May 30, 2024  
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Art Education

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Kathy A Miraglia EdD (Chair) art education, elementary, adult professional development, qualitative research, painting, drawing, interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum

Kristi Oliver MFA art education—especially secondary, action research, professional development for educators, visual culture art education, creativity, photography, drawing

Cathy A Smilan EdD (Graduate Program Director of Master of Art Education Program) art education, k-12 authentic art integration, museum as classroom, research and evaluation in art education partnership, ceramics, fiber arts

The Art Education program provides a sequence of theoretical, practical and studio-based experiences leading to proficiency in the teaching of art. The scope of the program prepares the student to work in public or private school systems or in other public or private agencies. The program emphasizes both supervised field work in surrounding communities and university courses in the theory and practice of art and education.

Teaching licensure in art education is the goal of most art education majors. Students pursuing licensure should consult with the department chairperson. Teaching licensure may also be earned by students who already possess a bachelors degree in a studio area or related field and are interested in earning an MAE degree, through the additional 21 credit Post-Baccalaureate program.

Laptop Computer Requirements

Beginning in the freshman year, Art Education majors are required to use laptops in their required and elective art education courses. Art Education students choose 15 credits of a studio concentration and should consult the laptop requirement for the department of the chosen studio area.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes in Art Education are aligned with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) standards, with the national and state standards in visual arts education and with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s professional standards for licensure. The Bachelor of Art Education program is approved by the Office of Educator Licensure, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements in Art Education, students will:

  • Execute teaching strategies and communication skills
  • Explain philosophy, history, and fundamentals of elementary or secondary art education
  • Apply artistic skill, critical analysis, and judgment
  • Practice expertise in student’s own art production
  • Apply depth and breadth of artistic knowledge
  • Differentiate and present teaching strategies in multiple formats to increase student comprehension 
  • Analyze western and non-western traditions in art history, culture, and influences of differing views
  • Assess lessons based on artistic media, historical narratives, contemporary issues, human development, and learning needs  
  • Formulate and demonstrate an individual and evolving philosophy of teaching art education and professional readiness 
  • Design curriculum, lesson plans, preparations, and assessment instruments

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