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WCE Introduces Online Teaching Minor, MAT in Art Education

Sunday, September 06, 2020

UNCW’s Watson College has introduced a new minor in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL). The program is designed for future teachers and undergraduate students in any discipline interested in developing skills needed to communicate effectively in a virtual environment.

“Online teaching and learning is a rapidly growing field,” said Ray Pastore, associate professor of instructional technology and coordinator of the OTL minor program. “Our students take one or two courses on the effective use of technology in the classroom, but we wanted to offer future teachers and other professionals the opportunity to build a stronger foundation. This OTL minor will give students the tools, resources and training they need to succeed when teaching in person, online or using a blend of both methods.”

The Online Teaching and Learning minor is an 18 credit hour program that combines coursework and applied learning. Participants will learn to develop online course materials, learn about the technology used to teach synchronous and asynchronous courses, and learn how to modify face to face courses and materials for an online environment.

For more information, visit the Online Teaching and Learning minor website.

The minor is offered through WCE’s instructional technology program, which also offers a graduate certificate program in Online Teaching and Learning, a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and new eSports certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. 

MAT in Art Education

The Watson College will offer a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education program in 2021. The 33-credit hour program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in art or a related field and would like to teach art at public schools.

“People often ask if we offer art teacher licensure at Watson. WCE offers most of the school licensure areas, including music and PE, so it felt odd not having art licensure. We are glad that now we can offer the program,” said Associate Professor Christine Liao, coordinator of the new MAT program. “The program is carefully designed to provide the maximum amount of art-teaching knowledge and field experience with minimal time. I think an art teacher is one of the best jobs for people who love art and are enthusiastic about sharing their love of art.”

The one full-year MAT program combines online courses with in-person and hands-on field experience to provide maximum flexibility for working professionals. During the final semester, students will participate in full-time student teaching under the guidance of a mentor teacher and faculty supervisor. Successful completion of the program will prepare students for obtaining NC K-12 art teaching licensure.

UNCW will begin accepting applications this fall for the first cohort which begins summer 1 2021. Interested individuals can contact program coordinator Dr. Christine Liao at liaoc@uncw.edu at visit the program website.