Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom Series

Online Self-Paced , Independent Study

Bring Art Back into the Classroom

The Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom Series courses are designed to give K-12 educators a knowledge base and appreciation for the visual arts.  Budget cuts, the intense focus on standardized testing, and the concentrated attention to Math, Science, and English Language Arts have minimized art inclusion in the classroom. This series promotes 21st Century learning skills that promote enhancing creativity, increasing self-confidence, promoting collaboration, and offers alternative ways in assessing learning. These courses prepare educators with the confidence and practice to infuse strategies into curriculum, no matter what level of artistic talent. Courses cover a variety of topics including elements of art, art history, artist styles, and specific art mediums. Choose the area that interests you and begin your creative exploration!

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in One or More

Course Date Units Price
Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom – Printmaking without a Press: Block Printing [EDU-X743K] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Chad Ritzer

Through the experience, students will explore the Common Core and ways that these standards can be integrated into printmaking lessons

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom – Elements of Art for the K-5 Classroom [EDU-X737L] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $376
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom – Elements of Art for the K-5 Classroom is a 3-unit independent study course for teachers

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom: Non-Western Art for the K-12 Classroom [EDU-X797L] See Course Options 3 $376
See Course Options
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

Independent Study 3-Unit Art Course for Educators wanting to incorporate art into the 21st Century Classroom

Art, Development, and Identity for Educators [EDU-X768L] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $376
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

Art and Identity Development for Educators is a 3-unit independent study course for teachers regarding teacher wellness

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Learning Method Information

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Independent Study

Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:

  • Working professionals with tight schedules
  • Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements
  • Students living in remote locations
  • Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness
  • Students who are self-motivated and conscientious


Enroll in one or more courses in this series.

You can expect the following from these Independent Study Self-Paced courses:

You can expect the following from the Online Self-Paced courses in this series:

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

These courses are intended for Grade K-12 teachers looking to foster a deeper appreciation for art, and instill the same in their students, while making Common Core State Standards connections. Visual art educators and non-visual art educators will benefit from these courses.

Benefits of USD’s Infusing Art in the 21st century series


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Employment opportunities in the education field — including adult education — are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, adult learning institutions and programs are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your teaching skill set all the more important. By growing your expertise in a wide variety of educational concepts, you will broaden your career prospects and become a valuable asset in any learning environment.

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What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
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You have five years to complete the certificate.

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Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

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