Lynne Horoschak ’66, program manager for the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations, is excited about the future of the graduate program.
“We’re going national!” she exclaimed, referring to a new hybrid delivery option that includes students completing program requirements both on-campus and online.
The Master of Arts in Art Education is a one of a kind graduate program for students passionate about educating art students with disabilities as well as other students. The four semester, 15-month program is designed to suit a working professional’s schedule and starting this summer, will offer both on-campus as well as hybrid experiences to provide more flexibility and real-world applicability.
Students have the option to live on campus during the summer sessions, giving them an opportunity to meet their colleagues and their professors with whom they will communicate with often online during the fall and spring semesters.
“Because the program has this national recognition, we have now designed the hybrid program so that more people across the country could take part in it,” Horoschak said. “We just thought because of the uniqueness of the program, that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in it.”
The exposure for the program has been gained in no small part through Horoschak’s leadership. She recently visited the Centennial Consolidated School District 64 in the Chicago area to lead a staff development workshop focused on best practices for teaching art to students with special needs.
Last summer, Horoschak was one of 50 individuals chosen by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to attend a national forum examining both arts education and special education and how the two fields intersect to provide services and support for students with disabilities. The purpose of the forum was to establish a national agenda centered on the two fields. And this August, Horoschak, with three of her graduate students, will be back at the Kennedy Center to present a paper at the Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference.
Horoschak is also the president of the Special Needs Art Education Issues Group, an arm of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).
“Because of my leadership role in the NAEA, the fact that I was invited to the Kennedy Center, and because this is the only program of its kind in the country or the world, people are interested nationally in what we’ve been doing here at Moore,” Horoschak said.
And it couldn’t come at a better time, as the number of children with learning challenges continues to rise.
“More and more children have been diagnosed with disabilities and they are in our classrooms – in self contained classrooms and included in typical classrooms,” she said. “We as art teachers need to be prepared to meet the challenges that they face and to turn those challenges into successes. Through art, we can really empower children with disabilities to find their worth.”