Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program

artist paint brushes laying on palate of bright paints

Alternative instruction will continue for Spring 2021 semester. Students should remain in communication with their instructors and follow their instructions. 


This course was a well designed, pragmatic, and timely addition to my personal ongoing professional development. -- Former CTA Student

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 program focuses on a broad curriculum, pedagogy, and professionalization in applied community arts education. It allows dynamic artistic and cultural leaders enhanced and improved efficacy and marketability. Teaching artists will build on their own creative capital and gain insights into adapting and orienting themselves in diverse community settings. The program application information is below.

Program Objectives

  • Cross-Cultural Connection and Communication: Understanding the culture of community and its diversity.
  • Classroom Management: Demonstrating knowledge of best practices at community art 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

Financial Assistance may be available for employees of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs or through the Economic and Workforce Development Department. Eligibility will be determined after applications close. Additional information will be available to applicants that are accepted into the program.

Course Schedule & Topics

Coming soon.

To Apply/Application Deadline

Please complete our CTA Interest Form. You will be notified of upcoming application periods and news.

Non-Discrimination 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 [email protected] | 323.343.4915.