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Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts: Teaching/Art Education program (36 credits) prepares students to earn an Initial Teacher License in Massachusetts, while also providing the Master’s level coursework requirements for a Professional Teaching License. This is the optimal program for students who possess a strong background in studio work and want to teach in PK-12 public or private schools, museums, social service, or community agencies.

This program leads to the following professional licenses: Educator Licensure through MTEL in MA.

*Refer the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)  or the National Education Association (NEA) for your state’s professional licensure agency contact information to determine whether MassArt’s program meets your state’s requirements for licensure. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain understanding of the relationship between studio practice and teaching
  • Apply pedagogical theory in curriculum development
  • Gain experience in classroom leadership
  • Complete required practicum towards initial licensure
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s own artwork, in one’s teaching
  • Understand teaching for diverse populations, and for diverse learning styles
  • Gain understanding of aesthetics and contemporary art theory
  • Rejuvenate studio practice
  • Complete required coursework towards professional licensure
  • Gain familiarity with contemporary media for art-making

Unique to MassArt

In addition to their coursework, students visit schools, teach in Saturday Studios, and student-teach during a semester-long practicum. While classic preparation for the Initial License mandates a minimum of 150 hours of student teaching, MassArt expects 300+ hours of classroom involvement.

The Initial Teacher License is granted by the State of Massachusetts for a single level—either Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 or Grade 5 through Grade 12. Students usually complete the full-time 36-credit MAT/AE program in four semesters, nine credits per semester (fall, spring, summer, and a second fall).