Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts

Art isn't just a class – it's a subject that can inform a child’s entire academic life and provide opportunities for life-long learning. If you have a passion for art and are committed to helping kids learn and succeed, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts gives you the best of both worlds. You'll complete the requirements needed for art education certification while earning a master's degree for higher salary and career advancement potential.

Even in your first semester, you'll get to work in real classrooms around the greater Philadelphia area – observing, assisting and teaching art to kids in grades K-12. You'll have opportunities to work with traditional learners, special-needs students and those for whom English is not a first language. You’ll become proficient in design thinking to solve problems and develop solutions through assessment, evaluation and design – skills you can pass on to your students. In your final semester, you'll take part in a student teaching practicum: a 14-week placement in local schools, including seven weeks in an elementary school and seven weeks in a secondary school.

Through our Service Learning program, you'll concentrate on art education for special needs students, allowing you to meet certification requirements while learning the strategies and adaptations necessary for unique learners. That could mean adapting a tool for a child with fine motor-control issues, or giving visually impaired kids a more tactile art experience using different textural materials. Recently a group of students travelled with a professor to Ghana as part of their Service Learning course, to teach art to children in a special-needs orphanage. You'll also have opportunities to attend state and national workshops and conferences, exhibit in our Gifts Gallery, and work as instructors for K-8 kids in a Saturday Arts Lab.

For more information, please contact Rande Blank, graduate program director, at or 215-717-6050.

Tania O’Donnell MAT ’03 (Visual Arts)

After UArts

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Art Ed in Ghana 2013

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Cross-cultural learning exchange takes Art & Design Education students and faculty to Ghana.

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Featured Student Work

Work by David Johnson Meekins MAT '14 (Visual Arts) is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.