Master of Arts in Teaching Art

An alternative certification route for individuals holding undergraduate art degrees

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Art program is offered to meet the increasing demand for alternative initial certification routes of individuals already holding one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
  • Professional undergraduate education degree in art
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in visual art

Expertise within the field of art will be demonstrated through a portfolio review process. The MAT Art is a 48-credit hour program aligned with MAT programs previously established in the Bagwell College of Education. 

Unique program aspects include the following:
The MAT Art is based on the Comprehensive Arts Education model, focusing on the areas of production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.

This program is aligned with the five standards defined by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as recognized in Rule 505-3-.11 Art Education Program in the State of Georgia. The program is also aligned to the six skills areas defined by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Standards. These standards along with the Georgia Quality Core Curriculum serve as the foundation for the primary objectives of the program.

This research-oriented program will emphasize theoretical studies and research projects in art education, with at least 15 semester hours required in art education and associated research areas to meet NASAD standards. It will also emphasize the gathering and processing of cutting edge information within the field of art education as well as a focus on diversity, global awareness and creativity. 

The design of the program employs a series of practica in diverse settings, complemented by courses in which candidates will participate in reflection and dialogue, informed by their field experience and relevant research and guided by peers, mentor teachers, and faculty. Each semester of the five-semester program is designed around a theme.

  • Semester I – The Learner: Development, Psychology, and Diversity
  • Semester II – The Learner in the School: Curriculum, Assessment, and Management
  • Semester III – Teaching in Schools: Contemporary Issues in Art Education 
  • Semester IV – The Teacher as a Professional: Reflective Inquiry, Research and Presentation of Artist Portfolio
  • Semester V – Teacher as Leader: Presentation of Research and Professional Educational Portfolio
  • SUMMER I

    EDUC 6110: Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits)
    EDUC 6120: Diversity and Exceptionality (3 credits)
    ARED 7705: Contemporary Issues in Visual Arts (3 credits)
    ARED 6200: Curriculum, Assessment, & Classroom Management (3 credits)


    FALL I

    ARED 7704: Intercultural Art Education
    ARED 6250: Materials, Methods, & Management for Art Classrooms P-5 (3 credits)
    ARED 6251: Materials, Methods, & Management for Art Classrooms 6-12 (3 credits)
    ARED 7702: Inclusion in Art Education (3 credits)


    SPRING I

    ARED 7701: Special Topics in Art Education (3 credits)
    ARED 7706: Theory & Criticism in Art Education (3 credits)
    ARED 6200L: Art Education Practicum II (3 credits)


    SUMMER II

    ARED 7720: Research in Art Education (3 credits)
    ARED 7703: Technology & Computer Applications (3 credits)


    FALL II

    ARED 6300L: Art Education Practicum III (6 credits)
    (Deadline for field placement is January 30. See Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation website for application/requirements)

    ARED 7730: Art Education Portfolio (3 credits)

    TOTAL 48 CREDITS: 15 courses – 48 hours in 5 semesters

  • Summer I

    EDUC 6110 - Adolescent Development and Learning
    3 class hours | 2 lab hours | 3 credit hours
    A study of life span development (with an emphasis on adolescents and young adults) addressing social, moral, emotional, physical, cognitive, and psychological development. Theories and principles of learning and motivation are examined and related to development. A 30-hour field experience is required in this course.

    EDUC 6120 - Diversity and Exceptionality
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    This course examines the demographic changes in America’s schools that influence teaching and learning. Attention is given to assisting candidates in developing a socio-cultural consciousness and the disposition that all students. Including those with disabilities can learn complex content. Candidates engage in in-depth study of students with disabilities and their educational needs as well as the creation of culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms that support all students.

    ARED 7705 - Contemporary Issues in Visual Arts
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Historical and contemporary developments in the field of art education are presented, as a means to compose a teaching philosophy relevant to today’s art classrooms. In-depth exploration results in the integration of concepts and issues to create a comprehensive view of the field. Social, psychological, affective and psychomotor components of learning relevant to art education are a primary focus. Multicultural and inclusive content is included. Technological applications include the use of word processing, electronic portfolio development, presentation applications, and Internet research.

    ARED 6200 - Curriculum, Assessment, Classroom Management in Art Education
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Candidates will explore techniques of the Discipline Based Art Education model including art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. This online and classroom course is designed to prepare art teachers to plan and organize effective art programs and curricula, to explore innovative and exemplary art programs, and to develop a rationale and strategy for articulating and promoting a quality art program. Candidates will explore how effective use of a variety of assessment techniques to evaluate teaching and learning promotes visual literacy.

    Fall I

    ARED 7704: Intercultural Art Education
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    This course involves an exposure to art education literature that focuses on diversity issues in historical and contemporary contexts (including ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation and geography). Theories and models of contemporary art education practice are explored that strengthens the respect proper to all classroom diversities. Candidates will develop a concrete understanding of the importance of embracing an intercultural approach to art education then design culturally-based lessons on a chosen culture that will be adapted for a variety of diverse student populations.

    ARED 6250 - Materials, Methods & Management for Art Education Classrooms P-5
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Specific strategies focus on differentiating developmental, behavioral, and managerial aspects relevant to best practices in the field of art education. Focus will be on advanced concepts and applications of method and materials for P-5 art classrooms. On-line and in class work involves development and analysis of art lessons including the development of related art projects for P-5 classrooms. Candidates are expected to display advanced skills in planning, organizing, and sequencing art lessons that are developmentally appropriate.

    ARED 6251 - Materials, Methods, & Management for Art Education Classrooms 6-12
    3 Class Hours 0 | Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Specific strategies focus on differentiating developmental, behavioral, and managerial aspects relevant to best practices in the field of art education. Focus will be on advanced concepts and applications of method and materials for 6-12 art classrooms. On-line and in class work involves development and analysis of art lessons including the development of related art projects for 6-12 classrooms. Candidates are expected to display advanced skills in planning, organizing, and sequencing art lessons that are developmentally appropriate.

    ARED 7702 - Inclusion in Art Education
    2 Class Hours | 2 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Course includesin-depth coverage of diagnostic categories, historical aspects, legal issues and art applications for students with exceptionalities. In addition to on-line course work, candidates develop and implement differentiated lessons for an inclusive art classroom. Primary expectations focus on the candidate’s ability to utilize Individualized Education Plans as a means to promote the inclusion and success of all students through relevant adaptations of content, materials, and workspace. Candidates should plan to spend three hours per week in the field. Verification of Liability Insurance is required.

    Spring I

    ARED 7701 - Special Topics in Art Education
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Emerging issues in the field of art education will be explored on a semester-by-semester basis. Through the examination of historical and contemporary art forms, candidates understand how aesthetic theories allow greater understanding of the quality, nature and value of diverse works of art, cultural art forms and visual culture. Candidates comprehend how all works of art have meaning including those from literature, theatre, dance, music and other subject areas thus revealing lessons about life, its paradoxes, contradictions, harmonies, unattractiveness, and beauty.

    ARED 7706 - Theory & Criticism in Art Education
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Candidates will understand theory and criticism in art education by researching, critically reading and interpreting works of art within a historical/cultural context. Theories and models of contemporary art education practice are explored, which strengthen the respect proper to all classroom diversities. In addition to on-line course work, classroom work is required to carry out directed activities.

    ARED 6200L - Art Education Practicum II
    0 Class Hours | 9 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    This field experience is designed to provide the candidate with the opportunity to apply and reflect on concepts addressed in the pre-requisite course ARED 6200, Teaching Comprehensive Art Education. Candidates will be placed in appropriate school settings where they will carry out directed activities. Candidates will spend approximately nine hours per week in the field. Candidates must have a satisfactory practicum to continue in the MAT Art Education program without remediation. Verification of Liability Insurance is required.

    Summer II

    ARED 7720 - Research in Art Education
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Candidates examine research methodologies in art education focusing on qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs, and interpretations and applications relative to classroom practices. This advanced course is designed to prepare art teachers to effective plan and evaluate art programs and curricula, to explore innovative and exemplary art programs, to assess art learning, and to develop a rationale and strategy for articulating and promoting a quality art program. Candidates will understand how effective use of a variety of assessment techniques to evaluate teaching and learning promotes visual literacy. Topics include interactive discussion about literature critiques, professional organizations, and legal issues.

    ARED 7703 - Technology & Computer Applications
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    Candidates will focus on the identification and exploration of the use of current technologies including presentation applications, Internet research, online courseware, electronic portfolio, computer applications relating to the production of art including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs. This course will offer art education majors the discipline-specific knowledge and skills necessary to identify, develop, and deliver effective instructional and management techniques in an art classroom.

    Fall II

    ARED 6300L - Art Education Practicum III
    0 Class Hours | 18 Laboratory Hours | 6 Credit Hours
    This course is the capstone experience for the Master of Arts of Teaching Art. Candidates will analyze how visual art teachers become creative choice-makers, reflective practitioners, and researchers forming curricular and instructional methods and strategies based on effective and efficient use of contemporary, intellectual and pedagogical resources. A teaching portfolio will be initiated on-line, focusing on strategies appropriate to educational connoisseurship. Emphasis will be placed on an extended internship in the art classroom. An exit portfolio will highlight the candidate's success as an educator of all art disciplines, thus illustrating the important career choice actualized by the intern. This course serves as a capstone experience toward initial certification in art education. Candidates should plan to spend 18 hours per week in the classroom. Verification of Liability of Insurance is required.

    ARED 7730 - Art Education Portfolio
    3 Class Hours | 0 Laboratory Hours | 3 Credit Hours
    This course is the capstone experience for the MAT. Candidates work independently under the supervision of the course instructor and the portfolio committee. The purpose of constructing the portfolio is to implement a systematic, reflection-in action approach to the candidate’s development as an art expert, facilitator of learning, and a collaborative professional. The portfolio documents this process as well as the candidate’s development as a teacher-researcher through the presentation and analysis of the research project. Technology utilized in this course may include imaging, online course environments, presentation applications, and electric portfolio development.

  • Content

    The portfolio is composed of photographic images of your artwork. A total of twenty still images and/or moving images should be submitted. The MAT Art degree is based on the Comprehensive Arts Education model, focusing on the areas of production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. The program is also aligned with the five standards defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as recognized in Rule 505-3-.11 Art Education Program in the State of Georgia. Thus, the portfolio should reflect art competencies in various media including but not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, computer images, models, mechanical drawings, or any other art work.


    Format

    Portfolios should be submitted as Powerpoint files. The file name should be the candidate’s name, last name first (“Smith Jane.ppt”). Images should be of high enough resolution to be crisp and clear. Poor image quality will negatively affect the evaluation of your portfolio. Standard 4x3 page setup is preferred, and background color should be black. Any moving images should use a commonly available player and be embedded in the Powerpoint file and should be no longer than two minutes.

    All submissions must be on a CD or DVD that is Macintosh-readable. Disks should be sent in paper sleeves with your name legibly printed on the disks, the sleeves, and the envelope. If you would like your CDs or DVDs returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Portfolios without self-addressed, stamped envelopes will be held for 1 year after notification. If still unclaimed, the portfolio will be discarded.

    Labeling

    Each Powerpoint “slide” should be labeled at the bottom or left side in white 12-point Arial with the following information. Do NOT include your name with the individual images.

    • Title (titles are italicized, not put in quotation marks) 
    • Dimensions (height, width--and depth for 3-D works) 
    • Medium (only if the medium of the original work is photography should it be listed as such)
    • Year work was made

    Examples:

    Untitled Figure Study 
    18” X 24” 
    Charcoal on newsprint 
    2007 

    Montana Plains 
    8” X 10” 
    Photography--film negative, digital print 
    2006

    Untitled 
    10’ X 8’ X 12’ 
    Sculptural installation--steel, wire screen, & electronics 
    2006

    Working with Time 
    24” X 36” 
    Digital media—Photoshop, Illustrator (screen capture) 
    2006

    Glass Bottle Study 
    16” X 20”
    Oil on canvas
    2006

    Anna Goodwin 
    12” X 16” 
    Pencil on paper 
    2007.

    Evaluation Criteria

    The portfolio review committee has determined that the following criteria be used to review portfolios:

    • Composition – Emphasis, focal point, eye movement, and balance
    • Craftsmanship – Basic fine motor skill and attention to detail
    • Conceptual Inventiveness – Effort to communicate and creativity

    Each of these criteria will be assigned a value from the list below by the faculty reviewer:

    • Excellent – roughly equivalent to an A (4.0) grade
    • Good – roughly equivalent to a B (3.0) grade
    • Adequate – roughly equivalent to a C (2.0) grade
    • Weak – roughly equivalent to a D (1.0) grade
    • None – used if evidence of criteria is not evident or applicable

    The Art Education Admission Committee will use this information in making the final decision regarding whether an applicant will be accepted as a MAT Art candidate.

 

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