For the Professional Certification degree, students are not required to complete school based fieldwork experience but have the opportunity to take classes from a range of electives across the university and thus can create their own unique curriculum plan which might include partnerships with community organizations, participation in special projects and events, as well as the final project.
Art+Education classes combine a foundation in critical pedagogy and cultural theory with important connections to practice, including experiences teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Students also develop an interdisciplinary, research based art practice through individual and collaborative projects that involve research and critical analysis.
The Final Project in Art+Education investigates how contemporary artistic practices can serve as forms of creative inquiry. Students work collaboratively to engage with creative research methods and investigate a meaningful social issue or question as artist educators.
Every year, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events including artist talks, panel conversations, educator visits, workshops, and field trips to art museums and galleries. We invite artists, educators, activists and others doing important socially engaged work to speak with students and share their knowledge.