MAArtEd Courses

AE605 Graduate Research Seminar (1 credit)
This course provides the advanced MAArtEd candidate with an introduction to the research, writing and presentation skills necessary for participation in graduate Art Education coursework. Students will be introduced to the American Psychological Association (APA) writing guidelines; how to evaluate, select and apply advanced academic quality research to professional practice; and how to present information to peers and professionals in the education field.

AE610 Survey of Art Education (3 credits)
This course provides the advanced MAArtEd candidate with a survey of history, philosophy, theories and research in the field of art education and how these impact art education in the public forums of schools, museums and community organizations. Candidates will develop and apply skills in advocacy and leadership.

AE620 Curriculum
 and Instruction (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of resources and pedagogical methods for teaching visual culture in elementary and secondary public schools taking into account local, state and national standards. Students develop age-appropriate curricula and practice including lesson and unit planning, instructional strategies and assessment procedures. Advanced candidates focus on assessment and reflection of curriculum needs in their individual teaching settings and within the field. *This course is an elective MAARTED.

AE630 Strategies for Teaching Art (3 credits)
History, theory and practice in art education are reviewed with a focus on specific strategies for making and teaching art. Current developments in studio practice and education methodologies are presented and discussed along with aesthetics, criticism, history and visual culture.

AE640 Technology in
 Art Education (3 credits)
This course offers a hands-on exploration of interactive digital and electronic technologies. Applications for teaching art are reviewed. Students will attain competence with respect to the formatting and presentation of alphanumeric data and imagery. The technical skills acquired and analytical methods employed will enhance the advanced candidate’s ability to communicate with their own students, colleagues, parents and community. The following software applications are covered: Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Picasa image editing software and Atomic Learning. Internet research strategies and the use of institutionally based email services will also be discussed.

AE650 Art Education for Diverse Populations (3 credits)
Methods and strategies for adapting art lessons and curriculum for students from diverse backgrounds will be reviewed. Topics include race, ethnicity and culture, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation and other factors related to diversity in schools. Advanced-level candidates will reflect on how these issues impact their current teaching practices and research strategies to enact change.

AE660 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
The course provides a study of human development and psychology, including theories of cognition, social learning, information processing, motivation and strategies to engage students in critical and creative thinking and problem solving as they apply to teaching and learning processes, especially relating to art education. *This course is an elective for advanced candidates and not recommended for those who took recent comparable coursework at the UG level.

AE661 Art for the Pre-K – Grade 8 Student (3 credits)
This course focuses on developmental considerations, classroom management, advanced assessment techniques and appropriate practices for the child artist ages 3–13. Advanced candidates collaborate with initial level candidates in regard to mentoring, usable practices and strategies while further developing a deeper understanding of student needs and abilities. *This course is an elective for advanced candidates.

AE663 Arts for the Secondary Student (3 credits)
This course focuses on developmental considerations and appropriate practices for the adolescent artist ages 14–19 with an emphasis on studio practices and contemporary and visual culture. Advanced candidates collaborate with initial level candidates in regard to mentoring, usable practices and strategies while developing a deeper understanding of student needs, abilities, assessment and college preparation. *This course is an elective for advanced candidates.

FA601 Studio Workshop 1 (3 credits)
The workshop is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the art-making process under the guidance of a faculty advisor and guest artists/critics to enhance artistic skills.

FA602 Studio Workshop 2 (3 credits)
The workshop is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the art-making process under the guidance of a faculty advisor and guest artists/critics to enhance artistic skills.

FA603 Studio Workshop 3 (3 credits)
The workshop is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the art-making process under the guidance of a faculty advisor and guest artists/critics to enhance artistic skills.

Art History Elective (3 credits)
Students choose an art history elective from MCA’s Art History catalog courses 300 or higher.

AE755 Art Education Thesis (3 credits)
The MA Thesis is a unified, comprehensive body of work produced by the MAArtEd candidate during the capstone experience of graduate study that encompasses research and problem solving and must be completed during the final semester. Advanced candidates are typically expected to complete an Action Research Project that will impact their current classroom practice with research and findings reported. The project utilizes the APA Manual, describes and clarifies the student’s work in the context of art and art education, including philosophy, methods, media, sources and influences. Candidate portfolios should demonstrate their work as an art leader and advocate. The second component is the exhibition of creative work. These components are guided through a weekly seminar.