MAT – Courses

AE505 Research Seminar (1 credit)
This course provides 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 and select relevant academic quality research; and how to present information to peers in the education field.

AE510 Survey of Art Education (3 credits)
This course provides a survey of history, philosophy and research in the field of art education and how these impact art education in the public forums of schools, museums and community organizations.

AE520 Curriculum 
and Instruction 
(3 credits)
An examination of art instruction based in the larger framework of a curriculum that is not limited to art. 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.

AE530 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.

AE540 Technology in
 Art Education 
(3 credits)
This course provides the initial level candidate with 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 students’ ability to communicate with potential students, colleagues, parents and the 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.

AE550 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. Initial-level candidates will be exposed to a broad spectrum of issues with an emphasis on general knowledge and personal reflection.

AE560 Educational Psychology
 (3 credits)
The course provides the initial candidate (Transitional Licensure or MAT) with a general 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 the teaching and learning processes, especially relating to art education.

AE561 Art for the PreK – Grade 8 Student
This course focuses on developmental considerations, classroom management, assessment and appropriate practices for the child artist ages 3–13.

AE563 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. Initial candidates learn about special opportunities for the secondary classroom and how it differs from elementary level practices.

AE740 Student Teaching Internship 
(6 credits)
This course is a full-time practicum in which MAT (not Transitional Licensure) students teach in elementary and secondary schools under direct supervision of cooperating teachers. The cooperating teachers guide the students’ gradual assumption of full-time responsibilities in their role as art teachers. Students 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. Supervisors assigned by MCA make site visits to observe and critique each student’s progress.

FA601 Studio Workshop 1 (3 credits)
The workshop is self-directed study, each student conducting his or 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 or 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 or 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.

AE 750 Art Education Thesis (3 credits)
Candidates create a unified, comprehensive body of work during the capstone experience of graduate study that encompasses either research or problem solving and must be completed during the final semester. There are two components to the course of study: First is the Thesis/Action Research Project. This project should provide the initial candidate with a broader understanding of specific topics of interest that will further prepare them for a career in teaching. The thesis paper utilizing the APA style 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 further demonstrate preparedness for a career in teaching. The second component is the exhibition of creative work. These components are guided through a weekly seminar.

** Traditional MAT candidates (not Transitional Licensure candidates) are also required to complete two field experiences. These are not for credit and scheduled to meet student’s schedules with their Art Education advisor