MAE, MAE+ Licensure
The mission of the MAE program is to provide a transformative experience for art educators. Building upon their current practice, students in the program will move through theory to become more reflective practitioners.
Critically reflective practice linked with grounded and theoretical research about art teaching and learning, focusing on social responsibility, frames the VCU graduate program in art education. Situated in a city with a plethora of art resources, the graduate student experience at VCU is particularly rich and full of possibility. Areas of emphasis within the department include service-learning, museum education, technology, curriculum, critical thinking, feminism, assessment, aesthetics, program evaluation, gaming, culturally relevant pedagogy, and urban education. The department emphasizes research and experiences in school, museum, and community settings.
The Master of Art Education degree offers two specific tracks. The first track is for teachers who are already licensed and who wish to deepen their understanding of Art Education (MAE). The second track is for people who hold a BA, BFA, or related degree and who wish to earn both a master’s degree in Art Education and a teaching license at the same time (MAE + Licensure).
The program includes required and elective courses and, through graduate coursework, allows students to pursue their areas of interest. All students are expected to work at a high level of independence, be self-motivated, respect peers and instructors, and participate in the opportunities that the Art Education department, the School of the Arts, and VCU offer.
Goals & Student Learning Outcomes
The MAE program provides rigorous learning experiences leading to strong:
1) Theoretical foundations
2) Research competencies
3) Skills with and knowledge of emerging technologies
4) Command of literature and practice in art education
Student Learning Outcomes
1: Theoretical foundations
Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze varying points of view regarding art education theories.
2: Research competencies
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply research methods and methodologies to write a realistic proposal.
3: Skills with and knowledge of emerging technologies
Students will demonstrate knowledge of emerging technologies for teaching, research, or artmaking.
4: Command of literature and practice in art education
Students will demonstrate historical and current knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in art education.
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Key: I=Introduce; R=Reinforce; A=Assess
Student Learning Outcomes