2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Unified Arts Education (MA or Post-Bacc)

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Program Director: Robert Schulze, Ed.D.
Email: Robert.Schulze@VermontState.edu
Unified Arts Education Programs (Pre-K - 12)
  • Art Education
    • Post-Baccaleaureate (29 credits)
    • Master of Arts (35 credits)
  • Music Education
    • Post-Baccaleaureate (29 credits)
    • Master of Arts (35 credits)
  • Theater Arts Education
    • Post-Baccaleaureate (29 credits)
    • Master of Arts (35 credits)
  • Dance Education
    • Post-Baccaleaureate (29 credits)
    • Master of Arts (35 credits)


Program Description

The Unified Arts Education (MA) programs provide innovative and specialized learning experiences through which graduate students are prepared to serve as Art, Music, Theater Arts, or Dance teachers (PK-12). A major emphasis of the program is understanding the distinct role of the unified arts across the grades.  

Successful completion of this program leads to a recommendation for an Initial Educator’s license with an endorsement in the participant’s chosen content area: Art, Music, Theater Arts, or Dance. Two practicum experiences and a full-time, full-semester internship are required. Candidates must have the equivalent of a major in one of the core content areas. A transcript analysis is required to determine whether previous content-area coursework fulfills all requirements. The Licensure Office or its designee will conduct the review. If necessary, participants complete additional content courses to be recommended for licensure. 

Course and practicum experiences provide practical knowledge of the theories, research, standards, and norms that affect schools and informal educational settings. The unified arts are studied as a distinct realm of creative, critical, and social learning. Careful attention is given to the development of empathy, experiential learning, and persistence. 

Participants in the Unified Arts Education programs are prepared to advance social justice, embrace difference, and advocate for inclusion by becoming knowledgeable professionals with the courage to pursue excellence and equity for all learners. 

The programs are conducive to part-time enrollment for working professionals with online courses and in-person fieldwork, which is arranged through the Teacher Education Placement Office.

The graduate Post-Baccalaureate option enables participants to complete coursework necessary to apply for an Initial Educator’s License with an endorsement in a specific area.  Wtih a license, participants may apply for teaching positions.  Post-bacc courses can be stacked into a degree program through ongoing enrollment.

Participants may also complete the full Master of Arts degree program before applying for an Initial Educator’s License and a teaching position.

Licensed educators interested in an Additional Endorsement only should contact the Program Director for information.

Program Outcomes

Students in Education programs gain both an understanding of the discipline of education and a practical grasp of effective professional practice. Connecting these two realms provides a foundation for achieving the department’s objectives for each student, including:   

1.The use of academic study in the formation of content-specific professional knowledge,  

2. The use of practitioner inquiry to design effective pedagogical strategies,  

3.The use of critical theory to confidently serve as a progressive colleague and advocate, and  

4. The use of transformative reflection in pursuit of continuous personal growth.  

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