MA in Art Education

The Master of Arts in Art Education program is designed for teachers who already have state licensure or for individuals who are interested in the field of art education for reasons other than teaching licensure. Students design an individual course of study by selecting a combination of art education, liberal arts, and studio art classes.

The program allows students to concentrate on individually selected areas of study that include developing methods that teach children and adolescents to think visually and to create art that has personal meaning in schools, museums, or community settings.

The School of Visual Arts is pleased to also offer an online Master of Arts in Art Education for experienced teachers who are unable to relocate. Please refer to our website for additional information.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop one or more areas of expertise that include the enhancement of teaching skills, studio practice, and understanding of contemporary issues in art education.
  • Further their abilities to design a complex, developmentally appropriate curriculum that responds to the needs of diverse learners.
  • Engage successfully in collaborative learning, including critique and class discussions, according to criteria specific to the activities.
  • Develop professional leadership skills grounded in the knowledge of the history of art and art education, and related contemporary policies and practices.
  • Develop a scholarly writing and research practice that culminates in a capstone qualitative research project.

Art Education Curriculum

This program requires completion of 32 credits in continuous, sequential semesters, and generally takes two years to complete.

Art Education courses (select 3 from CFA AR 558, AR 551+AR 552, AR 586, AR 565) 12 cr
3 Studio or Liberal Arts electives, 500 level or above 12 cr
CFA AR 890 Master’s Research Project: Becoming a Practitioner-Researcher


CFA AR 892 Master’s Research Project: Arts-Based Research and Practices

8 cr
Total credits 32 cr

Community Outreach

Art education graduate students may elect to visit local galleries and museums to gain practical experience working with students in school and community settings. While studying behavioral characteristics of the art learner and artistic development across the life span, students in methods courses develop studio lessons that include critical and reflective components.