Nationally recognized for its successful approach to preparing art education professionals, MICA’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program focuses on the notion that teaching is an art in itself and that the best art teacher is a practicing, accomplished artist. In the MAT program, housed in MICA’s Center for Art Education, students develop mastery as artists and teachers simultaneously through intensive study in both pedagogical theory and practice. Through this process, teachers successfully integrate personal artistry with the skill and understanding to direct the art making of others.
The four-semester residency, directed by art educators Matthew Sutherlin, Ph.D. and Shyla Rao, Ed.D., consists of 53-64 credits of graduate education and liberal arts courses, internships and student teaching, and independent studio work; a state-mandated six credits in the teaching of reading are integrated into curriculum. The program is a Maryland State Approved Program for art teacher certification in grades preK-12. All students take national teacher exams (Praxis exams) and passing scores, as set by the state of Maryland, are required for completion of the program and degree. Maryland maintains reciprocity with 39 other states, which allows for easy transfer of certification.
Following initial classes that examine the role of art education in the schools and in child and adolescent development, students move on to develop teaching strategies, original research, and the practical teaching tools necessary for the profession. In addition to art education coursework, a graduate level studio thesis exhibition is required. Along the way, students work closely with others in the program’s community of students, renowned faculty, and visiting artists and art educators. Center for Art Education faculty have collectively earned state, regional, and national recognition.
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