Application Deadline: January 15, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the summer.
41 Credit Hours
MAT in Visual Arts Education or Elementary Education
Columbia College Chicago offers the choice of two Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree options in which aspiring educators are prepared to become licensed classroom teachers. Candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds and have bachelors degrees in a variety of study areas.
prepares candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful teachers in diverse settings
Hands on Approach to Serving Urban Communities
Candidates of the Masters of Arts in Teaching programs at Columbia College Chicago learn how to build on the research that supports strong relationships between the arts, and academic learning, creative thinking, and problem solving. Students are given field experience prior to completing their student teaching. These multiple hands-on experiences, in addition to the commitment of these programs to the greater Chicago area, prepares candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful teachers in diverse settings. Classes for both programs are offered in the early evening to meet the scheduling needs of degree candidates, and the programs are designed to be completed in two years.
the program emphasizes ways in which art teachers can collaborate with academic faculty
MAT in Visual Arts Education
Columbia College Chicago’s MAT in Visual Arts Education is designed for those who have some previous knowledge and experience in one or more visual art areas, and a commitment to working with children and young people. With a focus on effective ways to teach the visual arts, the program emphasizes ways in which art teachers can collaborate with academic faculty and students to connect the art they are creating with content-area concepts. Successful completion of the degree leads to licensure as a K-12 visual arts teacher.
Focus is placed on ways in which future teachers can develop knowledgeable, curious, and confident learners
MAT in Elementary Education
The MAT in Elementary Education at Columbia College Chicago is designed for those who are committed to the education of young children and youth across the curriculum. Focus is placed on ways in which future teachers can develop knowledgeable, curious, and confident learners, while also exploring the importance of the arts in children’s engagement and learning, and effective ways in which to integrate the arts. Candidates gain theoretical and practical knowledge to teach across subject areas, and are provided with a strong content-area background (e.g. biology, English/language arts) to also obtain a middle school endorsement. Successful completion of the degree leads to licensure as an elementary teacher.