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MST in Art Education Pairs Practical Knowledge with Creative Passion

Aug 29, 2017

MST in Art Education Pairs Practical Knowledge with Creative Passion

Meghan McDonough, one of the first graduates of the School of Education’s Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program for Art Education and Students with Disabilities, is teaching at The College Academy, part of George Washington Educational Campus in Washington Heights.  Meghan received a Master of Science in Teaching from St. Thomas Aquinas College in January, 2017.  She was hired as a leave replacement art teacher in Mamaroneck, New York, before starting a permanent position in New York City.

Meghan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz.  While living in California and working at Paint & Sips, she developed a love of teaching. She heard about the MST program at St. Thomas Aquinas College from a friend and decided to apply after looking at several different colleges. As part of her program, Meghan completed two student teaching placements, one at the secondary level and one at the elementary level.  One principal was impressed that the program also offered a track to become certified in teaching students with disabilities, commenting that it prepares teachers “to give all students the support they need.”

Meghan now teaches 9th-12th grade students. She has been given the opportunity to enhance the arts program at College Academy, which she finds both challenging and rewarding. 

“I really like the fact that I was able to design curriculum and reintroduce art to the school," said Meghan. “The students are really excited about learning art.”

At the end of the year, the High School auctioned off student work and the funds went back into the art program. One of Meghan’s favorite projects (pictured) was watercolors inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe.

“I felt a lot of support from the professors and they would get back to me right away if I had a question," Meghan reflected on her experience at STAC. "The program fully prepared me for my current position."

 

Student watercolor paintings inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keefe.

Meghan McDonough, one of the first graduates of the School of Education’s Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program for Art Education and Students with Disabilities, is teaching at The College Academy, part of George Washington Educational Campus in Washington Heights.  Meghan received a Master of Science in Teaching from St. Thomas Aquinas College in January, 2017.  She was hired as a leave replacement art teacher in Mamaroneck, New York, before starting a permanent position in New York City.

Meghan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz.  While living in California and working at Paint & Sips, she developed a love of teaching. She heard about the MST program at St. Thomas Aquinas College from a friend and decided to apply after looking at several different colleges. As part of her program, Meghan completed two student teaching placements, one at the secondary level and one at the elementary level.  One principal was impressed that the program also offered a track to become certified in teaching students with disabilities, commenting that it prepares teachers “to give all students the support they need.”

Meghan now teaches 9th-12th grade students. She has been given the opportunity to enhance the arts program at College Academy, which she finds both challenging and rewarding. 

“I really like the fact that I was able to design curriculum and reintroduce art to the school," said Meghan. “The students are really excited about learning art.”

At the end of the year, the High School auctioned off student work and the funds went back into the art program. One of Meghan’s favorite projects (pictured) was watercolors inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe.

“I felt a lot of support from the professors and they would get back to me right away if I had a question," Meghan reflected on her experience at STAC. "The program fully prepared me for my current position."

 

Candidates in the MST Art Education and Students with Disabilities program are prepared to teach all students in Grades K-12 visual arts and special education at their chosen grade level. Candidates complete credits in pedagogy course work, including six in student teaching.  Learn more about all the graduate education programs offered by the School of Education here