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Mission of Teaching

Take your teacher leadership skills to the next level by diving into this course where you will explore philosophical perspectives and research methods within the field of art education, searching for meaning both within the profession at large and within your own personal practice.

Throughout the course, you will research current issues in art education and relate those to your own mission of teaching. This course will help you to examine mentorship and how to be a teacher-leader not only in the world of art education but in your school and community as well. Your learning will lead you through the creation of specific action plans and success maps to implement in the art room to advocate, lead, and educate with confidence.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Academic Catalog.

Required Materials

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009) Robinson & Aronica, ISBN: 978-0143116738 

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)
Graduate Credits
Enrollment in this course is available to eligible degree-seeking students only. Please contact your advisor for more details.
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
Dec 7 Weeks Jan 31
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Dec 7 Jan 31
Jan 4 Feb 28
Feb 1 Mar 28
Mar 1 Apr 25
Apr 5 May 30
Only 3 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code

Course Objectives

  • Discuss philosophical methods of inquiry, reflection, and dialogue in art education and related fields.
  • Reflect upon professional philosophies and compare understandings among peers.
  • Create a mission of teaching statement while considering the implications in the classroom environment.
  • Define and develop personal leadership qualities while distinguishing personal strengths and weaknesses as advocates for the arts.
  • Create advocacy tools to promote the fields of art education at local, national, and potentially global levels.
  • Design a success map and action plan for research.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
General Education Philosophies
  1. Examine the social and historical contexts of art education.
  2. Explore resources that foster an understanding of how general education has evolved over the years.
Week 2
Current Issues in Art Education
  1. Examine the history of art education.
  2. Explore new and current research in the field of art education.
Week 3
Your Vision
  1. Reflect on your personal vision as an educator.
  2. Define your priorities in art education as you consider your personal and professional strengths.
Week 4
Your Mission
  1. Transform your vision into a concrete mission statement.
  2. Create an inspiration curation that will serve as a visual reminder to help you live your mission day in and day out.
Week 5
Teacher Leadership
  1. Explore the attributes of a teacher-leader and consider your own leadership potential.
  2. Examine the many ways to be a teacher-leader in the world of art education as well as in your own school and community.
Week 6
Mentors and Mentoring
  1. Explore the roles of mentor and mentee in art education.
  2. Write a letter to one of your mentors providing specific examples regarding how they have helped you on your journey.
Week 7
Unpacking Advocacy and Success Mapping
  1. Explore the importance of advocacy as an important part of any art educator’s practice.
  2. Assemble your learning from this class into several key artifacts you can use as a leader.
Week 8
Preparing for Capstone Research
  1. Reflect on your learning as you prepare for the final step of your master’s degree journey.
  2. Decide on a capstone project topic and begin organizing your research.

Your Mission

A sample assignment from Week 4 of the class Mission of Teaching

1. Research

Complete an “Inspiration Curation.” Search for 5-10 quotes and/or images that support your mission of teaching. Compile those quotes/images in a creative way. This activity is designed to serve as a visual reminder to help you hone in on your mission statement day in and day out.

2. Discussion

Reflect upon your “Inspiration Curation” in relation to your personal and professional goals. Share a plan for ongoing curation. Discuss your evolution as a practitioner and define your priorities in the field.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Now that you have visualized your priorities within the field of art education, you will take this vision and transform it into a concrete mission statement. Your mission is an ever-evolving document so anticipate future revisions of this powerful, living statement!

Let's Get Started

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Enrollment in this course is available to eligible degree-seeking students only. Please contact your advisor for more details.

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