Introductory courses set the stage for thinking about the role of art education in the schools and in the development of children and adolescents. Subsequent coursework focuses on the development of teaching strategies and professional knowledge and skills. Two internships precede full-time student teaching in preK–12 settings. Professional knowledge, dispositions, behaviors, and skills build over time as students move from observing and assisting to micro-teaching in teams, gradually assuming the full role of the teacher.
In addition to art education coursework, a graduate-level studio thesis exhibition is required. During the final phase of the program students complete job applications, develop interviewing skills, and assemble professional portfolios. The culminating event of the program is the Student Teacher Showcase, where accomplishments are evaluated by a visiting critic and presented to peers, family, and friends.
Planning ahead is a major key to successfully combining a studio major, academic requirements, art education courses, and any areas of interest, such as technology or art history, into a five-year time sequence. The BFA/MAT program can work with any undergraduate major, although it works best with those that provide some flexibility in choosing electives. Because courses are sequenced and offered in designated semesters, the program usually takes transfer students longer to complete.