Master of Arts in Teaching/Art EducationThis program provides artists with substantive, graduate-level education in teaching. Students learn the art of teaching in an exciting, thriving art and education community that keeps studio practices at the core of becoming a great teacher.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)/Art Education (AE) is a 36-credit program leading to the Initial Teacher License in Massachusetts while also providing the coursework requirements for Professional Teacher Licensure. The program is designed for students with strong backgrounds in studio work who want to teach in schools, museums, social service agencies, or other educational settings.
MAT/AE students take the Art Education Department's graduate courses, which respond to the State Regulations for Initial Licensure. They visit schools, teach in our Saturday Studios program, and student-teach during a semester-long practicum. While preparation for the Initial License mandates a minimum of 150 hours of student teaching practicum, the art education faculty believe that students profit from additional experience and require 300+ hours in the classroom for MAT/AE candidates.
The Initial Teacher License is granted by the State of Massachusetts for a single level – either pre-kindergarten through grade 8 or grade 5 through grade 12.
Students may complete the 36-credit MAT/AE program in four semesters, 9 credits per semester fall, spring, summer, and a second fall.