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MAT 806 | Teaching Exceptionality in the Art Classroom

MAT 806 | Teaching Exceptionality in the Art Classroom

July 15 - August 19

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description


Course Description: 

In learning about the concept of exceptionality and the characteristics of students with varying abilities, candidates develop strategies to learn how to provide educational services and resources for students in an art inclusive classroom who need additional support to learn, including those recognized as gifted and talented. Candidates also gain a basic understanding of the identification of exceptional children, processes and procedures that determine student eligibility for special services, and current legislation as it relates to individuals with exceptionalities. 

This course is designed to include 15 hours assigned field work. Participants will be asked to submit documentation of applied field work in their professional placements, or in lieu of this, they may elect to prepare a course for MECA Continuing Studies Fifteen hours minimum of assigned fieldwork is required for successful completion of this course.


July 15 - August 19







Participants in this course seeking college credit must submit proof of having earned 60 college credits OR possession of a Bachelor’s Degree or higher OR a State Teaching Certificate (unofficial copies are acceptable; official transcripts would be required of anyone enrolling in the full MAT graduate program)



Heather Nunez-Olmstead is an artist-educator who has decades of walking with students on inclusive Art Learning journeys in the Art room and beyond, as well as engaging in Arts-integrated methods across disciplines in grades Pre-K through Higher Education. Her teaching focus is on educational equity and access, and she is well versed in creating meaningful Arts experiences across instructional modalities, and for a variety of learners. She holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Art Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, as well as a Master’s in Curricular & Instructional Strategies from the University of New England. Heather is currently teaching Arts-Integration and Education at the University of Maine Presque Isle. In addition to teaching, Heather is a painter and mixed-media artist, whose work focuses on what we hold sacred as a culture.


To register for this class please call the registrar Anne Dennison at 207.699.5054

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