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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 High Five Literacy Program
September 22 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 Download 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    Two (2) or more absences will result in your child being withdrawn for the program.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 GO-GIRL Winter 2015 Session
September 22 2014
Education, College of
Applications for the Winter 2015 class of Gaining Options - Girls Investigate Real Life (GO-GIRL) are now available GO-GIRL is an 10 week Saturday enrichment program for seventh grade girls offered by the College of Education at Wayne State University.  The GO-GIRL curriculum is aligned with national and state standards for middle school mathematics.  During the program, girls engage in collaborative and cooperative learning, working in research teams with mentors from the Wayne State University College of Education.  The program integrates mathematics with social science research methods in a single-sex, technology-rich environment.  As part of the GO-GIRL program, students design a survey, collect, analyze and present their findings. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the University campus and participate in field trips. Potential participants must complete an application and submit a recommendation from their teacher or other adult who knows the student. Applications are available on the GO-GIRL Website:gogirls@wayne.edu For more information contact Dr. Sally Roberts at gogirl@wayne.edu.  
Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) Workshop
September 27 2014 at 9:00 AM
Education, College of
WSU College of Education and the Wayne State Writing Project are offering students a preparation workshop for the Writing section of the PRE, Over 3 sessions, students will review test criteria, engage in writing simulations, experience writing groups, and receive 1:1 feedback from a writing coach. Whether you are preparing to apply to Level 2 in the College of Education or are nervious about the PRE, we can help!  
College of Education Teacher certification information meeting
January 17 2015 at 10:00 AM
Education, College of
Information on all areas will be presented at all meetings. Program advisors will be on hand to discuss specific information and answer questions related to their areas.
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