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Master of Education in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education
The Master of Education in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education is ideal for teachers who wish to gain practical skills and techniques for engaging children in learning by using the arts. The program presents various skills in art, music, theater, and dance as well as how to integrate these areas. Students will explore the use of the arts in teaching children as a way to expand their interest and creativity. Courses will present different artistic ways to teach many subjects including math, language arts, science, social studies, and many others. The program has a Christian foundation, meaning students will explore how to integrate their faith and their careers.
Students in this program will be taught various skills in the arts; they will then be expected to use those skills as teaching methods in the classroom. Drama techniques include acting and improvisation that children can use in creating skits based on their lessons. The visual arts will present skills in drawing with freehand as well as with computer applications. The music portion of the program will teach students how to distinguish various composers and read music, which can then be used in the classroom to relate counting notes and measures to math skills. By learning these techniques, educators can seek to improve student performance as they encourage students to use their imagination and engage critical thinking skills.
The course outline is flexible and caters to those who are working part-time or full-time. Students can take one to four courses each semester, and may complete the program at their own pace. Most courses are available online, though there are four on-campus courses which will be taken during the summer, each lasting a week. During these classes students can work directly with faculty in developing their skills in the arts.
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