Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Art Education (M.A.E.)

Upon completion of the Masters of Art Education students will:

  1. Develop a comprehensive, critical understanding of the field of art education by investigating the ways in which art education has evolved and continues to change in response to cultural, economic, social, political, and technological conditions.
  2. Examine and explore critical approaches to new media and directions in contemporary art practices, understanding innovative methodologies of professional artists in order to develop new approaches to elementary and secondary art instruction.
  3. Understand the importance and roles of diverse learning environments appreciating both formal and informal art learning sites and studio environments in order to construct learning spaces that promote creative production, social learning and collaboration, as well as incorporate multiple contexts including museums, galleries, homes, and other pertinent public sites.
  4. Develop in-depth conceptually based curricula with an understanding of local and global communities, and of the benefits and challenges of promoting democratic values in our culturally diverse society.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to cultivate critical and creative thinking skills in others and to assert art's role in fostering multi-cultural, intercultural, and interdisciplinary understandings.
  6. Demonstrate breadth of knowledge and skills in art history emphasizing contemporary art forms and visual culture, in analytical methods and theories of criticism, and in contending philosophies of art, and understand the foundational relationship of these components to authentic studio practice; and make these accessible and meaningful to P-12 learners.
  7. Develop leadership roles and become an active participant in peer seminars, classroom tutorials, presentations, and reflective processes.
  8. Understand, articulate, and continue to nurture the roles of Artist/Teacher/Researcher in their own professional practice and demonstrate increased breadth and depth of competence in studio skills, knowledge, and application.
  9. Conduct professional research that demonstrates advanced levels of analysis, insight, design, and methods appropriate for art education settings and audiences. Utilize relevant applications for such research and professional publications.
  10. Demonstrate reflective, critical thought, and scholarship as well as a commitment to ongoing professional development, and; contribute to the growth of the profession through disseminating scholarly activity as artist/teacher/researcher at local, state and national professional venues.