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Syllabus Mission of Teaching (2021)

Course Title: Mission of Teaching

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Course Code: AOEU ARE630 

Prerequisites: Capstone Readiness Exam 


This course is worth three credit hours and will run for eight weeks. Participants will be invited to the course two days before the scheduled start date, giving them time in advance for organization and planning. Official interactive learning will begin on the first Monday of the month in which the course runs.


Instructor details and contact information are listed in the course announcements on the course landing page. Office hours are available by appointment only.

Course Description

This course will allow participants to explore philosophical perspectives and research methods within the field of K-12 education, specifically art education, as they seek to be a catalyst for change both within the profession and their personal practice.

As participants embark on their teacher-researcher journey, they will select current art education issues and relate them to their mission and vision of teaching. Finally, participants will begin to design and follow their mission through the lens of action research to advocate for and create change in art education.

Prerequisites: Capstone Readiness Exam

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze their roles as teacher-leader, artist-teacher, and teacher-researcher to create a mission of teaching.
  • Apply the stringent ethical parameters required of practitioners as researchers.
  • Devise and execute a plan for each stage of the research process.
  • Explore and develop personal leadership qualities as advocates for the arts through research.
  • Generate advocacy plans to promote art research as the driver for change.

Required Materials

The following texts are also required for ARE631: Capstone Research.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) ((ISBN-10: 1433832178)

Action Research in Education: A Practical Guide (2nd edition): Efron & Ravid, (ISBN-10: 1462541615)

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)

Course Schedule

See the online course calendar in the LMS for specific due dates.

WeekActivityPoint ValueEstimated Workload Hours Per Week
Week 1Discussion Board: Discuss leadership attributes with peers.30
Week 1Assignment: Reflect on personal leadership style.5013 Hours
Week 2Discussion Board: Assess the current educational landscape.30
Week 2Discussion Board: Reflect on the teacher-leader mission.3021 Hours
Week 3Discussion Board: Discuss research organization.30
Week 3Assignment: Examine AOEU student research scenarios.5018 Hours
Week 4Discussion Board: Identify possible areas of interest for Capstone Research30
Week 4Assignment: Create an outline for the capstone research project5026 Hours
Week 5Discussion Board: Unpack capstone research requirements.30
Week 5Assignment: Compose a 3-5 page introduction to your research.5018 Hours
Week 6Discussion Board: Share 3-5 themes from the current literature for the selected topic area.30
Week 6Assignment: Create an annotated bibliography, a literature map, or a thematic outline.5021 Hours
Week 7Discussion Board: Further your research.30
Week 7Assignment: Write an introduction and one theme of the literature review.5019 Hours
Week 8Discussion Board: Reflect on the teacher-leader journey.30
Week 8Assignment: Complete the remaining components of the literature review.5016 Hours
Total620152 Hours

Evaluation Method

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates and progress through the course content in numerical order. All activities including discussion board posts, peer responses, and assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.

Participant grades are always available in the online grade book inside the LMS. It is the participant’s responsibility to check the online grade book frequently and contact the instructor with questions.

Discussion Boards

Participants interact, collaborate, and share information on discussion boards. Each participant posts an initial contribution, addressing required discussion board questions, and reads and responds to peer posts as required. Participants have two days after the discussion board due date to read and respond to each other’s posts. All discussion boards are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.


Assignments are completed by course participants, addressing required criteria detailed in the course. All assignments are submitted to the instructor inside the LMS. All assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.


At the end of this course, participants will create a final portfolio of coursework that demonstrates a holistic view of learning.

Course Policies

It is important for participants to review all of AOEU’s Course Policies. Contact your instructor with questions.

Drop Policy

Students are eligible to drop a course and receive 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of a course. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Students are eligible for a 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the last day of the course. Withdrawal requests made after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of the course will be documented as a formal withdrawal (W) on the student record. Withdrawal requests after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) of the course end date will not be accepted. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Late Work

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates. All submissions are time stamped in the LMS. Weekly assignment extensions must be preapproved by the instructor. Unexcused late work will result in a point deduction in accordance with the grading rubric. See AOEU’s Course Progress Policy.

Grading Scale

Letter GradePercentageGPA

See AOEU’s Grading Policy

Academic Integrity

The Art of Education University believes academic integrity is essential in order to maintain the validity of all grades earned and to protect the integrity of the university and all of its students and graduates. Therefore, AOEU adheres to the highest standards when it comes to scholarly work.

All work submitted and/or presented by students must be original and must properly cite all outside inspiration. Original cited work includes, but is not limited to, individual and group assignments in written, oral, and electronic forms, as well as any artistic creations. See the Academic Integrity Policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Art of Education University is committed to providing applicable provisions for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To receive disability services at The Art of Education University, the student must submit an Accommodation Request Form for review. The Dean of Student Services and Head of Compliance will review all applications and respond privately. See the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy.


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