MAT Visual Arts Education

CURRICULUM: MAT IN VISUAL ARTS & SAMPLE SCHEDULE

With an emphasis on the history, theory and practice of art + design education, as well as hands-on experience in the classroom, service learning opportunities, teaching special education and English Language Learners, the MAT in Visual Arts program prepares students for the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach art in grades K-12. 

The MAT in Visual Arts is a 42-credit degree-granting program. Students can complete the coursework in two years. Coursework includes professional education classes, advanced studio work, liberal arts study, and a student teaching practicum. There is no thesis requirement for this program, but students must complete the Instructional II PRAXIS tests with satisfactory scores before state certification 
is granted.

Pre-Requisites/Co-Requisites
(Required outside the degree for PA Certification. Credits may be taken concurrently while pursuing MAT)
• Art History (12-credits of Art History are needed)
• Psychology
• Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
• Aesthetics (may be satisfied by AEDU 543 Aesthetics & Art Criticism)
• Speech or Acting (may be satisfied by AEDU 200 Presentation Skills)
• Professional Writing Proficiency Exam

• 50 studio credits including the following: Upper Level Two & Three Dimensional Studio

• Drawing
• Painting
• Printmaking
• Ceramics
• Sculpture
• Photography
• Computer Technology

Fall credits:
• AEDU 201 Introduction to Visual Arts Education, 2 credits Co-Requisite
A theoretical and practical introduction to the entire field of art education with an emphasis on studio processes. A survey of various aspects of teaching in a variety of situations and environments, through field observations and classroom lectures/discussions, including public and private schools K-12, as well as specialized and alternative settings in museum education, early childhood education, ELLʼs & special education.

• AEDU 543 Aesthetics & Art Criticism,
 3 credits Co-Requisite
This course is designed to develop skills, techniques, and strategies for integrating developmentally appropriate aesthetics and art criticism activities in the K-12 classroom. Using prevailing theories of learning, teaching, and child development, students will design puzzle cases, activities, and curricula that promote the philosophical investigation and interpretation of art and aesthetic objects.

• AEDU 200 Presentation Skills, 1 credit Co-Requisite
This course addresses effective speech and presentation skills for the teacher, artist, and administrator communicating with groups, classes, or clients.

• AEDU 509 – Professional Writing Intensive, 2 credits Co-Requisite
This course is required for students entering all art education programs (pre-certification, MAT, MA) who have not passed the Art Education Department writing proficiency exam. It addresses the use of effective and cogent written communication for the teacher, artist, and administrator to classes, groups, or clients.
*AEDU 509 is required of students who do not pass the Art Education Department Writing Proficiency Exam. The exam must be taken and passed with a score of 80 percent or higher in the first semester of enrollment. The course does not fulfill any credit requirements for the MA. If a student must take AEDU 509, his/her semester will include a total of 14 credits.

• AEDU 501 – Creative and Cognitive Development, 3 credits
This course is designed to develop skills in recognizing the developmental stages of children, adolescents, and adults according to the theories of Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, Viktor Lowenfeld, and Erick Erickson. In addition, the course explores the learning theories of Jerome Bruner, B.F. Skinner, Howard Gardner, Madeline Hunter, and Bernice McCarthy toward understanding individual differences in creative and cognitive development and learning styles.
Priority enrollment to Art Education majors and concentrations.

 AEDU 541 – Program Design & Methods: Elementary, 3 credits
Through review of current literature, lectures, discussion, field observation, and mini-teaching, students explore various educational philosophies and develop and implement effective classroom curricula based on prevailing theories of learning and child development. Topics include management issues; interdisciplinary content and teaching of art; evaluation and assessment of teaching and learning; and the integration of digital technology.
Prerequisites AEDU*201
Priority enrollment to Art Education majors and concentrations.

• AEDU 510 – Service Learning, 1–3 credits
Through placements in a public, private, or other institutional setting serving special education students and/or ELL (English Language Learners), students observe, plan, and teach art lessons with guidance and supervision by an assigned mentor. The course enables pre-practicum (student teaching) students to extend their knowledge and skills into the classroom, to address genuine community needs, and to develop a sense of social justice and civic responsibility. Open to Art Education majors only

Spring credits:
• AEDU 533 – Art and Inclusionary Education, 3 credits
This course is designed to provide the full scope of methodologies, techniques and innovative strategies needed to teach special education students effectively. Using the arts as a means for adapting to diverse learning methods, the K-12 classroom is regarded as a dynamic setting for inclusionary learning. The impact of special needs art education is further realized through direct school and community engagement; programs and national as well as local organizations, are made available to assist in developing field placements. Arranged field placement opportunities include a broad range of community resources.
Priority enrollment to Art Education majors and concentrations.

• AEDU 542 – Program Design & Methods: Secondary, 3 credits
Students in this course will explore current educational “”best practices”” in the field of secondary art education. Focus areas for learning will include curriculum development, lesson planning, classroom leadership, collaborative learning, student assessment, learning environments, materials ordering, and time budgeting. Class structure includes weekly outside reading assignments, group discussions, methods demonstrations, studio production activities, reflective writing, and field observation. Includes 3 hours field work (8 weeks).
Prerequisites AEDU*541 or AEDU*560
Open to Art Education majors and concentrations only.

• AEDU 602 – History of Ideas in Art and Museum Education, 3 credits
Seminar on major issues and trends in the history of art and museum education, with an emphasis on child-centered and content-centered theories and the theoretical antecedents of Discipline-Based Art Education, the Visual Culture movement, and standards-based education.

• AEDU 510 – Service Learning, 1–3 credits

• AEDU 625 – Interactive Technology, 3 credits

This course acquaints students with existing technology and media available for instruction to art and museum educators. Students learn to design and create interactive multimedia projects using a variety of multimedia authoring tools.

Fall credits:
• AEDU 503 – The Art of Teaching, 3 credits
Teacher preparation and knowledge of instructional techniques will be addressed, including professional image, teachers’ rights and responsibilities, and aspects of group process. The course explores cultural and family factors that influence learning expectations conveyed by teachers and peer behavior and techniques of instruction and creativity. A retrospective analysis of each student’s individual education experience and perceptions of teaching is explored through interactive simulation of classroom situations and teaching styles.

• AEDU 532 – Meeting Needs of ELL Learners, 3 credits
This 15-week course will address the issues and complexities regarding the cultural, educational, and linguistic background of ELL’s. Application to standards-based instruction aligned with alernative assessments will be explored as well as gaining knowledge of ELL program development as stated by Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Curricular (BEC) documents for ELL’s. Legal responsibilites will be addressed as states by the Office of Civil Rights as a way to keep students informed of the rights of ELL’s.

• AEDU 560 – Saturday Practicum, 3 credits
Students are involved in various aspects of the Saturday Arts Lab. They observe classroom instruction, plan and teach lessons, and exhibit student work under the supervision of cooperating master teachers and through the instruction of a professor in the seminar portion of the course. Field work(10 weeks).
Open to Art Education majors and concentrations only.

• AEDU 606 – Research in Education: Methods and Trends, 3 credits
A graduate education seminar on principal approaches to research for art and museum education. The course examines types of research, applications and recent studies for their methodologies and findings, grant writing, and assessment techniques.

• AEDU 510 – Service Learning, 1–3 credits

Spring credits: 
• AEDU 561 – Student Teaching: Elementary, 4 credits
An intensive, elementary-level field experience built around a seven-week student teaching internship, under the guidance and supervision of a highly qualified art teacher/mentor. It is intended to provide practical experience in which the intern assumes professional-level responsibilities and experiences in teaching art at the elementary level. A University supervisor observes, advises, facilitates the relationship between the mentor and intern, and assesses the student during the internship. AEDU 561 is taken concurrently with AEDU 565. (If students elect to take AEDU 561 one semester and AEDU 562 another semester, AEDU 565 must be taken both semesters.)
Prerequisites AEDU*533, AEDU*541, AEDU*542, and AEDU*560. Open to Art Education majors and concentrations only.

• AEDU 562 – Student Teaching: Secondary, 4 credits
An intensive, secondary-level field experience built around a seven-week student teaching internship, under the guidance and supervision of a highly qualified art teacher/mentor. It is intended to provide practical experience in which the intern assumes professional-level responsibilities and experiences in teaching art at the elementary level. A University supervisor observes, advises, facilitates the relationship between the mentor and intern, and assesses the student during the internship. AEDU 562 is taken concurrently with AEDU 565. (If students elect to take AEDU 562 one semester and AEDU 561 another semester, AEDU 565 must be taken both semesters.)
Prerequisites AEDU*533, AEDU*541, AEDU*542, and AEDU*560. Open to Art Education majors and concentrations only.

• AEDU 565 – Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary/Secondary, 1 credit
Discussion and analysis of: field experiences; special workshops; Literacy: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum: Professional Teaching Portfolios; One-Year Curriculums for an Elementary and a Secondary Grade. Continuing development and refinement of skills in reflective practice is emphasized as well as the needs of special learners. AEDU 565 is taken concurrently with AEDU 561 and AEDU 562. (If students elect to take AEDU 561 and AEDU 562 over two semesters, AEDU 565 Student Teaching Seminar must be taken both semesters.)
Prerequisites AEDU*533, AEDU*541, AEDU*542, and AEDU*560. Open to Art Education majors and concentrations only.

The two field placements may be taken over two semesters. If this option is elected, the full 15-week seminar that accompanies the field placement must be taken both semesters.

MAT IN VISUAL ARTS: SAMPLE SCHEDULE

The table below describes a typical schedule for students completing their MAT in Visual Arts in four semesters. For a detailed description of classes click here.

Semester 1: 13-15 credits
Introduction to Visual Arts Education, 2 credits
Presentation Skills, 1 credits
Creative & Cognitive Development, 3 credits
Program Design and Methods: Elementary, 3 credits
Service Learning–Community Based Art Internship, 1 credit
Professional Writing Intensive, 2 credits
Aesthetics & Art Criticism, 3 credits

Semester 2: 13 credits
Art & Inclusionary Methods, 3 credits
Program Design and Methods: Secondary, 3 credits
Service Learning–Community Based Art Internship, 1 credits
Interactive Media, 3 credits
History of Ideas in Art & Museum Education, 3 credits
Semester 3: 13 credits
The Art of Teaching, 3 credits
Saturday Practicum, 3 credits
Service Learning, 1 credit
Research in Art & Museum Education, 3 credits
ELL (English Language Learners), 3 credits

Semester 4: 9 credits
Student Teaching: Elementary, 4 credits
Student Teaching: Secondary, 4 credits
Student Teaching Seminar, 1 credit

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