Graduate students choose between two programs: the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), an intensive, one-year (summer through spring) cohort teacher preparation program for artists and designers that culminates in recommendation for teacher certification in art pK-12, and the Master of Arts (MA) in Art + Design, a one-year (fall through spring), practice-based program offering two study tracks: Community Arts Education, for individuals interested in combining creative and social practices, particularly with urban youth in out-of-school time contexts; and Professional Development, for art and design educators at all levels who are interested in renewing a connection to contemporary pedagogical and creative practices.
At RISD prospective educators craft the foundations of their pedagogical practice within a vibrant community of artists, designers and scholars. Each year approximately 12–20 degree candidates work closely with TLAD faculty, professionals in the field at partner organizations and a range of visiting lecturers. When the time comes, faculty take particular pride in helping each degree candidate with a job search, which has led to an extremely high placement rate and greater job satisfaction for graduates.
Given that learning in and through art and design provides extraordinary opportunities for developing critical thinking and making abilities, RISD offers the ideal home for exploring the application of studio learning in broader art educational contexts. In addition, the hybrid nature of the department's work within the Division of Graduate Studies provides students with unique opportunities to make optimal use of RISD's extraordinary resources, including studio and liberal arts faculty and the RISD Museum.
For almost 10 years, TLAD has been fine-tuning Project Open Door—a pioneering program
launched in 2005 to mentor underserved urban teens with a passion for
art and help them prepare for and apply to college. TLAD students are
invited to get involved in this inspiring community education
laboratory, which enables teachers in training and other volunteers from
the RISD community to literally envelop interested high school students
with intensive mentoring and other helpful resources at RISD.
MA candidates apply to one of two study tracks with specialized curricula.
RISD’s MAT program is approved by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a teacher preparation program and, as a result of the Interstate Compact, has reciprocity in at least 44 other states. It is, however, important for applicants to understand that while RISD awards the MAT degree and recommends its graduates for certification or licensure, the award of teacher certification is determined by individual states, each of which has its own specific requirements. In other words, candidates must pass any teacher-certification test(s) required by individual states.
All MAT applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate and submit transcripts indicating a minimum of 39 credit hours earned in the following domains: literacy (12 credits), history of art/design (12 credits), humanities and sciences (9 credits), two additional courses selected from any domains.
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