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Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Art Education for professionals in education with experience in art education who are interested in professional preparation in curriculum development, pedagogy, and action research in the visual arts. The program aims to help the educator develop their understanding of the role as a leader in the classroom and agent of change in the development of students’ educations.
The program emphasizes studies in the development of art knowledge for the purpose of education of students. The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, which include topics such as learners with disabilities in elementary and middle school programs, recent topics in art education, and research in art education.
Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional credentials necessary for roles as art educators. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to understand emerging issues of interest and importance in the field of art education, to understand historic and recent theories in the development of art and education as they influence art education policy and practice, and to demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriate to art education. In addition, students will be expected to fulfill the requirements of general educators, including the ability to understand the role of schools and its interaction with the community, the ability to utilize technologies for teaching and learning, to demonstrate understanding of the school and classroom climate which maximizes learning and minimizes discipline problems.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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