National Residency Teaching Artist Credential



Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s National Residency Teaching Artist Credential (TAC) articulates what effective, high quality teaching artistry looks like in K-12 school-based residencies, and formally endorses exceptional teaching artists who embody excellence in four competency areas: Artistry, Instruction, Planning & Preparation, and Community.

​The program recognizes seasoned teaching artists at a national level for their previous training, and experience and skill in implementing school-based residencies. The credential also offers less experienced teaching artists a practical pathway to advance toward excellence. Additionally, this nationally-recognized credential validates teaching artistry as a field, and advances arts-in-education by providing quality assurance for schools, promoting collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists, and, above all, ensuring successful learning outcomes for students.



Please download the 2020 Call for Applications for detailed eligibility and application requirements. The 2020 application cycle is open to teaching artists working with an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, who have experience designing and implementing school-based residency programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the application requirements closely, and begin preparing both parts of the application as early as possible. 


Get Started

Download 2020 Call for Applications

For detailed eligibility and application requirements, instructions, and deadlines 


To request your 2020 applicant account and enroll in the application round


Application Timeline

July 15, 2019

2020 Application Cycle Opens

Nov. 15, 2019
Extended: Dec 1, 2019

Intent to Apply Deadline

Jan. 15, 2020

Application Deadline

Feb. 17, 2020

Notification of Credential Status


Technical Assistance Opportunities

Sept. 4*, 18; Oct. 9, 2019
5:00-6:30 p.m. ET

Live Application Orientation Webinars

Sept. 11, 2019
5:00-6:30 p.m. ET

Video Documentation Webinar

Sept. 25, 2019
5:00-6:30 p.m. ET

Documentation & Exemplar Library Webinar

 *The September 4th Application Orientation Webinar has been canceled. 


If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact Susan Oetgen, TAC Project Director, at

National Residency Teaching Artist Credential Program