2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts 33 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Professional Teacher License in Early Childhood (PreK-2) or Elementary (1-6) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Offered on campus, regionally, and nationally, and may be taken for licensure in Massachusetts or as a non-licensure program.

This program, while enhancing the individual creativity of teachers, serves as advanced training for educators who wish to integrate the arts across the curriculum to increase student engagement and meet the needs of diverse groups of learners. Teachers will develop a more effective approach to their teaching allowing students to construct and demonstrate their understanding of academic contact through various art forms including visual arts, music, drama, storytelling, poetry, and creative movement. The connection of the arts to other subject areas allows students to meet district, state, national, and common core standards.

On campus, the program is offered in a combination of weekly and intensive weekend formats. Off campus, the program is offered in a blended format with the sequence of courses delivered in an intensive weekend format supplemented by field-based experiences and online reflection, collaboration, and research. Students immerse themselves in a supportive learning community as they move together through a sequential program of study, providing collegial support, a strong sense of creativity, skills in arts integration, and a wealth of shared pedagogical expertise. The blended delivery model and the practical, relevant nature of the coursework allows working professionals to continue to teach or work in a related setting while using their classrooms as learning laboratories to test, implement, and evaluate the theory and practice of arts-integrated curriculum.

For Washington Students: Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Massachusetts. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to Professional Educator Standards Board-Washington for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Program Prerequisites:

For Professional License in Early Childhood: Massachusetts Initial License in Early Childhood (PreK-2)

For Professional License in Elementary: Massachusetts Initial License in Elementary (1-6)

For Non-licensure: A signed non-licensure agreement

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Core Education Courses (15 credits):

EARED 6100Arts Integration, Literacy, and Common Core


EARED 6109Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Visions and Versions


EARED 5009Drama and Critical Literacy


EARED 5010Creative Movement: Kinesthetic Learning Across the Curriculum


EARED 7100Educator Inquiry: Seminar and Thesis Project


Integrated Arts Courses (18 credits):

EARTS 6008Arts and Technology


EARTS 6101Art and Culture in Community


EARTS 5351Cultural History Through Storytelling


EARTS 6105Multiple Perspectives Through Music


EARTS 6104Art and Visual Inquiry


EARTS 6203The Language of Poetry