Arts Integration Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Program Director: Susan J. Rotkovitz
410-704-3658
srotkovitz@towson.edu

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration, which is offered by the Arts Integration Institute, is an interdisciplinary approach to arts education incorporating a variety of art forms (Art, Theatre, Dance, Music) as they apply to teaching through the arts in Maryland’s PK-12 schools. Although Towson University is the primary institution offering the PBC, this program is a collaborative effort involving four major institutions. TU’s Arts Integration Institute and University of Maryland’s Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI) program focus on professional development for educators. University of Maryland Baltimore County incorporates the arts with non-arts disciplines and evaluates progress through the creation of electronic portfolios. Creating an Electronic Portfolio, a course designed by UMBC and delivered by through Arts Integration Institute, is a requirement of our PBC-AI. The component offered by Johns Hopkins University focuses on how themes in the neurological and cognitive sciences intersect with research-based effective instruction and meaningful integration of the arts. In addition, this PBC-AI program works cooperatively with the AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland Schools) Alliance to advocate for more opportunities for teaching and learning in and through the arts at all Maryland schools.

This program is consistent with Towson University’s mission to provide programs that enhance the teaching skills and professional development of educators.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university**.
  • Teaching experience is required.
  • Approval of program director is required.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration comprises six courses of 3 units each, totaling 18 graduate units. The recommended course matrix includes a required core of 12 units and two electives equaling an additional 6 units.

Each participant will work closely with a mentor to design a personalized program to suit the participant's needs.

Required Courses (12 Units)
IDFA 602ARTS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (TU)3
or IDFA 606 ART FORMS
IDFA 605CREATING AN ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO (TU)3
IDFA 608ARTS INTEGRATION CAPSTONE SEMINAR (TU)3
IDFA 609ARTS INTEGRATION CAPSTONE PROJECT (TU)3
Electives (6 Units) 1
Select at least two courses from the following:6
ENHANCING READING THROUGH ARTS
ARTS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (TU) (if not taken as a core course)
DRAMA IN THE CLASSROOM
INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
ART FORMS (if not taken as a core course)
TEACHING THINKING THROUGH ARTS
University of Maryland
EDCI 788F
Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute
University of Maryland Baltimore County
ART 690
Independent Study
Johns Hopkins University
881.615
Mind, Brain and Teaching
Total Units18
1

Units from courses taken through any of the cooperating institutions must be transferred to Towson University for eligibility toward the certificate award. 

1. Teachers will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the complex meanings of arts integration and proficiency in linking them with the Maryland State Curriculum.
2. Teachers will demonstrate the ability to employ principles and elements of all four arts disciplines to introduce learners to the methodologies and interrelationships among art forms, as well as to increase comfort level and appreciation for the importance of the arts as core to a complete education.
3. Teachers will demonstrate the ability to marshal the creativity and critical thinking inherent in the arts to motivate students both in the arts and in other academic areas.

Courses

IDFA 580 TOPICS IN ARTS, MEDIA, COMMUNICATION, AND SOCIAL ACTION (3)

A multidisciplinary and collaborative service-learning seminar that explores complex problems of the Baltimore metropolitan region. Includes creative projects and fieldwork with civic, community, and/or non-profit organizations. Topics vary and could include homelessness, domestic violence, drug abuse, disabilities, housing, education, health issues, and welfare. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units when a different topic is covered. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing or consent of instructor.

IDFA 601 ENHANCING READING THROUGH THE ARTS (3)

Arts experience to facilitate skills, comprehension, analysis and synthesis of text-based learning materials. Includes pre-reading skills, readiness activities, vocabulary building, critical analysis and creative writing. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 602 ARTS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (3)

Explores the interdisciplinary planning and teaching strategies integrating the arts (dance, music, theatre and visual arts) with academic subjects in the PK-12 curriculum. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 603 DRAMA IN THE CLASSROOM (3)

Provides a practical and philosophical framework for integrating drama across the curriculum. Participants will explore the importance of creative play in fostering and extending a child's natural ability to talk and imagine. Through classroom activities and independent research, the participants will identify the significance and implications of drama both as an art form (product) and as a cross-curricular tool (process). Lessons and units will be designed in alignment with Maryland State Curriculum for Fine Arts and include planning, progression, continuity and assessment. While the course will focus mainly on the primary curriculum, its principles can be applied to the secondary level as well. Uses drama in the classroom as a tool for stimulating and deepening learning in areas of the curriculum represented by course participants. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 604 INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS (3)

An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the contemporary arts and media; topics may vary by semester. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 605 CREATING AN ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO (3)

Design and development of an electronic portfolio. Includes exploration of theories and processes of E-Portfolio in the context of teaching and learning, with hands-on activities using technology and new media to maximize effectiveness. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 606 ART FORMS (3)

Interdisciplinary course focusing on the four art forms of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Art through participation in the creative process. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 607 TEACHING THINKING THRU ART (3)

An exploration of interdisciplinary planning, thinking and teaching strategies, integrating art appreciation and cognition with core curriculum in the K-12 classroom. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and certification in teaching or approval of program director/instructor.

IDFA 608 ARTS INTEGRATION CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3)

Introduction to action research project in arts integration. Includes the writing of a proposal, outline of project and research in selected areas. Prerequisite: approval of program director.

IDFA 609 ARTS INTEGRATION CAPSTONE PROJECT (3)

Implementation of action research project. Includes analysis, reflection and evaluation of project. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: IDFA 608 and approval of program director.

IDFA 610 COLLABORATIVE SYMPOSIUM: THE POWER OF ARTS IN PRACTICE (3)

An overview of theories, principles, and practices of arts-infused theories with applications for educational enterprises.

IDFA 690 INTERDISCIPLINARY FINE ARTS INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Directed graduate study through research, readings, projects, papers, and/or seminars. May be repeated for a total of no more than 6 units.

IDFA 703 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH METHODS (3)

Introduction to arts-based research methodologies and arts students drawing on their creative practice. This program-required course will explore theoretical frameworks and practical applications for arts-based research in education. Prerequisites: None.

IDFA 710 CAPSTONE IN THE COMMUNITY (3)

An extension of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration capstone experience with/through community partnerships. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration.