As a student in the Master of Art Education program, you will focus on your own personal artistic development while simultaneously immersed in research-based, cutting edge curriculum design. You’ll learn the most contemporary ideas in K-12 art education pedagogy, design-thinking, meaning making, brain-based research, and technology, including Universal Design for Learning, an approach that accommodates and honors the different ways in which people learn. At the same time, you’ll refine your creative process in one of four focus areas: drawing, painting, photography, or printmaking.
As you progress through the Master of Art Education program, you’ll develop an acute ability to use art to promote innovation, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication, both in and beyond your art classroom. As you write and revise a full semester’s worth of curriculum, you’ll test your ideas and share them with your fellow students, providing a rich and varied toolbox you can draw from throughout your career. You’ll come away able to design lessons that engage a variety of intelligences, discovering new and different ways to connect with every student. Through focused studio experiences, you’ll also strengthen your own artistic skills, fueling a lifelong and contagious passion for art.
As a leading Master of Art Education program, KCAD’s program is helmed by two nationally recognized experts in brain research who foster lively class discussions and one-on-one mentoring, sharing insights and cutting-edge techniques for inspiring and engaging with every student throughout your career. Driven by an artist-as-teacher philosophy, the program equips K-12 art teachers to be both better artists and better teachers. While fulfilling all of the requirements teachers need to earn a master’s degree and maintain their certification, the program also devotes nearly half of its coursework to studio art.
The Master of Art Education program is designed to fit neatly into your busy life as a working teacher. Courses meet on Saturdays during the academic year, with studio classes scheduled during the summer to allow you more time to develop your artwork. The 30-credit program can be completed in just three years by taking one course per semester, including summers.
You’ll emerge from the Master of Art Education program not only having fulfilled all of the requirements to maintain your teacher certification, but as an art educator who’s enriched, challenged, and energized to continue mentoring and inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers and makers while rekindling your own creative passion.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll be well-positioned to receive a significant increase in salary. While most graduates remain in art education, a graduate degree and art school pedigree can open career pathways in fields such as publishing, museum work, and research as well.
The Master of Art Education program culminates in a studio/research project that you’ll be able to direct to meet your own needs and interests. First, you’ll conduct in-depth research on an area of particular interest to you. Then, you’ll respond to that research by creating a body of artwork that expresses your own thoughts and perspective on the ideas you’ve explored. This combination of research and creative practice enables you to further your artistic skills while also enriching your classroom practice.
Outside of the support of your faculty within the Master of Art Education program, you’ll have access to The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, an exhibition space featuring the work of nationally and internationally-recognized artists; KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an innovative cultural institution hosting exhibitions of such contemporary artists and designers as Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Judi Werthein; The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; KCAD’s Material ConneXion Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more; and much more.
You’ll also benefit from access to industry interactions, guest speakers, design forums, and other events hosted by Design West Michigan, a KCAD organization that explores and advocates for design as an economic building block in the region.
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Prepares students to begin the research and studio portions of their thesis paper or project. Provides instruction in the APA style of writing, research strategies, information access and retrieval, literature evaluation and thesis topic refinement.
Advanced analysis of art that explores the definition of and criteria for contemporary and historical art. Builds advanced critical assessment skills.
Exploration of advanced teaching strategies and methods for the purpose of expanding and invigorating personal artistic expression and classroom practice.
Assists the student in developing and evaluating new and innovative curriculum processes for middle and high school settings. The course will concentrate on aligning curriculum content to national regional, state and local standards and building teamwork for curriculum integration. In addition, it will increase the student's ability to use technology as a curriculum tool.
A seminar dealing with topics of special topics in art history, theory, and/or criticism.
Explores the current issues within the art world and the world of art and art education. Determines how these affect pedagogy and policy in art education.
Students demonstrate mastery level synthesis of the coursework they have completed by conducting an independent inquiry culminating in a studio thesis project. All studio projects have a required written component.
Examines nature/multiple causes of reading difficulties based on literacy research, language development, learning theories. Explores impact of social, cultural, emotional, physical, and environmental factors on students with reading difficulties. Identifies assessment principles/practices that inform and support literacy instruction. Focuses on methodologies, research-based programs, and best practices for prevention, intervention, and remediation of reading difficulties at all grade levels. Emphasizes creating partnerships with parents, families. Includes technology and classroom application components.
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