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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.

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

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).

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