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.



The deadline for applicants to indicate their Intent To Apply for the TAC in the 2020 application cycle was December 1, 2019. For teaching artists who have completed the Intent to Apply requirements and have been cleared to apply for TAC consideration in 2020,  all application and portfolio materials must be uploaded and submitted through the 2020 TAC Application by January 15, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET. 

For detailed application requirements, instructions, and deadlines, please:

Download 2020 Call for Applications


2020 Application Timeline

July 15, 2019

2020 Application Cycle Opens

Dec 1, 2019

Intent to Apply Deadline

Jan. 15, 2020

Application Deadline

Feb. 17, 2020

Notification of Credential Status


The 2021 application cycle will open in Summer 2020. Details will be posted to



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

National Residency Teaching Artist Credential Program