant's enrollment offer will be based on this statement.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email.

Non-Descrimination Policy

Please read Cal State LA's Non-Discrimination Policy here.


For more information, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) Program Office at: | 323.343.4915.