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Welcome to Art Education/Art Therapy Program Area

Art Education was established in 1927 under the directorship of Dr. Jane Betsy Welling, a charismatic professor, who believed in the value of art in everyday life, in the discovery and learning of all people, and service to the community. Today, our programs strive to provide  coursework that is grounded in current research, and taught by instructors with a passion for their work.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in two different program areas: Visual Arts Education (VAE), and Art Therapy. In VAE, students may earn a bachelor’s degree (BS) and initial certification in visual arts education, a master’s degree in Art Education (M.Ed.) for individuals who are already certified art teachers. For students holding fine arts degrees who desire a master’s degree and initial certification, a master of arts in teaching degree (MAT) is available, or post-bachelor’s certification. An M.Ed degree is also offered for students interested in becoming art therapists. For students wishing to become art therapists as well as counselors, a Master of Arts  (MA) in counseling with concentration in art therapy combines these two professional preparations. A doctoral program is also available for those wishing to further their studies in Curriculum, or Policy areas.


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College of Education 2014 Teacher Certification Information Session - RSVP Today!
September 2 2014
Education, College of
If you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Education and would like to become a certified teacher, we invite you to attend an information meeting to learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Post-Bachelor Certification Programs at WSU. Attendees must possess or be within one year of completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university. 2014 Meeting Schedule: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Room 441 (Dean’s Conference Room) COE 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Room 10 COE 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 - Room 10 COE 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
College of Education High Five Literacy Program
September 2 2014
College of Education
College of Education High Five Literacy Program LOOKING FOR HELP IN READING AND WRITING FOR YOUR CHILDREN? The High Five Literacy Program at Wayne State University is open to students in grades 1-8.  The program will provide FREE tutoring in reading and writing skills on Wednesdays from October 2014 through April 2015.  Tutors are graduate students completing a master’s program in reading under the supervision of faculty in the Reading, Language, and Literature Program.   To Enroll in the High Five Literacy Program Contact Renee at 313-577-1742, who will send an application form or download the form click on link for more information and download an application: http://coe.wayne.edu/ted/reading/tutoring_program.php   Attendance in the program on a regular basis will benefit both your child and the tutor.    Two (2) or more absences will result in your child being withdrawn for the program.  It is the parent or guardians responsibility to call and report absences.        APPLICANTS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM WILL BE CONTACTED BY PHONE WITH THE STARTING DATE.  Due to overwhelming responses, we will be unable to contact each parent of applicants.  The program can accommodate a limited number of students, therefore, students will be selected on a first-come, first serve basis.  Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list until the next opening is available for the 2014-2015 school years.  Applicants must reapply each school year.   Where is Program Located? Sessions will be held at Wayne State University’s (Downtown Detroit Location) College of Education.  Transportation to and from tutoring sessions is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.   Parking is available in Parking Structure No. 2, located on Anthony Wayne Drive, for $7.00.  There is often metered street parking available as well   The dates for the program are as follows: Beginning October 2014 – April 2015 Times 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR CHILD IS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM!  
Apply Now for the 2014 Fall Art Therapy Workshop
September 2 2014 at 12:00 PM
Community Arts Bulding
An art therapy 10-week workshop for children and adults, and a practicum experience for graduate art therapy students, supervised by faculty members who are registered art therapists.
Success Track School Supply Drive
September 2 2014 at 2:00 PM
Education, College of
The Success Track Learning Community in the College of Education will be hosting a school supply drive for local children in need through the Michigan Friends of Education: Operation Kid Equip. There will be bins located in the lobby of the College of Education on Thursday, August 28th and Tuesday, September 2nd. A bin will also be in 489 COE until Friday, September 12th.  Suggested items to donate include: Crayons Pencils Pens Markers (washable) Scissors (blunt-tip) Rulers Glue Sticks Erasers Backpacks We look forward to seeing you there!
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