Course Descriptions

Art Education

ED 5200 Intro Teaching Art in Schools

Part seminar discussion and part site visits, this course serves as an investigation into the art of teaching and learning. Through careful observation in elementary and secondary art classrooms, you will become familiar with the teaching of art, the current educational climate in PreK-12 school settings, and the breadth of learning contexts and learners that exist in order to make sense of observed instructional practices and think critically about what you see. The course is based upon the assumption that the more fully you understand yourself, your learners, and the content and process of instruction, the better equipped you are to make your own decisions regarding what, how, and why you teach. You will thus be asked to regard teaching itself not just as a profession, but also as an art. In addition, you will be asked to find ways to help your artist-self, and your teacher-self, to coexist. This course, therefore, will incorporate a variety of reflective practices including but not limited to (art) making, reading, writing, mindful deep listening and observing, visualizations and reflective intention setting. Earned B or better in ED 5200 Intro Teaching Art in Schools is required for advancement in BFA/MAT.

ED 5202 Art and Human Development

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 the 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 the ways in which the visual arts can facilitate growth and transformational learning in PreK-12 settings. Earned B or better in ED 5202 Art and Human Development is required for advancement in BFA/MAT.

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in ED 5200, or permission from Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education

ED 5206 Foundations of Education

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 purpose of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge and overview of the history of education and art education from about 1800-1990, becoming familiar with some research methodologies and processes, and developing an aptitude for historical and visual inquiry. 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 (art) 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 will 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/or international education approaches on current instructional developments. Students research historical figures in education, make presentations, follow media coverage of educational issues, and investigate and report on selected issues. Moreover, students identify the interface between the larger field of education and art education. Earned B or better in ED 5206 is required for advancement to ED 5520.

MAT Graduate students only

ED 5304 Visual Thinking Media, PreK-12

Translating art education theory into practice, this course centers on studio practice with materials and media appropriate for use with children and adolescents in the schools. The course provides prospective art teachers with skills, methods, insight and confidence for developing visual thinking through student artistic expression. From studio explorations, class discussions, examination of young people’s artwork in various media, journal reflection, and readings prospective teachers create a studio teaching archive of research, experimentation, curriculum ideas, prototypes, safety notes, procedural and implementation applications, and artist exemplars for media used in school settings. Earned B or better in ED 5304 required for advancement to ED 5520.

MAT Graduate students only

ED 5305 Developing Critical Literacies

This course will promote alignment and expedited feedback ensuring the candidates grow and flourish in teaching literacy as the root of the arts. Students will gain necessary hands-on experience to activate their creativity in order to integrate art and core content across disciplines. Students will be exploring the tools and resources teachers need to support developing readers. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education standards for Literacy in the Content Area – Part I.

MAT Graduate students, or permission from Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education

ED 5305 Critical Respnse Art K-12

This course deals with classroom applications of critical response to promote art appreciation for k-12 children. Critical processes and concepts from the fields of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics are studied for their potential relationship to studio practice and the needs of the child. Students explore diverse strategies too develop visual literacy and critical thinking through multiple modes of learning about works of art. Course methods include readings, writing papers, seminar discussions, museum pedagogy, classroom research, and studio approaches. Requires approval of Art Ed. Chair or Coordinator. Fulfils undergraduate Literature elective requirement for Art Education students only. Includes travel to museum. One weekend day required.

MAT students only (Undergraduate and Graduate)

ED 5306 Methods and Strategies for Tea

A methods course focused on strategies used in teaching Visual Art, PreK-12, this seminar involves the search of one’s own studio investigations for metaphors and themes, which then become the focus of the construction of units of study. Students develop unit materials including: research on art and 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 and academic language, and different ways of knowing and thinking in art. Class meetings involve studio investigations, presentations, discussions, and group work.

MAT Graduate students, or permission from Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education

ED 5306S Strategies Teaching Art K-12

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 (Undergraduate and Graduate)

ED 5307 Intro. to Special Education

This course focuses on the nature and intent of the laws which govern educational practice in regard to exceptional learners. Students will gain insights into the special needs and learning profiles of exceptional populations. The course nurtures students’ learning on a variety of instructional strategies and helps them to develop art experiences that enable learners with special needs to fully participate in a visual arts program. Earned B or better in ED 5307 is required for advancement in BFA/MAT.

MAT Graduate students, or permission from Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education

ED 5308 Internship I - Field Work

Serving as a gateway into the Internship experience, the emphasis of this course is based on further developing and extending the tools and strategies learned in previous courses, grounding theory and knowledge in practical field application within the art classroom. This course, in concert with seminar sessions, provides students with foundational experience in conceptualizing, planning, implementing and assessing art experiences for young people. To this end, students will conceptualize, develop and teach segments of lessons, culminating in the teaching of one complete solo/pair lesson. Earned B or better in ED 5308 is required for advancement in BFA/MAT.

MAT Graduate students, or permission from Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education

ED 5308S Teaching Internship I, Seminar

Serving as a gateway into the Internship experience, the emphasis of this course is based on further developing and extending the tools and strategies learned in previous courses, grounding theory and knowledge in practical field application within the art classroom. This course, in concert with a practicum experience in an art classroom, provides students with foundational experience in conceptualizing, planning, implementing and assessing art experiences for young people. To this end, students will conceptualize, develop and teach segments of lessons, culminating in the teaching of one complete solo/pair lesson. Earned B or better in ED 5308S is required for advancement in BFA/ MAT.

MAT Graduate students, or permission from Coordinator for Undergraduate Art Education

ED 5309 Intrnshp II: Stdnt Tchg Pt I

This course is taken in conjunction with ED 5309S. Field work days count toward the Maryland State Department of Education requirement of 100 days of student teaching. Students in this course develop unit and lesson plans with the guidance of a mentor teacher and teach in Baltimore area PreK-12 schools. Earned B or better in ED 5309 is required for advancement to ED 5520.

MAT Graduate students only Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment required in ED 5309S

ED 5309S Int II Sem: Lit Intgr Vis Art

This course is taken in conjunction with Internship II: Student Teaching, Part I and it prepares students to teach interdisciplinary lessons and units. Interdisciplinary teaching makes connections between the visual arts and other content areas through the exploration of big ideas, themes, concepts, and essential questions with the goal of fostering deeper and more integrative learning. A theoretical overview of curriculum design, as well as engaging with school-wide curriculum will establish the developmental context in which interdisciplinary connections can be made. Reading and working sessions will support the planning of interdisciplinary units/lessons. Special emphasis is given to learning theories related to developing various “literacies” in the visual arts curriculum. A requirement of the course is to include language development activities as important components of instruction. Students will continue their development as teachers during their field-based practice that requires collaboration, research, planning, implementation, and assessment. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education standards for Literacy in the Content Area – Part II. Earned B or better in ED 5309S is required for advancement to ED 5520.

MAT Graduate students only Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in ED 5309 required

ED 5310 Educational Theory in Arts

This course integrates key concepts and skills required to implement art instruction in the PreK-12 art classroom from the perspectives of scientific research in educational psychology, qualitative research, and aesthetic theory in the arts. Topics include: Methods for engaging students in critical and creative thinking and problem solving, developing student-centered strategies of instruction, socio-cultural diversity, management and motivational strategies; a holistic look at developmental characteristics and needs of learners, behavioral and cognitive approaches, characteristics of effective teachers, assessment tools and processes, and grounded theory of educational psychologists. Earned B or better in ED 5310 is required for advancement to ED 5520.

MAT Graduate students only

ED 5315A Tchr Assessment: edTPA - Pt I

In the course Teacher Performance Assessment: edTPA Part I - students will participate in weekly modules to learn about and complete a practice edTPA. edTPA is a national performance-based, subject-specific assessment that focuses on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment and mandated by the Maryland State Department of Education as part of approved teacher preparation programs. As part of this course, teacher candidates learn to prepare a portfolio of materials and create unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom during their student teaching clinical experiences. This course supports the development of the full edTPA that must be completed and submitted in the spring semester. Earned “Pass” in ED 5315A is required for advancement to ED 5315B.

MAT Graduate students only

ED 5315B Tchr Assessment: edTPA - Pt II

In the course Teacher Performance Assessment: edTPA Part II - Students will participate in weekly modules to prepare, complete, and submit a full edTPA for national scoring. edTPA is a national performance-based, subject-specific assessment that focuses on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment and mandated by the Maryland State Department of Education as part of approved teacher preparation programs. As part of this course, teacher candidates learn to prepare a portfolio of materials and create unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom during their student teaching clinical experiences. This course supports the development of the full edTPA that must be completed and submitted in the spring semester. In order to pass this course, you must successfully pass all 3 parts of the externally scored national exam and also receive a passing score on the Praxis II Exam - #5135 Art: Content & Analysis. A $300 course fee is required for edTPA National scoring.

MAT Graduate students only Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in ED 5520 required

ED 5510 MAT Graduate Seminar

This course is 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 artist-teachers 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. Earned B or better in ED 5510 is required for advancement to ED 5520.

MAT Graduate students only

ED 5520 Intrnshp III: Stdnt Tchg Pt II

This course is a full-time practicum experience in which MICA student teachers teach in Baltimore area elementary and secondary schools under the direct supervision of mentor teachers. The mentor teachers in the schools will guide the students’ gradual assumption of the full-time responsibilities of their role as art teachers. A MAT faculty member supervises the student-teacher in both of his/her/their placements. Supervisors will support student teachers with lesson planning and will conduct a minimum of six observations throughout the semester. All observations will include a pre-conference, written standards-based feedback, self-reflection from the student teacher, and a post-conference meeting. MAT supervisors will provide evaluative feedback with each observation and at the end of each placement. Student teachers will also receive daily, mid-term, and final feedback from their mentor teacher at each placement. Field work days count toward the Maryland State Department of Education requirement of 100 days of student teaching.

MAT Graduate students only Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in ED 5521 required

ED 5521 MAT Professional Seminar

MAT Professional Seminar course sessions focus on the needs and concerns of the student teacher in the practicum setting. This course meets once per week and provides student teachers with important information for developing professional skills for success in their future teaching practice. Sessions cover issues as they emerge in practice including developing management strategies, coping with limitations, understanding how to work within the educational community, developing creative instructional strategies, and the procedures involved in developing professional artifacts, honing interview knowledge and skills, and finding employment in the profession. This course emphasizes reflective practice and focuses on supporting pre-service teachers develop skills informed by reflection and action in response to what they learn. The course includes presentations by the students in which they share the work done during their student teaching with peers, mentor teachers, friends, family, and art supervisors and culminates in the development of a capstone Professional Teaching Portfolio. A $300 course fee is required for edTPA National scoring.

MAT Graduate students only Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in ED 5520 required

ED 5522 Professional Practice I

Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in a professional sphere. This a workshop-based course offered on a recurring cycle. Students will annually review and update their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their particular needs. Possible professional practice sessions offered: grant writing, photography of folios/presentation of work, writing artist (statement, teaching philosophy, about art), fellowships/awards available to artists, curatorial practice, residencies (national, international, art law, taxes for artists).

ED 5524 Professional Practice II

Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in a professional sphere. This a workshop-based course offered on a recurring cycle. Students will annually review and update their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their particular needs. Possible professional practice sessions offered: grant writing, photography of folios/presentation of work, writing artist (statement, teaching philosophy, about art), fellowships/awards available to artists, curatorial practice, residencies (national, international, art law, taxes for artists). Required of all MFA in Studio Art students.

ED 5541 Technology for Artists

Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in an increasingly demanding arena. This is a workshop-based course consisting of various elements of technological application for studio-based artists offered on a demand-based cycle. Students will annually review and updated their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their plan. Possible professional practice sessions offered: lighting and display work, exhibition presentation techniques and practices, equipment preparation for exhibitions, working with sound, video editing and production, welding, basic wood shop techniques, creating a website, and examining templates.

ED 5542 Technology for Artists II

Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in an increasingly demanding arena. This is a workshop-based course consisting of various elements of technological application for studio-based artists offered on a demand-based cycle. Students will annually review and updated their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their plan. Possible professional practice sessions offered: lighting and display work, exhibition presentation techniques and practices, equipment preparation for exhibitions, working with sound, video editing and production, welding, basic wood shop techniques, creating a website, and examining templates.

ED 5553 Arts Based Research

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)

ED 6522 Professional Practice III

Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in a professional sphere. This a workshop-based course offered on a recurring cycle. Students will annually review and update their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their particular needs. Possible professional practice sessions offered: grant writing, photography of folios/presentation of work, writing artist (statement, teaching philosophy, about art), fellowships/awards available to artists, curatorial practice, residencies (national, international, art law, taxes for artists). Required of all MFA in Studio Art students.

ED 6541 Technology for Artists III

Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in an increasingly demanding arena. This is a workshop-based course consisting of various elements of technological application for studio-based artists offered on a demand-based cycle. Students will annually review and updated their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their plan. Possible professional practice sessions offered: lighting and display work, exhibition presentation techniques and practices, equipment preparation for exhibitions, working with sound, video editing and production, welding, basic wood shop techniques, creating a website, and examining templates. Required of all MFA in Studio Art students.