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Become an art educator in a place that offers an exceptional program for artists who wish to teach. MECA’s 10-month program in Art Education (MAT) prepares you to apply for certification in all the states and Canadian provinces that participate in the Interstate Teaching Compact. The Art Ed (MAT) program includes student teaching and classes in community based collaborative art and museum education—as well as education theory, history and methods.

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MECA began offering its Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) curriculum in Summer 2012. The State of Maine and the regional accrediting body New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) have granted MECA the authority to award the MAT.


Classes for the 2015-2016 academic year will begin with an orientation on July 31, 2015.


2014-2015 Academic Year Fees

  Semester Year
Tuition $8,997 $17,994
College Service $90 $180
Lab $50 $100
Mandatory Health Insurance  - $1950
Trasnscript (one-time charge) - $50

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Art Education (MAT) Application [PDF]

Students who withdraw from the college during a semester may be eligible for a refund. A refund is a reduction in the original tuition and housing charges, rather than a portion of the amount already paid to the college. The withdrawal date is established by the receipt of a written withdrawal notice by the Registrar's Office. 

  Fall Spring    Percentage of Refund                         
Withdraw by                       8.01.14                 1.02.15                     100%  
Exit form filed by        8.11.14 1.12.15  75%  
Exit form filed by  8.18.14 1.20.15  40%  
No refund after 8.18.14 1.20.15  0%  

Teacher Candidates



Tamara Sullivan, MA in Sustainable Communities
Northern Arizona University

Tamara Sullivan, MA in Sustainable Communities Northern Arizona University I am thrilled to be an artist educator, teacher candidate and bring a varied background in fine arts. I studied painting and sculpture at Boston University and after graduating I worked for two sculptors (a stone and bronze artist respectively) as an artist’s assistant. These early experiences provided me with a strong foundation in drawing, drafting, painting, hand building, stone carving, printmaking, and some metalwork. I strongly believe that a foundation in basic technical skills can open up opportunities for creative and imaginative thinking to expand. I also value the arts as a social tool and see art as a way to articulate, express and investigate difficult questions. It is in this vein that I combine my interests in sculpture and social and environmental issues.



Rosemary Ellis, B.Env.D.
University of Manitoba
I have spent the last year illustrating two children's books in Canada which gave me a great appreciation for collaboration and for the different ways that art can be relevant to children's lives. Because I have focused primarily on drawing, illustration and painting within my own artwork, this is where my artistic strength lies. However, my degree in architecture has helped me to diversify and enrich my drawings and paintings and I have learned to be an observant, inquisitive, intuitive and constantly evolving artist. These qualities allow me to create critical artwork that is at once meaningful in a wider context as well as deeply fulfilling on a personal level. Although these traits will benefit my development as an educator, it is my dedication to a process-driven attitude towards art that I hope will aid me in establishing a classroom where students feel challenged, supported and passionate enough to create meaningful art for themselves.


Heather Gilbert, B.A. 
University of Southern Maine
Almost twenty years after graduating from college I decided to go back to school to get a Master of Arts in Teaching. I have been busy raising my two girls since graduating college, as well as working part-time in offices and taking pictures professionally. My greatest strengths as an artist are in photography and design and my experience as a parent will be a strength in the classroom. I have read all kinds of books and articles on art and creativity and how important they are to personal growth for both children and adults. I try to bring some element of art into most things that I do. I love working with children and I am excited to become an art teacher. I can’t wait to start student teaching!

Simon Adams '09

Adams '09
Jackson, New Hampshire

This spring, when the Maine Legislature considered reducing the art class requirements for a high school diploma, student Simon Adams traveled to Augusta to speak at the hearing about the importance of art education. Said Adams, "Before human beings had any kind of real language, and daily survival was our main priority, people still took the time to paint on cave walls. Art is more than a distraction; it is fundamental to our species. When we are gone, it will be our art, not our test scores, that tells our tale."

Enrolled in the post-baccalaureate Art Education program, Adams was working toward his certification to teach art at the middle school level. As a result of his passionate testimony, he was invited and agreed to join the Education Committee of the Maine Arts Commission, the state’s arts agency. Adams understands the importance of looking at the world through a creative lens.

The son of a painter, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and then went on to Middlebury College for studio art. After several different job paths, he realized he felt most comfortable in a classroom and came to MECA to receive his teaching certification for Art Education. Simon is currently employed as an art educator in the Falmouth Middle School in Maine.


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