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Ethics and Equity for Art Education Leadership

Investigate the role of the art educator to enact change and inspire others in the community through equitable and ethical practices.

Art educators and artists have innovative leadership qualities and skillsets. This course looks at the role of art leaders in contemporary equity and ethics issues, offering multiple voices from around the world. Examine leadership fundamentals as a means of understanding one’s strengths and skills. Participants will take a deep look at the role of reflective practices and how understanding the adult learner impacts professional relationships for effective leadership. Participants will leave this course with a stronger understanding of an art educator’s responsibility to enact change through the lens of equitable and ethical practices, including foundational advocacy research to inspire others to follow their own visions.

See the full course syllabus or Graduate Catalog for more details.



Suggested Course Sequence

  1. ARE549: Ethics and Equity for Art Education Leadership
  2. ARE551: Advocating for the Visual Arts
  3. ARE553: Principles of Art and Business
  4. ARE555: Designing and Leading Professional Learning

Required Materials

Brooks, J. & Normore, A. (2018). Leading Against the Grain, Lessons for Creating Just and Equitable Schools. Teachers College Press.

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 the course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
May 1 Weeks Jun 25
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
Jun 5 Jul 30
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE049

Course Objectives

  • Deconstruct the concept of ethical leadership and how reflective leadership practices are essential in the field of art education.
  • Discriminate between andragogy and pedagogy and how both are leveraged to build a sense of community.
  • Build an inventory of different leadership styles to implement in the field of art education.
  • Assess how the role of art education leadership can harness opportunities for growth through equity as an agent for change.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Leadership Foundations
  1. Reflect on personal leadership styles, areas of strength, and growth and identify goals as an art education leader, explicitly focusing on ethical leadership.
Week 2
Defining Ethics and Equity
  1. Evaluate the role of the arts in ethics and equity. Build customized guidelines of what it means to be an ethical and equitable leader in art education.
Week 3
Introduction to the Adult Learner
  1. Examine the characteristics of the adult learner and how andrological knowledge is essential for building community. Create a problem-solving activity for use with a professional group, including the knowledge of the adult learner.
Week 4
Reflective Leadership Practices
  1. Research, explore, and evaluate a variety of reflective leadership practices. Reflect on equitable teaching practices and identify gaps and strategies for improvement.
Week 5
Cultivating Professional Relationships
  1. Analyze professional relationships and explore ways communication can foster a shared vision within the community. Create a collaborative learning tool for a professional group focusing on the importance of equity and ethics in the arts.
Week 6
Inspirational Leaders
  1. Evaluate the characteristics of an inspirational leader and the elements essential to impacting art education. Evaluate an inspiring leader through interview, analysis, and reflection, with ultimate plans of implementing new knowledge.
Week 7
Equity and Advocacy
  1. Assess how art education leadership can be an agent for change. Research and develop a presentation to inspire others to follow their own vision within their community.
Week 8
  1. Reflect on your innovative thinking journey from the beginning to the end. Create a final portfolio of artifacts showcasing learning and growth.

Inspirational Leader Interview and Presentation

A sample assignment from Week 6 of the class Ethics and Equity for Art Education.

1. Research

Analyze testimonials from a diverse group of inspiring art educators and their impact on the communities they serve through ethical leadership.

2. Discussion

In reviewing the inspiring art educator stories, find one art educator who “mirrors” you (leadership role, grade levels taught, culture, gender, etc.) and one who will “open your window” to a new perspective. Analyze your connections with these leaders in art education and how this experience impacts your leadership goals.

3. Practical Application

Interview a local leader, analyze takeaways, and present your findings in your choice of presentation style: blog, magazine article, or zine.

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