Our graduate degree program offers artists, educators and designers, et al., the opportunity to expand their creative boundaries, learn from accomplished faculty and prepare for professional careers in the arts. Our students benefit from an individualized and interactive learning environment in a variety of studio, lecture, seminar, internship and field experiences as they prepare for further success in their chosen field.
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (MAT) IN VISUAL ARTS (ART EDUCATION)
Art isn’t just a class – it’s a subject that can inform a child’s entire academic life and provide opportunities for life-long learning. If you have a passion for art and are committed to helping kids learn and succeed, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll complete the requirements needed for art education certification while earning a master’s degree for your career & educational advancement.
Even in your first semester, you’ll get to work in real classrooms around the greater Philadelphia area – observing, assisting and teaching art to kids in grades prek-12. You’ll have opportunities to work with traditional learners, special-needs students and English Language Learners. You’ll become proficient in design thinking to solve problems and develop solutions through assessment, evaluation and design – skills you can pass on to your students.
Through our Service Learning program, you’ll concentrate on art education for Philadelphia area special needs students, allowing you to meet Pennsylvania certification requirements while learning the strategies and adaptations necessary for special learners. You’ll also have opportunities to attend state and national workshops and conferences, exhibit in our Special Gifts Gallery, and work as instructors for K-8 students in our on site, Saturday Arts Lab. In your final semester, you’ll take part in a student teaching practicum, a 14-week placement in local schools, including seven weeks in an elementary school and seven weeks in a secondary school.