The Master of Art Education (MAE) program is dedicated to increasing your capacity to question issues related to teaching, thinking, learning, and producing in and through the visual arts. The program serves many interests and career goals. It provides educational opportunities for both experienced professionals and novices in art education and related fields.
The program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer Initial and Professional Licensure.
For those who already have an initial license offers flexible selections between research and practice orientations.
The program is structured to address the broadly conceived themes of human development and creative expression, curriculum and leadership, and community partnerships. Courses in art education, aesthetics/art history/criticism, and studio are enriched by unique experiences embedded in praxis. Toward the goal of advancing the reform of education through the arts, the graduate program requires all students to demonstrate off-site Partnership and Action Research Experiences. A written thesis and presentation and oral defense are requirements for graduation.
For those seeking first-time post-baccalaureate initial licensure concurrently with the MAE degree:
Graduate studies are tailored to individual interests and career goals. The MAE program provides the necessary experience, whether the objective is to teach in public or private schools or community settings—such as day care centers, hospitals, welfare agencies, museums, alternative schools, geriatric centers, or vocational rehabilitation centers. Opportunities for supervised fieldwork exist in each of these areas.
For those whose objective is to teach in public schools, the program provides theoretical and practical experience. Graduates may earn their post-baccalaureate initial license through the MAE Post Baccalaureate, and the professional license through the MAE program. This is in compliance with Massachusetts state licensure requirements.
The MAE program offers a sequence of practical, theoretical, and studio-based experiences through which students build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence as arts educators. Interstate recognition makes art teacher course work earned at UMass Dartmouth reciprocally valid in many other states. The program also emphasizes professional development and lifelong learning for teachers who already hold teaching licenses in the arts or related fields.
The overarching learning outcomes for this program of study were developed to meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) standards, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Art Education Association (NAEA).
The MAE program goals are to better prepare teachers to use 21st-century technology, national standards and Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, and to teach in public or private schools or in community settings. Students will:
You'll work with and learn from faculty with knowledge and expertise across a range of disciplines, including:
Faculty are also practicing artists, with specializations in:
Applicants must pass both the Communications and Literacy and the Visual Arts portions of the Massachusetts Test of Educators Licensure (MTELs) before making application to the MAE program. MTEL scores must be reported to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Applicants who are licensed in another state, and do not seek a Massachusetts teaching license, are required to make a written statement that the applicant will not seek Massachusetts licensure but must, instead, pass the National Praxis Exam.
Each applicant's foundation of knowledge from teaching, gained through having at least initial licensure or comparable course content, is evaluated in deciding to offer admission to either the 33- or 54-credit program. Pre-admission interviews and sample essay or research reports may be requested of some applicants, at faculty discretion.
We accept students on a rolling admissions basis. However, applicants are urged to submit completed applications before November 15 or March 15 for consideration for entrance in the following academic semester.
Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design