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MA in Teaching Curriculum (2013-14)

Requirements for the MA in Teaching: Fall, Year One
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Intro to Teaching Art in Schools ED 5202 3
Art and Human Development ED 5200 3
MAT Studio Thesis ED 5590 6
Requirements for the MA in Teaching: Spring, Year One
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Critical Response to Art, PreK-12 ED 5305 3
Strategies for Teaching Art, PreK-12 ED 5306 3
Introduction to Special Education ED 5307 3
Teaching Internship I ED 5308 3
Requirements for the MA in Teaching: Fall, Year Two
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Visual Thinking in Media, PreK-12 ED 5304 3
Foundations of Education ED 5206 3
Educational Theory: Teaching and Learning in the Arts
ED 5310 3
Teaching Internship II ED 5309 6
MAT Graduate Seminar ED 5510 1
Requirements for the MA in Teaching: Spring, Year Two
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Teaching Internship III - Student Teaching ED 5520 12
Pro Seminar ED 5521 1

Total Credits for the MA in Teaching: 53

 

Milestones for the MAT Program

  1. GPA: All graduate coursework must be completed with a B or better, which assumes a 3.0 or better GPA each semester.
  2. Praxis I: Praxis I: MAT students must pass Praxis I by the beginning of their first semester.
    Note: Completion of Praxis I is not a requirement to submit an application to the program. (Click here for Federal Reporting)
  3. Praxis II: MAT students must pass the Praxis II exams (Art Content and Art Theory and Criticism) by the end of their first semester. (Click here for Federal Reporting)
  4. Criminal Background Check: MAT students must pass the criminal background by the end of their first year in the program.
  5. Award of MAT Degree: All coursework must be completed and passing scores on the required Praxis exams must be submitted prior award of the degree.

 

    Course Descriptions

    Art and Human Development

    ED 5200

    3 credits

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    Offered fall, spring. This course considers the role of art in human development. In the broadest sense the course considers why human beings make and respond to art, and the multiple ends arts can serve. In more specific ways, the course explores specific theories that shed light on the relationship between art and child/adolescent development and considers ways in which the visual arts can facilitate growth and transformational learning in K-12 settings. The course requires reflections on one's own development in art; field experiences in local schools and some observations on Saturdays in MICA's Young Peoples' Studios; construction of a practical guide to child and adolescent development useful for teaching K-12; and investigation of a related issue of personal interest. Prerequisite: B or better in ED 5202 or Corequisite: 5202. A grade of a B or better in ED 5200 is required for advancement to ED 5305 and ED 5306. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Introduction to Teaching Art in the Schools

    ED 5202

    3 credits

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    Offered fall, spring. Equal parts seminar and site visits, this course serves as an investigation into the art of teaching. Students are taken into the art classrooms of elementary and secondary schools in the Greater Baltimore area. Sites are selected to expose students to the diverse situations and settings in which art instruction and learning occur. MICA students are asked to make observations focused on the school setting, teacher, and students, along with the process and content of the lesson. Seminar discussions serve to direct students to make meaning of the observations and the relationship between what was seen. The course, through reading, writing, discussions, and presentations, is intended to form and inform the students' beliefs and maturing philosophy of teaching. Prerequisites: A grade of a B or better in ED 5202 is required for advancement to ED 5305 and ED 5306. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Foundations of Education

    ED 5206

    3 credits

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    Offered fall. Participants in this course examine the philosophies, historical movements, government influence, administrative logistics, social issues, curriculum foundations, reform movements and their influence on today's American public education. Throughout this process participants develop and refine their personal philosophies of education with the intent of making them the basis of their teaching portfolio and practice. Students address government, financial, and legal issues that impact educational practice. In addition, they explore the potential effects of contemporary and social concerns as well as curriculum reform proposals and international education approaches on current instructional developments. Moreover, they identify the interface between the larger field of education and art education. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5305 and ED 5306. A grade of B or better in ED 5206 is required for advancement to ED 5520. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Visual Thinking Through Media, PreK-12

    ED 5304

    3 credits

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    Offered fall. Translating art education theory into practice, this course centers on studio practice with materials and media appropriate for use with children in the schools. It also explores ways in which art history, criticism, aesthetics, social studies, science, and language arts can be integrated into a studio-based curriculum. As prospective art teachers, students acquire skills, methods and confidence for developing visual thinking through artistic expression. Course methods include active visual inquiry needed for the development of a visual thinking process journal, readings, writing, and discussions, as well as research and planning exploration necessary for presenting an extended studio-based exploration. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5305 and ED 5306. A grade of B or better in ED 5304 is required for advancement to ED 5520. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Critical Response to Art, PreK-12

    ED 5305

    3 credits

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    Offered spring. Prospective art teachers explore and apply multiple ways to engage others with works of art, the burgeoning visual culture, and emerging digital visual culture. The course involves interaction with a variety of texts including readings, writings, seminar discussions, museum work, navigating the Internet, virtual worlds, research, and studio approaches. Through this interaction, prospective teachers develop strategies for engaging K-12 students in complex critical dialogue pertaining to art, artifacts, technology, literacy, globalization, and meaning/making from the context of culture(s) in flux. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5200 and ED 5202. Corequisite: ED 5306. A grade of a B or better ED 5305 is required for BFA/MAT students' advancement to ED 5308. This course fulfills a BFA/MAT Theory requirement. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Strategies for Teaching Art, PreK-12

    ED 5306

    3 credits

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    Offered spring. A methods course focused on strategies used in teaching and making art K-12, this seminar involves the search of one's own studio investigations for metaphors and themes, which then become the focus of a semester-long construction of a unit of study. Students develop unit materials including reproductions of artworks, research on artists, formation of an elegant problem, experimentation with materials, creation of a prototype, design of instructional supports, assessment process and criteria, and a written unit plan. As a result, students select and apply a variety of strategies for exploring form and materials, developing symbolic language, and different ways of knowing and thinking in art. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5200 and ED 5202. Corequisite: ED 5305. A grade of a B or better in ED 5306 is required for BFA/MAT students' advancement to ED 535508. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Introduction to Special Education

    ED 5307

    3 credits

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    Offered spring. An introduction to the nature and behavioral characteristics of all types of exceptional learners. The historical background of special education, as well as current developments and issues, are examined. Strategies for adapting art concepts and materials to the special needs of the learner are explored. The course includes seminars, guest presenters, field experiences and a research project. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5200 and ED 5202. A grade of a B or better in ED 5307 is required for advancement in the program. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Teaching Internship I

    ED 5308

    3 credits

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    Offered spring. This course, in concert with a practicum experience in an art classroom, provides students with a foundational experience in conceptualizing, planning, implementing and assessing art experiences for young people as part of MICA's Young People's Studio (YPS) or art classes in public schools. Serving as a gateway into the Internship experience, the emphasis of this course is based in further developing and extending the tools and strategies learned in previous courses, grounding theory and knowledge in practical field application within the art classroom. To this end, students will conceptualize, develop and teach segments of lessons, culminating in the teaching of one complete solo lesson near the end of the semester. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5305 and ED 5306. Documented success in ED 5308 and the graduate director's approval are required to continue into the MAT program. Students taking the course for graduate credit are required to prepare an article for publication based upon their experience. A grade of B or better in this course is required for advancement to ED 5309. Students responsible for travel to school sites. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Teaching Internship II

    ED 5309

    6 credits

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    Offered fall. In this second internship, students will engage in teaching standards-based interdisciplinary lessons and units in K-8 settings, primarily in urban schools. The course combines classroom-based instruction on campus with observations and teaching in the schools. Interdisciplinary teaching makes connections between the visual arts and other content areas through the exploration of large ideas, themes, metaphors, and concepts with the goal of fostering deeper and more integrative learning. A holistic overview of the K-8 curriculum including scope, sequence, and diagnostic tools will establish the developmental context in which interdisciplinary connections can be made. Readings and working sessions will be used to plan and implement interdisciplinary units to be taught in non-arts classrooms. Special emphasis will be given to theory and practice related to teaching reading and writing. Students will continue their development as teachers through field-based practice that requires collaboration, research, planning, implementation, and assessment. Course includes clinical supervision from faculty mentors and peer group collaboration. Prerequisites: ED 5308 with a grade of B or better. A grade of a B or better in ED 5309 is required for advancement to ED 5520. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students. Students are responsible for their own transportation to school sites.

    Educational Theory: Teaching and Learning in the Arts

    ED 5310

    3 credits

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    Offered fall. Integrates key concepts and skills required to implement art instruction in the K-12 art classroom from the perspectives of scientific research in educational psychology, qualitative research, and aesthetic theory in the arts. Topics include: a holistic look at developmental characteristics and needs of learners; strategies to engage students in critical and creative thinking and problem solving; behavioral, cognitive, social cognitive approaches and teaching; strategies for developing student-centered strategies of instruction; socio-cultural diversity; management strategies; motivational strategies; characteristics of effective teachers; assessment tools and processes; and grounded theory of educational psychologists. This course supports the practices of Internship II. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5305 and ED 5306. A grade of B or better in ED 5310 is required for advancement to ED 5520. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    MAT Graduate Seminar

    ED 5510

    1 credit

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    Offered fall. Consists of a series of sessions that focus on specific topics and issues dealing with theory and practice in art education. Presenters include MICA faculty members, renowned contributors to the field, and practicing art teachers and supervisors who have particular expertise in specific aspects of art education. Students read art education articles and research studies related to a topic of their choice and present to their peers. Prerequisites: B or better in ED 5305 and ED 5306. A grade of B or better ED 5510 is required for advancement to ED 5520. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Teaching Internship III: Student Teaching

    ED 5520

    12 credits

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    Offered spring. A full-time practicum in which students teach in the elementary and secondary schools under the direct supervision of cooperating teachers. The cooperating teachers in the schools will guide the students' gradual assumption of the full-time responsibilities of their role as art teachers. College supervisors make site visits to observe, monitor, and evaluate interns' progress. Prerequisites: Completion of all other MAT requirements, including passing scores for the State of Maryland on Praxis I and II prior to student teaching; exceptions require the permission of the graduate director. Corequisite: ED 5521. Students are responsible for their own transportation to school sites. A grade of B or better in ED 5520 is required for program completion. Required for all MAT students.

    MAT Studio Thesis

    FA 5590/5591

    6 credits

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    MICA Studio Faculty. Offered summer, fall, spring. Requires the development of a new body of work that either extends undergraduate investigations or seeks a new direction. Work is done under the advisement of a studio mentor and culminates in a thesis exhibition. For BFA/MAT students, the work is usually completed during the initial summer of the graduate year with credits appearing on fall and spring transcripts. For two-year MAT students, the studio work is typically completed independently during the first year. Thesis shows are held annually early in the fall and spring semesters. Substitution with MICA summer programs or alternative advanced electives requires the permission of the MAT graduate director. A grade of B or better in FA 5590/5591 is required for program/degree completion. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

    Pro Seminar

    ED 5521

    1 credit

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    Offered spring. Focuses on the needs and concerns of student teachers covering issues as they emerge in practice: the need for disciplinary strategies, coping with limitations, understanding how to work within the educational community, developing creative teaching strategies, completing applications for employment, interviewing for positions, and securing recommendations. Students complete a professional teaching portfolio and engage in mock interviews with school personnel. The course concludes with the Student Teacher Showcase, in which students share the work their students have done under their instruction. Peers, department faculty, cooperating teachers, friends and families, and area supervisors are invited to attend. Prerequisite: Approval of the MAT graduate director. Corequisite: 5520. Passing scores on any outstanding Praxis exams is required for a passing grade. A grade of B or better in ED 5521 is required for program/degree completion. Required for all MAT students.

    Related Information

    1. MAT Prerequisites

      • 3 Credits Drawing
      • 3 Credits Life Drawing (Working from nude models)
      • 3 Credits Photography
      • 3 Credits Printmaking
      • 3 Credits 2-Dimensional Design (a Graphic Design course would count)
      • 3 Credits 3-Dimensional Design
      • 3 Credits Sculpture
      • 3 Credits Ceramics
      • 3 Credits Painting
      • Computing course (or proven computer knowledge)
      • 3-6 Credits Survey to Art History Course
      • 3 Credits Modern Art History Course
      • 3 Credits Non-Western Art History Course

      *In order to fulfill requirements for the Maryland Teaching Certificate, MAT graduates need to complete the following courses (or their equivalents). It is suggested that applicants have completed most, if not all, of the required courses prior to admission in the MAT program. Applicants with questions about their individual qualifications for admission may contact MAT Co-Director, Shyla Rao, Ed.D. at matdirector@mica.edu.