Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

August 14, 2019 0 By Cedric Fleming


[MUSIC PLAYING] MIRIAM DOLNICK: The
MAT program really works to help you connect your
own practice as an artist, and your practice as a
thinker and a learner to your teaching practice. And I think that really
comes from thinking about education within the
context of an art school. ADAM GRETEMAN: The Masters
of Arts and Teaching program is a graduate level
program that prepares individuals to teach in public
schools at the k-12 level. It is a licensure program
through the state of Illinois. PAULINA CAMACHO: So I
chose the MAT program because I really appreciated
their philosophy of education and the way that
they really centered their pedagogical philosophy for
teachers around transformation and around critical pedagogy,
around social justice issues in art education specifically. OLIVIA GUDE: Students who
graduate from the SAC art education program often
comment that they’re better artists because
of studying to be an art teacher through this program. And I think it’s
because the program is very rigorous in helping
people to think about, what is it in the
artistic practice? What are the ways of
making, ways of thinking, ways of being, that
are part of making art. But then that’s what we
transmit to our students. The MAT students have access
to all kinds of resources here at the school from the
various workshops that exist, metals, woods, to the
libraries– to the Flaxman Library, to the Burnham
Library in the Art Institute. PAULINA CAMACHO: One
of my favorite things about being an art education
student at an art school, specifically, was the arts
community and the arts environment. Being completely immersed
in art everywhere I think was really,
really interesting. At the time, I had drilled-out
friendships with other people in different
departments and being able to still tap into those
relationships and resources. And now as an
educator, and I can bring in some of these artists
into my classroom space, I think has been
extremely invaluable. [MUSIC PLAYING]