Students earning the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with an emphasis in Art Education receive a master’s degree and eligibility for pre-K-12 licensure in the visual arts from the State of Ohio. After satisfying undergraduate art education requirements, students enter the M.A.T. program. Classes for the M.A.T are organized so requirements can be completed in one calendar year (one summer plus two semesters) of full-time study.
The M.A.T. cohort group is designed to be small in number to afford each student outstanding preparation and the opportunity to move through the program with a community of learners. This format engenders the sharing of values and attitudes while fostering professional growth.
After a summer term of course work that focuses on the foundations and principles of education, M.A.T. students spend two consecutive semesters in an interniship of both campus-based and school-based practices. This integrated approach fosters both theoretical understanding and the development of the practical skills needed to be a successful teacher.
During the internship, instructional responsibilities are gradually increased until the intern is ready to manage a classroom with a minimum of supervision. Course work is tied to the internship and professional growth is regularly evaluated.
There are two pathways at Kent State University that offer eligibility to earn initial teacher licensure in Visual Arts Education PreK-12:
1. Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (2nd bachelors degree)
2. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program/degree with a concentration in Visual Arts
Information on financial aid is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, 103 Michael Schwartz Center. Telephone 330-672-6000.