The Concentration in Educational Media, as part of a Master of Arts in Art Education, is designed to prepare graduate students to use, plan, and manage technology in the K-12 art curriculum and classroom. Educational media are those digital tools and applications used for creative and instructional purposes within a K-12 classroom and school setting. The use of educational media, therefore, is not solely for developing creative expression in students, but also as a means to support the teaching and learning of K-12 art.
Candidates for this Concentration are students with a background and training in both technology and art who want to integrate the use of technology into the teaching of art. Students in the Master of Arts in Art Education program who complete this Concentration will serve as classroom art teachers integrating technology into their curriculum and practice, and as technology leaders in their school and district.
A Master of Arts in Art Education major must complete a total of 12 credits in required core and elective courses in technology for a Concentration in Educational Media. The other remaining six credits may be elective courses that the student chooses to advance his or her study of technology.
In addition to these 12 credits toward a Concentration in Educational Media, the graduate thesis/project (six credits) will be directed toward research involving the use of technology in art education. Competencies and specific requirements for the Educational Media Concentration are the following:
To acquire the following basic competencies in technology, a student may take University technology courses, workshops, and tutorials, including those offered through the Continuing Studies Professional Institute for Educators. Based on a review of portfolio and approval by the Art Education Department, a graduate student may be excused from this requirement.
- Macintosh and Windows operating environments
- Navigation, menu, file management, and transfer and storage skills
- Productivity skills (word processing and spreadsheet)
- Navigational and information search and retrieval skills (Internet and World Wide Web)
- Electronic presentation skills (PowerPoint, etc.)
- Computer graphics knowledge, concepts, and skills (raster, vector, and Web graphics)
Required Core Courses
Two related semester courses form the required core of the concentration in Educational Media A: Teaching and Learning, and Educational Media B: Planning and Management. These two core courses are designed to be taken together as a year-long sequence. Educational Media A: Teaching and Learning focuses on the conceptual, curricular, and instructional approaches and strategies needed to integrate digital technologies into the K-12 art classroom. Educational Media B: Planning and Management examines the issues and topics related to designing technology environments for K-12 art education.