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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 Graduate Catalog.

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)
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 $1347.00
Mon 8 Sun
Feb 7 Weeks Apr 3
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Feb 7 Apr 3
Mar 7 May 1
Apr 4 May 29
May 2 Jun 26
Jun 6 Jul 31
Only 3 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
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Course Objectives

  • Analyze their roles as teacher-leader, artist, 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.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Leadership and Advocacy
  1. Discuss leadership attributes with peers.
  2. Reflect on personal leadership style.
Week 2
Past, Present, and Future
  1. Assess the current educational landscape.
  2. Reflect on the teacher-leader mission.
Week 3
Ethical Research
  1. Discuss research organization.
  2. Examine AOEU student research scenarios.
Week 4
Practitioner as Researcher
  1. Review historical perspectives in art education.
  2. Identify two problems in the field of art education.
  3. Experiment with problem statements and research questions.
Week 5
Research - Ready, SET, Go!
  1. Create an outline for the capstone research project.
  2. Research 2-3 passion areas.
Week 6
Sharing the Literature and Growing From It
  1. Share 3-5 articles from the current literature for the selected topic area.
  2. Create an annotated bibliography, a literature map, or a thematic outline.
Week 7
Mission and Research in Action
  1. Identify common themes.
  2. Write an introduction to the literature review or amplify the annotated bibliography.
Week 8
Keeping the Momentum
  1. Reflect on the teacher-leader journey.
  2. Write a reflection paper.

Your Mission

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

1. Research

Let’s look backward into art education history and your history of learning in this program. This current review invites you to look at the history of art education with a fresh lens as you further shape your teaching mission. When we analyze the past and present effectively, we give ourselves the best opportunity to change the future. Simultaneously, we remind ourselves of our true passions, our teaching philosophies, our mission, and the area of advocacy we are most interested in.

2. Discussion

Identify two problems within the field of art education that speak to you personally and professionally. These issues may include historical (equity, funding, access) or emerging problems (COVID-19, distance learning) in the art education world. Once you find an issue, search for and select 1-2 resources that support that your chosen area is a documented concern in education.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Now that you have shared a topic area and narrowed it down to a specific research issue, you will submit two outlines. Each outline should include a narrow focus to your research, a summary sharing why this topic interests you and how you might research it, and at least one research article to support your choices in research (APA citation required).
"I would highly recommend this degree, and since this course is a requirement, it is necessary to take it in order to earn the degree! This class was a struggle, but in the end, it was a productive struggle and I grew so much as a result of the blood, sweat, and tears I put into working on my Capstone Research Paper."
Susan M., NY

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