“The Art Education program not only contributed to my wonderful experience at Montserrat but also gave me the confidence to succeed in my future.”
Erin Wolf ’13
The Art Education program prepares students for their own artistic practice and gives them the tools to support and develop the artistic and creative abilities of PreK-12 students in schools and community settings. Through their BFA, the Art Education students are offered the opportunity to develop expertise in one or several studio areas while being provided the breadth of experiences needed by a PreK-12 educator.
The art education program towards a Massachusetts Certification for Initial Licensure benefits from a licensure reciprocity shared by interstate agreement.
2010-2015 NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Signees
(As of September 5, 2013)
- British Columbia
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
The concentration in Art Education includes the acquisition of knowledge in the following areas: psychology and child development; the philosophical and social foundations underlying art in education; curriculum design for individuals’ and groups according to different stages of development and cultural/linguistic affinities; special needs and differentiated learning strategies; traditional and current methods and materials used in art education; short and long term instructional unit design and delivery; assessment and evaluation of student work and lesson objectives; as well as self-evaluation and professional goal setting.
The program towards a Massachusetts Certification for Initial Licensure is completed with 132 credits over nine semesters that include state exams, a full semester of practicum internship in a PreK- 12 school and a comprehensive career preparation.
Interested students must contact Patricia Palmer, Chair, Art Education at [email protected] or 978.921.4242 x1605 for more information.
In Massachusetts, art teachers are licensed at two levels: pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (pre-K through 8) and fifth through twelfth grade (5 through 12). The Art Education program at Montserrat offers initial licensure at either level. Course work and student teaching experiences are assigned accordingly. Preparation of public school teachers in Art Education programs must include course work addressing the Massachusetts Standards for Teacher Licensure and the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks. Art education courses offered at Montserrat are designed to meet and exceed these standards for teachers of visual art.
Students interested in the Art Education program are encouraged to begin coursework in the fall of the sophomore year after successful completion of the Foundation program. Every student in the Art Education Program is required to earn a B- or better in all art education courses and two related requirements (one psychology course and one diversity course).