Art education majors ultimately want to become art teachers after graduation. Students in this program technically have an art major and an education minor.
Art education majors can seek employment in grades K-12 depending upon certification. Mount Mercy art education majors have started careers at schools like McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids, using their education to build fulfilling teaching careers.
Art education majors complete observations in public and private schools. For each course in the Education program that requires a field experience this experience is completed in an Art Room in the K-12 setting, as appropriate for the level of endorsement the student pursues. If the students pursue the K-12 possibility, experiences are shared between the K-6 buildings and the 6-12 buildings. Students complete student teaching experiences for each of the levels.
Working Portfolio for Education Majors
Education students complete and organize their core assignments from education courses in the teacher education program using Live Text, an electronic assessment system used by the education program at Mount Mercy. At the end of their first course, An Invitation to Teaching, education students are shown how to hyperlink the assignments they have completed to-date into a working portfolio which remains open throughout their tenure at Mount Mercy. Students are encouraged to hyperlink assignments at the end of each term to facilitate screening submission required prior to student teaching.
Senior Education Portfolio
Students enrolled in Education Leadership Seminar while student teaching, are required to complete an electronic portfolio in Live Text. The senior education portfolio is modeled after the initial portfolio that beginning teachers must complete for standard licensure. It is based on the eight Iowa teaching standards and the 42 sub-goals under those standards. Student teachers collect artifacts from their experience as evidence of their work in each standard, and submit their portfolio for feedback and a grade. Student teachers may also share this portfolio with principals during their job search to help them land a great teaching career.
Mount Mercy’s Education Department enjoys an exciting partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University in England. Students from Mount Mercy may visit both Canterbury and London during spring break. While at CCCU students visit local schools in the K-12 system as well as sit in on university classes. During the time spent in London students enjoy sightseeing, theater, and museums. Students from CCCU visit the MMU campus for three-weeks during which they spend time in the Cedar Rapids Schools and attend classes at MMU. CCCU groups also visit Chicago for sightseeing and shopping.
The partnership between CCCU and MMU is growing as faculty will soon collaborate on course content with the possibility of Skyping, and will work together on research and professional presentations at international conferences.
Art education majors enjoy being part of Art Club. The club travels to the Chicago Art Institute and other art centers in the Midwest. They host annual events like High School Art Day and an art auction. Students may also become members of SISEA, the student group of the Iowa Education Association here on the campus.