Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program

Teacher and student artist at painting easel.

The online 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  8-week program focuses on a broad curriculum, pedagogy, and professionalization in applied community arts education. It allows dynamic artistic and cultural leaders to enhance and improve efficacy and marketability. Teaching artists will build on their own creative capital and gain insights into adapting and orienting themselves in diverse community settings.


Program Objectives

There are three core competencies that define the Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program:

  • 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.
  • Artists that are interested in ensuring keeping the inner-artist alive.
  • Preparing content/context curriculum for transition to the classroom.
  • Review the study of safe space in a community arts education setting.

Tuition & Fees

The cost for the 8-week online Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program is $995. (Employees of the City of Los Angeles must apply through the Department of Cultural Affairs.)

Financial Assistance

Because this is not an academic degree-seeking program, this program does not qualify for financial aid, grants, and scholarships. 

Program Schedule

Dates: Coming soon.

Time: Coming soon.

Instructor: Dustin Garnett, Ph.D.

Program Topics:*

  • Place, History, and Personality
  • CTA Professional Standards and Classroom Management
  • Dynamics and Development
  • Diversity and Planning Universally
  • Multigenerational Learners, Course Design and Feedback
  • Inclusivity in Community
  • Artist-Teacher Identity and Pedagogical Temperament
  • Portfolio Sharing and CTA Resources

*Topics are subject to change.

To Apply/Application Deadline

The application for the Community Teaching Artist Certificate Program is closed. Please complete this Interest Form for news and upcoming application windows.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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


For more information, please email the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) Program Office or call 323-343-4915.