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Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1 Program (BFA/MAT)

My studies have been really helpful in not only giving me training in pedagogy and being an educator, but also solidifying my practice as an artist and designer.
- Jeremy Dupont '18 BFA/MAT Art Education

The BFA/MAT qualifies MassArt BFA students who are not Art Education majors to apply for the Massachusetts initial teaching license. After three years of teaching with the initial teaching license, graduates may apply for a Massachusetts professional teaching license without further coursework. 

MassArt BFA students who are not majors in Art Education may apply for the BFA/MAT in the Spring term of their senior year after completing three required undergraduate courses in Art Education. Accepted candidates begin their graduate work in the summer that immediately follows their BFA graduation.

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 

  • Appreciate the role of art practice at the center of quality art teaching and art learning, and and reinvigorate and enhance studio practices as members of the field of practicing, contemporary artists
  • Apply art learning and teaching skills and attitudes in curriculum development, instruction, and assessment
  • Refine their studio practices as contemporary artists;
  • Understand the critical contexts of art education through lenses of the contemporary, the historical, and social justice
  • Understand and participate in presentation practices (professional practice) and out-of-classroom roles as educational leaders within and beyond their schools and districts

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