Your professional Art Education courses begin fall of your junior year and must be taken in a specific order.
Junior Year Fall Semester:
EDAR 177-Curriculum & Practicum in Elementary Art 4 credits
EDAR 178-Curriculum & Practicum in Middle/High School Art 4 credits
Junior Year Spring Semester:
EDAR 283-Current Issues in Art & Education 3 credits
EDAR 284-Current Issues in Art & Education/Alternative Sites 3 credits
EDAR 177 (Curriculum & Practicum in Elementary Art) and EDAR 178 (Curriculum & Practicum in Middle/High School Art) are offered in the fall of junior year. Each course has a practicum field experience and an academic seminar. The field experiences are 3 hours per week in the elementary and middle/high school public schools and your first real classroom experience. An additional practicum for young children at the Fleming Museum after-school program is folded into the EDAR 177 seminar. Information on the field experiences will be given on the first day of the seminars. The seminars meet once a week and are worth 4 credits each because of the time needed for field experiences.
The Fleming Museum after-school program is a practicum that is an opportunity for art education students to introduce local school children to art making that is based on UVM’s museum collection. Christine Fearon, the Director of Education at the Fleming Museum will contribute to EDAR 177 to introduce the role of the Museum in Art Education.
EDAR 283 (Current Issues in Art Education) is a 3 credit seminar offered spring of junior year. The seminar gives students an understanding of issues in the field of art education and prepares them for every aspect of student teaching. Students will examine the following: art education in a historical context, current debates in the field of art education, curriculum development and lesson planning, accommodation of special needs, accountability, advocacy, aesthetics and criticism, assessment, classroom management, multiculturalism and diversity, and integration of the arts.
EDAR 284 (Current Issues in Art Education/Alternative Sites) is a 3 credit seminar offered spring of junior year. Students will complete a semester-long internship at an alternative art education site that is outside of the public schools. This may be either a volunteer or employed position. The goal of the seminar is to broaden the notion of locations in which art education can occur outside of the typical art classroom. Sites are chosen by the student and should relate to interests that could be pursued after graduation.
EDSC 226 (Student Teaching Internship) is a full-time 12 credit internship offered fall or spring of senior year (to be determined by Art Ed Director in conjunction with student).
Student teaching is a 15-week internship in a public school of your choice. You will decide at what level you would like to teach and with whom you would like to work, though interviews with the mentor and principal must precede your acceptance at a school site. Additionally, you must have passed PRAXIS I (or equivalent SAT scores) in order to student teach. You will be certified to teach art for grades PreK-12 because of your four internships as a junior and senior.
EDSC 230 (Teaching for Results) is a 3-credit seminar that is taken concurrently with EDSC 226. It supports student teaching with a systematic approach to developing the licensure portfolio.