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Degree Requirements 

• Successful completion of 36 credits, including all required courses and the thesis project. Documentation of all MAT thesis projects must be on file in the Art Education Department to be eligible for degree conferral. 

• Three semesters of residency (fall, spring and summer). Students in the two-year program are required to complete five semesters of residency. Students in the one-year program must complete their degree within two years, unless given an official extension by the provost. Students in the two-year program must complete their degree within four years, unless given an official extension by the provost. 

Submission of a completed MAT Degree Portfolio is required. 

• Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing. 

Note: Departmental requirements are subject to change by the department chair if the chair deems that such change is warranted.

One-Year Program

AEG-5020  Educational Foundations
AEG-5050  Psychology for Special Populations
AEG-5080  Thesis: Research and Observation
AEG-5085  Thesis: Data Collection and Presentation
AEG-5120  Special Topics Seminar 1
AEG-5125  Special Topics Seminar 2
AEG-5160  Curriculum for Special Populations
AEG-5210  Materials and Methods: Elementary 
AEG-5250  Student Teaching in Public Elementary and Middle Schools
AEG-5260  Student Teaching On-Site Supervision:       Elementary and Middle Schools
AEG-5280  Student Teaching in Public Secondary Schools
AEG-5290  Student Teaching On-Site Supervision: Secondary Schools
AEG-5340  Curriculum: Arts Integrated
AEG-5370  Museum Studies: Theory and Practice
AEG-5400  Technology in Art Education
AEG-5430  Materials and Methods: Secondary  
AEG-5640  Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
AEG-5760  Teaching Inquiry 1
AEG-5765  Teaching Inquiry 2
AEG-5790  NYSTCE Preparation 1
AEG-5795  NYSTCE Preparation 2 
AEG-5800  Advanced Studio Art: Teacher as Artist summer
AEG-5900  Thesis: Compilation and Presentation  

Two-Year Program

YEAR ONE 

AEG-5050  Psychology for Special Populations
AEG-5120  Special Topics Seminar 1
AEG-5125  Special Topics Seminar 2
AEG-5160  Curriculum for Special Populations
AEG-5370  Museum Studies: Theory and Practice
AEG-5400  Technology in Art Education
AEG-5640  Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
AEG-5790  NYSTCE Preparation 1
AEG-5795  NYSTCE Preparation 2

YEAR TWO

AEG-5020  Educational Foundations
AEG-5080  Thesis: Research and Observation
AEG-5085  Thesis: Data Collection and Presentation
AEG-5210  Materials and Methods: Elementary
AEG-5250  Student Teaching in Public Elementary and Middle Schools
AEG-5260  Student Teaching On-Site Supervision: Elementary and Middle Schools
AEG-5280  Student Teaching in Public Secondary Schools
AEG-5290  Student Teaching On-Site Supervision: Secondary Schools
AEG-5340  Curriculum: Arts Integrated
AEG-5430  Materials and Methods: Secondary
AEG-5760  Teaching Inquiry 1
AEG-5765  Teaching Inquiry 2 
AEG-5800  Advanced Studio Art: Teacher as Artist summer
AEG-5900  Thesis: Compilation and Presentation

General Course Listing

All course work relates directly to fieldwork and student teaching through discussion of course development, classroom management and age-appropriate application of educational theory. MAT students will complete at least 100 hours of fieldwork, 40 days of student teaching in public schools and practica in SVA’s children’s programs. Students will maintain reflective journals that will be reviewed and discussed with faculty throughout the program. 

AEG-5020
Educational Foundations
Fall semester: 3 credits
The underlying foundations of education—including the interconnections among history, culture, sociology, psychology, environment and aesthetics—will be examined in this course, and we will situate art and art education within these multifaceted contexts. Formulating ideas for thesis projects is also included. 

AEG-5050
Psychology for Special Populations
Fall semester: 3 credits
The study of special needs populations will be emphasized in this course, including theories of human development, social learning, information processing, motivation and mastery, as they apply to the teaching process for special needs students, especially in art education. In addition, educational, psychological and intelligence assessments will be discussed. A substantial portion of the course will involve examination of policies and practices in special education. 

AEG-5080
Thesis: Research and Observation
Fall semester: 1 credit
This course will introduce the fundamentals of art education research. Each student will develop a topic, frame a research question, conduct library research and write a working Literature Review in preparation for the thesis proposal. Utilizing field experience in student teaching or other children’s programs, students will refine their observational skills for action-based research. 

AEG-5085
Thesis: Data Collection and Presentation
Spring semester: 1 credit
Methodologies for conducting action-based research in classroom situations and data collection will be introduced in this course, and students will finalize their thesis proposals. Research techniques and compilation will provide the necessary background for action-based studies. 

AEG-5120
Special Topics Seminar 1
Fall semester: 1 credit
This seminar presents information on substance abuse in order to develop curricular materials that promote health and physical fitness for children in pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Topics include: fire safety, school violence prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, suspected child abduction and abuse, and autism awareness. Discussions and acting techniques will be used to highlight procedures and strategies that can be used to help make a safe and secure environment for children, staff and parents. Students will be provided with New York State regulations as well as historical and statistical information on each of these areas. They will also be informed of notification and reporting requirements for school-related crimes and incidents. 

AEG-5125
Special Topics Seminar 2
Spring semester: 1 credit
This course will address the use of art to support student learning in reading and literacy. 

AEG-5160
Curriculum for Special Populations
Fall semester: 3 credits
Understanding the needs of special populations, and how disabilities, home situations and socioeconomic levels affect learning will be the focus of this course. Students will teach workshops to children at a shelter for displaced mothers and their children. The role of art activities in fostering self-esteem and confidence in children will be explored, with an emphasis on group management, discipline and development of population-appropriate lessons. 

AEG-5210
Materials and Methods: Elementary
Fall semester: 2 credits
Materials and methods used in the elementary art classroom will be the focus of this course. Students will learn to use their own materials explorations in combination with an understanding of artistic development to design art lessons that tap into individual creativity as well as fulfill the New York State Standards for Art. How to develop a focused art curriculum that includes classroom management, discipline strategies, a variety of assessment strategies and considerations for special needs will be included. Students will also produce the first draft of a teaching portfolio. 

AEG-5250
Student Teaching in Public Elementary and Middle Schools
Fall semester: 2 credits
Student teachers will be placed at elementary and middle school sites to observe classes, prepare lesson plans and teach their lessons. After two weeks of fieldwork, participants will work with an art teacher for 20 full days of student teaching. Students will also have 15 hours of observation in special education classes. Observation and evaluation by School of Visual Arts faculty and cooperating teachers will be given on an ongoing basis. Students will videotape their student teaching, which will be reviewed in class by the instructor and fellow graduate students. 

AEG-5260
Student Teaching On-Site Supervision: Elementary and Middle Schools
Fall semester: no credit
Student teachers will complete two weeks of fieldwork, after which they will work with an art teacher for 20 full days of on-site student teaching. MAT faculty and cooperating teachers will observe and evaluate lessons taught by the student teachers. 

AEG-5280
Student Teaching in Public Secondary Schools
Spring semester: 2 credits
The student teaching supervisor will meet weekly with students to guide them through the student teaching experience. Topics addressed will include: lesson planning and assessment with a focus on integration of the New York State Learning Standards for the Visual Arts, classroom management strategies, maintaining a student teaching journal, documentation of lessons for the inclusion in the MAT Degree Portfolio. 

AEG-5290
Student Teaching On-Site Supervision: Secondary Schools
Spring semester: no credit
Student teachers will complete two weeks of fieldwork, after which they will work with an art teacher for 20 full days of on-site student teaching. MAT faculty and cooperating teachers will observe and evaluate lessons taught by the student teachers. 

AEG-5340
Curriculum: Arts Integrated
Spring semester: 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to develop art educators who will meet the numerous new demands that educational reform is making on the entire learning community. Topics will include: how the New York State Education Department performance standards and the Common Core State Standards relate to lesson planning, student engagement, cross-cultural issues and integration of the visual arts with other subject areas. How making and responding to art can develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of all students, including English-language learners will also be addressed. In addition, the course will familiarize students with the tasks and assessments associated with visual arts, social studies, science, math and English-language arts. 

AEG-5370
Museum Studies: Theory and Practice
Spring semester: 3 credits
This course will examine and explore the theory and practice of museum education. We will focus on how to talk about art with elementary- and secondary-school students, including discussion of art from other cultures and genres such as abstract art. Guest lectures by museum educators and field trips to museums and galleries are included. 

AEG-5400
Technology in Art Education
Spring semester: 3 credits
The digital revolution has brought about a tidal wave of technical innovation, and produced an essential shift in human perception. This course will explore the wide-ranging communities of thought, action and expression that permeate the web, as well as some of the issues, concerns and possibilities they present for educators. During the course of the semester, students will develop multimedia projects that involve video, sound and still images as a means of exploring how new technologies available to students—in particular the smartphone—can provide a rich outlet for creative exploration and interface in the globalized world. 

AEG-5430
Materials and Methods: Secondary
Spring semester: 2 credits
The objectives and practical methodology involved in teaching art on the secondary level is the focus of this course. Topics include: development and organization of appropriate content and design for a secondary-school curriculum, classroom management and discipline. Sequential lesson plans for the development of age-appropriate skills will be devised and implemented at the student teaching sites. 

AEG-5640
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
Spring semester: no credit
This one-day workshop is designed to fulfill the harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention training required for certification under the Dignity for all Students Act (DASA). 

AEG-5760
Teaching Inquiry 1
Fall semester: no credit
This course will prepare students for the creation of a teacher portfolio, framed by inquiry into their planning, instruction and assessment of students in the arts classroom. These will be explored at length through the work of major educators in the field of instruction, assessment and inquiry, and through the development of a reflective portfolio of work. 

AEG-5765
Teaching Inquiry 2
Spring semester: no credit
This is the second part of a two-semester course. See AEG-5760 for course description. The spring semester will be devoted to assessing student learning. 

AEG-5790
NYSTCE Preparation 1
Fall semester: no credit
This course prepares students to take the New York State teacher certification exams. The Educating All Students Test (EAS), the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and the Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST) in Visual Arts that are required for New York State teacher art certification will be included. Test-taking strategies will be discussed, and several sample exams will be given. 

AEG-5795
NYSTCE Preparation 2
Spring semester: no credit
This is the second part of a two-semester course. See AEG-5790 for 
course description. 

AEG-5800
Advanced Studio Art: Teacher as Artist
Summer semester: 3 credits
This course will offer MAT candidates an opportunity to reconnect with their art-making practice and develop works of art. We will discuss the relationship between teaching art and art-making, and develop a theme for an exhibition of student work at SVA’s Westside Gallery. Group and one-on-one critiques, presentations on contemporary artists and visits to galleries in Chelsea will be included. 

AEG-5900-A
Thesis: Compilation and Presentation
Summer semester: 3 credits
This seminar gives students the opportunity to synthesize and document their research, particularly in AEG-5080, Thesis: Research and Observation, and AEG-5085, Thesis: Data Collection and Presentation. We will meet as a group to discuss progress of thesis projects. Each student will make a final presentation to the department chair and faculty members. Note: Students will not be charged a departmental fee for the summer semester.

 

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