February 10, 2020

Call for applications: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Maine College of Art

Make.Art.Think., 2019. Photo: Kyle Dubay (’18).

Maine College of Art’s ten-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program prepares artists to become effective, certified art educators.

MECA’s MAT Program emphasizes learning by doing. Our connections are vast. We work with the Greater Portland community of public and private schools, nonprofits, galleries, professional artists and community centers. We support our teacher candidates with MECA’s vibrant visiting artist program, the Joanne Waxman Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and dynamic network of colleagues.

Our program is an exceptional pathway to a teaching career in visual art. For an art educator, the classroom becomes another type of studio. Artistic inspiration translate into engaged learning and expressive art-making. MAT classes are experiential, and the learning environments are connected to teaching practice itself.

The ten-month MAT program is divided into three phases: a one-month summer intensive where theory-based courses are taught in an institute-like setting with field experiences beginning on the very first day; a fall semester of courses that include studio art, teaching methods and curriculum building, work in alternative settings, and a consideration of how to manage an inclusive classroom of students; and a spring semester that culminates with a 15-week student teaching and professional, career-readiness experience.

Teacher candidates carry a full course load with extensive field work and supervision support in the classroom to connect theory to practice. Our program is rigorous and aligned to real-world teaching criteria. Like all artists, teacher candidates in our program are given the opportunity to take risks, develop new ideas and pedagogies, write lesson plans, and provide supportive feedback. Online portfolios document the progress being made toward reaching these high expectations for teacher preparation, and candidates participate in reflection and critique of works-in-progress for their lesson plans, papers, and their own studio artwork. There are many ways to be a great art teacher. MECA’s MAT Program helps our teacher candidates find their unique, powerful teaching voices.

The MAT program goal is to help all graduates reach full-time employment within one year of graduation. In 2019, MAT graduates had 100% job placement within three months of graduation. For the last five years, every teacher who has graduated from the MAT program wanting to teach has landed a full-time teaching job.

The rigorous ten-month schedule of dedicated, full-time learning allows candidates to complete the MAT program in time for Spring and Summer employment opportunities and job interviews. The program itself instills a sense of reflective practice and in-depth knowledge of current educational practice so that graduates are prepared to start working in the field right away.

Fundamentals of Teaching, Learning, Creativity and Cognition
The Artist as Educator Experience: Art Studio Component

Exceptionality in the Art Classroom
Alternative Settings for Art Education
PK-8 Curriculum Design, Development, and Assessment
High School Curriculum Design, Development, and Assessment

PK-8 Student Teaching
High School Student Teaching
Professional Practices Seminar

Graduate faculty:
Kelly McConnell, Chair of Art Education Department, Associate Professor
Rachel Somerville, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Art Education
Piper Bolduc, Adjunct Instructor of the Master of Arts in Teaching

Priority deadline for summer 2020 is February 20, 2020. Rolling admissions through June 1 as space permits. Orientation is July 31, 2020 and classes start August 2, 2020.

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