Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts - Art Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts is an art education teacher preparation program in Philadelphia. Upon completion of this master's degree program, you'll be eligible to receive certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Education to teach art in grades Pre K-12.

Candidates for the MAT art education program have completed undergraduate studies in the fine arts, either in illustration, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design or another area of study that is approved by the director of the program.

The program is a balance of intellectual foundations, curriculum design and assessment, partnered with hands-on pedagogy and courses that are developed to provide relevant experiences for the classrooms of today and leadership for the future of the profession. You’ll receive comprehensive instruction in the use of art education technology, field-based learning experiences and direct feedback on instructional effectiveness.

Even in your first semester, you'll work in classrooms around the greater Philadelphia area – observing, assisting and teaching art to kids in grades Pre K-12. You'll have opportunities to work with traditional learners, students with special needs and those students for whom English is a second language. You'll become proficient in areas such as design education, assessment and curriculum writing. Teaching students on campus in the University's Saturday School program alongside seasoned co-operating teachers and completing a final semester of a student-teaching practicum rounds out the last year of the program.

For more information, contact Rande Blank, MAT in Visual Arts program director, at or 215-717-6050.

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Tania O’Donnell MAT ’03 (Visual Arts)

After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Tania O'Donnell MAT '03 (Visual Arts) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

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In the News

Art Ed student Julien Tomasello MAT ’17 (Visual Arts), an award-winning art and photography editor, is co-author, picture editor for new book.

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Featured Student Work

Work by David Johnson Meekins MAT '14 (Visual Arts) is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.