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Art Education

Teacher Preparation Program

Our Teacher Preparation Program is for students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in studio art seeking initial licensure as art teachers.

The Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) is a part-time, 24 undergraduate-credit, post baccalaureate certificate program. It is intended for students with a strong undergraduate background in studio art or those who hold a Master’s degree in art or education, have an active studio practice, and who seek initial licensure as PK-12 art teachers.

TPP coursework focuses on pedagogical theory, and pre-practicum and practicum fieldwork experiences. Students usually complete the program in three semesters and part of a summer. Graduates who have entered the program with a Master’s in art or education may, after three years of teaching on the initial teaching license, apply for a Massachusetts professional teaching license without further coursework.

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Saturday Studios

TPP students have the opportunity to teach in MassArt’s Saturday Studios program, designing art classes for students in grades 3- 12.

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The Saturday Studios program gives student teachers a unique chance to gain classroom experience before they move on to complete the final piece of their post-baccalaureate program, the student teacher practicum.

While preparation for the initial license mandates a student teaching practicum, the Art Education faculty believe that students profit from additional experience, and requires significant time in the classroom for Teacher Preparation Program candidates.

TPP Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Teacher Preparation Program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following 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 and in one’s teaching
  • Understand teaching for diverse populations, and for diverse learning styles
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