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Master of Arts in Teaching
The Corcoran’s 60-credit Master of Arts in Teaching program is philosophically rooted in each student’s experience of making, critiquing, and interpreting art. This program’s focus is not limited to schools and K-12 art education, but encompasses the adult learner population as well as the impact art education has in community and museum settings. MAT students discover first-hand how humans of all ages learn and develop through the visual arts. This program is socially engaged, with a progressive curriculum designed for future art educators who are determined to form a solid bridge between the personal experiences of art and its capacity to enrich both the individual and greater community. We seek applicants interested in broadening the traditional concept and research of art education. The academic and artistic backgrounds of our student body are broad and varied. We welcome this diversity as it adds to the richness and variety of our program. Students pursuing licensure complete the requisite studio coursework for certification to teach in the District of Columbia.
Gain Real World Experience
The program is designed to support career development with a required educational internship or school placement, and a graduate-level research thesis. All students participate with Corcoran student/faculty teams in a variety of school, community, partnership programs starting in the sophomore year.
Art + Science: Developing Creativity—Learn to integrate art education with core academics to enhance learning for students.
Art Across Curriculum—Explore the dynamic relationship between visual culture and formal learning in history, social studies, language arts, math, and science.
Digital Media for Educators—Get acquainted with educational technology for presentation. Learn to search and assess existing multi-media teaching resources in art, adapt resources for new programs and create simple projects for students using basic desktop publishing software.
Graduate Art Education Core
Graduate Studio Core
Education Proseminar I & II
Other Required Courses
Development, Behavior and Learning
Sociology of the Family
Art in Museums and Communities
Classroom and Activity Management
Digital Media for Art Educators
Evaluation & Assessment of Programs
Art and Adolescents OR Art and Learners to Age 12 Art and Special Education Thesis Seminar I & II Student Teaching OR Art Education Internship
Digital Media for Educators
Art Therapy Orientation for Educators
Art Across the Curriculum
Art, Cultural, and Character Education
Contemporary Issues: Education Policy and Visual Art
Art and Lifelong Learning
Math in Art/Art in Math
Art and Science: Developing Creativity
Evaluation, Programs Assessment, and Criteria of Quality
Studio Based Teaching and Learning
Social Justice and Art Education
Public Interpretation of the Arts
Studio electives from among any graduate level offering are also offered.
*Courses subject to change
Art Education Faculty
Dr. Debra Ambush
Amy Aden Dunn
Director of Education Studies
Annie V.F. Storr
Associate Professor, Director of Education Assessment