The Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching prepares students to become critical teachers of visual culture and fulfills requirements for certification in the State of Illinois for K-12 Art Education. The MA in Teaching curriculum connects theoretical knowledge, everyday experiences, social critique, and creative expression through structured and sequenced coursework, field experience, research, and thesis production.

Students begin their coursework with seminars that investigate connections between experiences inside and outside of public schooling within a larger framework of cultural and historical analysis. These seminars provide a common ground for students to understand art, education, and curricula as both products of history and potential sites for cultural change. In the following semesters, MA in Teaching students apply their curriculum development experience through fieldwork in established elementary and secondary programs. In addition, MA in Teaching students pursue relevant research and praxis that culminates in the production of a master's thesis.

In their final semester of study, MA in Teaching students engage in action research while student teaching in K-12 schools. Through a series of critical lessons, MA in Teaching students focus on the interactive context between individuals and society, and attempt to help K-12 students understand, critique, and challenge how individuals, institutions, and social practices are inscribed in power differently. Thus, the process of student teaching is combined with meaningful research and critical praxis. Students present their research findings during a public presentation at the end of their apprentice teaching.

Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the master's level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions, while the academic areas complement this with the thesis abstracts publication. This thesis abstract collection gathers and showcases thesis research undertaken in six programs: Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy; Master of Arts in Art Education; Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History; Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling; Master of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Science in Historic Preservation.

Thesis Abstracts

Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the masters level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions. The academic areas complement this with the publication of students' theses.

The SAIC Thesis Repository contains theses submitted since November 2013.

Theses submitted prior to November 2013 are listed in the Flaxman Library catalog.