The foundation for the master’s project is the teaching/learning inquiry undertaken by the Art of Teaching students throughout their time in the program. Documentation, which culminates in the master’s oral, is collected in portfolio format and includes longitudinal records and reflective journals of work with children and teachers; descriptions of children and their work; descriptions of curriculum and activities developed and used with children; reflections on teaching practice; bibliographies of children’s literature and professional literature; and critiques and integrations of theory.
Upon completion of course work, fieldwork and student-teaching requirements, master’s candidates prepare a final project in their last semester in the program to be presented orally to a review panel made up of Sarah Lawrence Art of Teaching faculty, their peers, invited undergraduate liberal arts faculty, and supervising teachers. Students share their projects with their peers in preparation for presenting to the final review panel. The criteria for evaluating the master’s project are jointly established by students and faculty.