Teacher Preparation ProgramBoth artmaking and teaching require dedication, perseverance, and a keen personal vision. At MassArt, teachers-in-training learn alongside aspiring artists.
The teacher preparation program is intended for students who have strong undergraduate backgrounds in studio art and who seek initial licensure as art teachers.
Coursework for this post-baccalaureate program focuses on pedagogical theory as well as on pre-practicum and practicum (fieldwork) experience. Students have the opportunity to teach in MassArt's Saturday Studios program, designing Saturday morning art classes for students in grades 4 through 12. The Saturday Studios program gives student teachers a unique chance to gain classroom experience before they move on to complete the final piece of their post-baccalaureate program, the student teacher 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 teacher preparation program candidates.
The teacher preparation curriculum can be completed in two, three, or more semesters, depending on the needs of the individual student.