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MAT Teaching Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits
ED5200 Art and Human Development 3.00 credits
This course offers an examination of art and human development viewed through the development of drawing and visual symbolic language. Topics include the roots of the visual arts in infancy, the study of children’s drawings, the role of multiple drawing strategies in the development of visual symbolic language, and the influence of factors such as culture, psychology, mental growth, and overall development. A research project takes the class into a local school to conduct drawing research with learners from pre-kindergarten through grade 8. Findings are reported in oral reports, displays, and a class document. The course includes visits to see how drawing is taught in both comprehensive and specialized high schools. Students develop a researcher’s journal, recording and synthesizing the content of the course. The class is conducted seminar style and includes the opportunity to teach drawing lessons in collaboration with one or more peers.

Prerequsiste: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in ED 5202.

ED5200S Art and Human Development 1.50 credits
An examination of young people’s art production viewed through the development of visual expression in a variety of 2D and 3D media. Topics include the roots of the visual arts in early childhood, the study of young people’s drawings, paintings, and three-dimensional constructions, the role of multiple art making strategies in the development of visual symbolic language, and developmental and cultural differences. The course combines readings on artistic development research and theory with pedagogical models for teaching. Ongoing qualitative research projects take the class into local schools to study, through observations and interviews, the art making practices of learners from kindergarten through secondary levels. The course focuses on artistic development in grades preK-8. Requirement for entering summer MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

MAT Students Only

ED5202 Intro Teaching Art In Schools 3.00 credits
This seminar takes the student into the classrooms of elementary and secondary schools in the Greater Baltimore area. Students look at the art of teaching in observing, critiquing, and evaluating the educational environment, the act of teaching, and the relationship between instruction and learning. Travel to school sites required.

ED5202S Intro Teaching Art in Schools 1.50 credits
1.5 credits. Equal parts seminar and site visits, this course serves as an investigation into the art of teaching in urban contexts. Students are taken into the art classrooms of elementary and middle schools and programs in Baltimore City. Sites are selected to expose students to the diverse situations and settings in which art instruction and learning occurs. Participants are asked to make observations focused on the school setting, teacher, and students, along with analyzing the process and content of lessons. The course—through reading, writing, discussions, and presentations—is intended to form and inform the students’ beliefs and maturing philosophies of teaching. The course focuses on teaching and learning in grades preK-8. Requirement for incoming summer MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

MAT Students Only

ED5206 Foundations of Education 3.00 credits
3 credits. Ungaretti. Offered fall. This survey of historical and philosophical roots of the American educational system is designed to give the future teacher of art a broad picture of the profession. The course addresses governmental, financial, and legal issues that impact educational practice as well as the potential effects of contemporary social concerns and curriculum reform proposals. Students research historical figures in education, make presentations, follow media coverage of educational issues, and investigate and report on selected issues. The class is conducted as a seminar. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5206 Foundations of Education 3.00 credits
This course surveys the historical and philosophical roots ot the American educational system. It addresses governmental, financial, and legal issues which impart on educational practice. Additionally it explores the potential effects of contemporary and social concerns and curriculum reform proposals on current instructional development and the role of the arts in schools. Requires approval of Art Ed. Chair or Coordinator. Seminar class. 3 credits. Instructor: Ungaretti, Carroll. Term: Fall.

MAT Students Only

ED5304 Visual Thinking Media K-12 3.00 credits
3 credits. Munday. 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 journal, readings, writing, and discussions, as well as research and planning necessary for presenting a media workshop.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5304 Visual Thinkng Media K-12 3.00 credits
Translating art education theory into practise, this course centers on studio practise with materials and media appropriate for use with students 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-centered curriculum. Requires the approval of Art Ed. Chair or coordinator. seminar class. 3 credits. Instructor: Sandell. Term: Fall.

MAT Students Only

ED5305 Developing Critical Literacies 3.00 credits
Developing Critical Literacies is a course that will include "real time" learning experiences. Students will be learning in an actual Urban Classroom setting and exploring the tools and resources teachers have to support struggling readers. This course will promote alignment and expedited feedback that would ensure the candidates grow and flourish in teaching literacy as the root of the arts. They would also gain the necessary hands on experience to activate their creativity that’s desperately needed to integrate art and core content across disciplines. This course is approved by Maryland State Department of Education as meeting Literacy Standards.Developing Critical Literacies is a required course for all MAT students and is an open elective for all undergraduate and graduate students.

ED5305S Critical Response Art K-12 1.50 credits
1.5 credits. In this course prospective art teachers explore and apply multiple ways to engage others with works of art and the burgeoning visual culture. From readings, writings, seminar discussions, museum work, navigating the Internet, research, and studio approaches, prospective teachers develop strategies for K-12 students to expand knowledge about art and artifacts, develop visual literacy and critical thinking skills. The course focuses on developing instructional strategies for learners in grades K-8. Requirement for entering summer MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

MAT Students Only

ED5306 Strategies Teaching Art K-12 3.00 credits
A methods course focused on strategies used in teaching 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 teaching visuals, assessment process and criteria, and a written unit plan with ideas for adapting the unit to different grade levels. 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. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students. Prerequisite: ED 5202.

MAT Students Only

ED5306S Strategies Teaching Art K-12 1.50 credits
1.5 credits. Participants in this P-12 methods course explore strategies for building a sense of community in the classroom, identify sources for meaningful engagement with art, and learn about strategies that deepen engagement from guest speakers. One’s own studio expertise is translated into teaching expertise through the semester-long construction of a unit of study. Students develop unit materials including research on art works and artists, form an elegant problem, experiment with materials, create prototype(s), design teaching visuals, project assessment processes and criteria, and write a unit plan with ideas for adapting the unit to different grade levels. Requirement for entering summer MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

MAT Students Only

ED5307 Intro. to Special Education 3.00 credits
This course is 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 class is part seminar and part laboratory for experimenting with materials and processes. Required for all BFA/MAT and MAT students.

MAT Students Only

ED5307S Intro. to Special Education 1.50 credits
1.5 credits. This course is 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. Focus is on learners in elementary and middle school settings. Requirement for entering summer MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

MAT Students Only

ED5308 Teaching Internship I 2.00 credits
This seminar is the first practicum experience in planning, teaching, and assessing art instruction in a classroom setting. Students work with experienced art teachers in public schools or in MICA’s Young People’s Studios to develop and implement art experiences for children. Students write lesson plans and sequence learning experiences appropriate to the nature of the course content and the instructional needs of students. Evaluation of student achievement and effectiveness of instructional practices are part of ongoing assessment procedures. Taken concurrently with Internship I seminar. Prerequisites: ED 5200 and ED 2502, Grade B or better in ED 5306 and ED 5305, and approval of art education chair or coordinator. Travel to school sites required.

ED5308S Teaching Internship I Seminar 1.00 credit
Seminar section of Teaching Internship I.

MAT Students Only

ED5309 Intern 2:Arts Integrtion MCCRS 3.00 credits
This course includes a second practicum experience that requires students to take on the role of teacher in presenting art instruction in a public school setting. Students work with educators from different disciplines to observe, plan, and implement art experiences that build upon, complement, and reinforce concepts from the content area. They apply appropriate strategies to maintain a positive, safe, and aesthetic learning environment. Course time commitment may include up to two full days a week. Prerequisites: Internship I with grade of B or better Travel to sites required. Team instruction with individual supervision of teaching.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5309S Teaching Internship II Seminar 3.00 credits
Seminar section of Teaching Internship II.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5310 Educational Theory 3.00 credits
This lecture/seminar course is an introduction to the curricular choices and decisions that teachers are called upon to make. Topics include the role of psychology in educational theory and practice; the characteristics and needs of learners, the identification of goals, objectives, and content for instruction; strategies to engage students in critical and creative thinking and problem solving; assessment tools and processes; management strategies; and characteristics of effective teachers. Students learn how to use formats and language for writing lesson plans, unit plans, and course outlines. Throughout the course, the research that informs educational theory and practice is examined. Students are required to do at least one observation in area schools. This course is taken concurrently with Internship II. Requires approval of the art education chair or coordinator.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5509 Teaching Internship II 6.00 credits
This Course is a practicum experience which requires students to take on role of teacher in presenting art instruction in a public school setting. students work with practicing educators to observe, plan, and implement art experiences that build upon, complement and reinforce concepts from other content areas. They will apply appropriate strategies to create and maintain a positive, safe, and aesthetic learning environment. successful completion of this internship with a B or better is a prerequisite for student teaching. Requires approval of Art Ed. Chair or Coordinator. Travel to school sites required. 3 credits. Instructor: Stephen, Gaither. Term: Fall.

ED5510 MAT Graduate Seminar 1.00 credit
1 credit. Jones with guest lecturers. Offered fall. This course is a special topics seminar with faculty and guest lecturers and workshops. Required for all MAT graduate students. Requires approval of graduate director.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5520 Student Teaching K-12 12.00 credits
12 credits. Johnson, Jones, Hafeli, Staff. Offered fall, spring. This course is a full time practicum in which students teach in elementary and secondary schools under direct supervision of cooperating teachers. The cooperating teachers guide students’ gradual assumption of full-time responsibilities in their role as art teachers. Supervisors, assigned by the College, make site visits to observe and critique each student’s progress. Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in ED 5309 and completion of all MAT requirements. Requires approval of graduate director. Travel to school sites required.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5521 Pro Seminar 1.00 credit
1 credit. Staff, Jones. Offered fall, spring. This is a professional seminar focusing on the needs and concerns of student teachers. It covers 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, finding employment and completing applications, interviewing for positions, and securing recommendations. 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. Requires approval of the graduate director.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

ED5527 Philosophy & Pedagogy I 1.00 credit
An Introduction to the issues in Contemporary post-secondary studio art education. Extensive readings. Credit earned after the completion of a letter of introduction and short presentation focused on an issues relevant to the students professional/personal goals.

ED5533 Philosophy and Pedagogy 3.00 credits
Seminar in the College Teaching of Art for M.F.A. candidates 3 credits in Graduate Critical Studies What are the artistic behaviors of contemporary artists? How do today's young people experience learning? And how do we construct new pedagogical paradigms-postmodern, multi-narrative-that reflect what we know of artists and learners in the 21st century? This seminar course is designed to provide graduate students who wish to become teachers and leaders in the field of post-secondary visual arts education a better understanding of the open questions that exist within contemporary studio art education. It is highly recommended that seminar participants engage in a Graduate Teaching Internship in the Foundation program simultaneously with taking this course so that the intersections of theory and practice might be more richly explored. This course is divided into six integrated parts, each of which will contain opportunities to conduct action research based on the teaching internship experience, conversations with guest faculty, selected readings from a bibliography, and components for the Professional Teaching Portfolio. This integrated design will allow graduate students to become familiar with a variety of contextual factors that are woven into the learning of art at the college level, including artist-teacher narratives, postmodern theory, adolescent and adult development, creativity theory, and pedagogical paradigms. These explorations will provide a background for students to reflect on-and look critically at-their own experiences as practicing artists, students of studio art, teaching interns in undergraduate courses. This course is highly recommended for those undertaking Graduate Teaching Internships. The course satisfies one requirement of the Certificate Program in the College Teaching of Art.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

ED5537 Philosophy & Pedagogy II 1.00 credit
A close examination of current research and theory concerning the development of identity and artistry in adults and adolescents. Extensive readings will lead to a proposed action research project. Credit is earned after the presentation of the action research and he completion of a syllabus and course materials for one course.

ED5538 Urban Teaching Seminar 1.00 credit
Taken concurrently with internship in Baltimore city Title I Schools, the Urban Teaching Seminar focuses on theory and practice in urban art education contexts. The course is designed for participants to reflect on and analyze their own experiences and observations as interns, as mediated by consideration of specific topics and issues dealing with learners in high-needs urban schools. Relevant readings, discussion, and presentations on selected topics are the primary instructional activities of the seminar. Requirement for MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

ED5547 Philosophy & Pedagogy III 1.00 credit
An exploration of ways of knowing, with special focus on theories of teaching and learning. Extensive readings will lead to a Statement of Philosophy. Credit is earned after the submission of a Statement of Teaching Philosophy; the completion of a second set of course materials (syllabus, assignments, etc.); and submission of the fully integrated professional quality Teaching Portfolio.

ED5553 Arts Based Research 3.00 credits
This course explores visual and artistic research methodologies and methods from fields such as: anthropology, geography, ethnography, critical sociology, film, media, visual and performing arts, and education.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

ED5611 Issues in Contemp Art & Art Ed 1.50 credits
1.5 credits This seminar course is an examination of themes, issues, theories, and practices found in contemporary art and art education. Participants attend and critically respond to on-site presentations given by visiting artists, critics, educators, and theorists. Through selected readings, reflective and analytical writing, and discussion, the course is a forum for conversation and debate about current thought in art practice and teaching, and the application of contemporary trends in both particular and diverse teaching contexts. Requirement for incoming summer MAT students who are participating in the Graduate Educational Internship (GEI) program, a joint partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA’s MAT Program.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

ED5654 MFA ED Prof. Seminar 1.00 credit

ED6524 MFA Ed Professional Seminar IV 1.00 credit
1 credit per year. Carroll, Gaither. Offered summer. This seminar course provides three options for research. The first option focuses on issues of pedagogy related to the college teaching of art; the second focuses on pedagogy related to the K-12 teaching of art; and the third option examines the various aspects of a career of an exhibiting artist. The work in the course includes peer presentations and assigned research and reflective writings, and extends over the course of an academic year. Required of all MFA in Studio Art students.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

FA5590 MAT Studio Thesis I 3.00-6.00 credits
3 – 6 credits. Staff. Offered summer, fall, spring. This is a graduate level studio independent requiring 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 two-year MAT students, the studio work is typically completed independently during the sthird semester. Thesis shows are held annually early in the fall and spring semesters. Required for all MAT students. Substitution with MICA summer programs or alternative advanced electives requires the permission of the art education graduate director.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only

FA5591 MAT Studio Thesis II 3.00-6.00 credits
3 – 6 credits. Staff. Offered summer, fall, spring. This is a graduate level studio independent requiring 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 two-year MAT students, the studio work is typically completed independently during the sthird semester. Thesis shows are held annually early in the fall and spring semesters. Required for all MAT students. Substitution with MICA summer programs or alternative advanced electives requires the permission of the art education graduate director.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students only