MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING PORTFOLIO
Welcome to the SAIC MAT portfolio. This portfolio presents the required comprehensive actifacts and documentation for successful completion of the MAT program in alignment with the SAIC Art Education Department's Conceputal Framework.
Critical citizenship in visual culture
Educating teacher candidates to respond to the needs of contemporary learners through democratic, responsible and reflective interactions with art and other forms of visual culture.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) establishes and conducts comprehensive programs of education including preparation of visual artists, teachers of art, and designers, providing education services in written, spoken, and media formats (from SAIC Mission Statement). The School has a long-standing commitment to the profession of art education, providing essential education for art teachers, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade (P-12). We offer innovative quality models in art education that connect creative expression, theoretical knowledge, everyday experiences, and social critique for students preparing to become critical teachers of art and other forms of visual culture in a diverse society. We are committed to preparing educators as critical citizens who value egalitarianism, cultural difference, democracy, and social justice.
A critical citizen is an individual who is self-reflective and has a deep concern for the lives of others. We believe a critical citizen actively questions and challenges the social, political, and cultural structures and discourses that comprise everyday life. Teacher candidates have in-depth knowledge of art, visual culture, technology and other content areas to inform pedagogical theories and practices directly related to national, state, and local standards. Throughout the programs, teacher candidates explore the functions and purposes of art education and investigate connections between experiences inside and outside of public schooling within a larger framework of cultural and historical analysis. In this sense, teacher candidates understand art and other forms of visual culture, education, and curricula as both products of history and potential sites for cultural change.