Online MA Art Education

Degree Type

  • Graduate


  • Online
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The Boston University Online Master of Arts in Art Education degree program is designed for busy educators who love making and teaching art and who want to enhance their practice, advance their careers, and change their students’ lives through the power of artistic expression. Students are guided by master teachers with years of experience in the studio and classroom. The online program allows our students to receive the highest caliber education without leaving their families, jobs, and communities. Most students complete the online MA degree in 18–24 months.

At the center of our program is the belief that everyone, no matter their artistic ability, age, or economic status, is enriched by art and ought to have the opportunity to see and make it.

Going through the online Master’s of Art Education program has reinvigorated my teaching practice and gave me personal art education experiences that have made me grow both as an educator and an artist. Thank you.

— Brandon Boule, Lee, MA (MA)

This program is designed for applicants who already possess a teaching license or simply want to learn more about art education but do not desire licensure to teach in American primary and secondary schools.

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“This program has been transformative for my personal and professional growth. It has allowed me endless opportunities to grow in my practice daily, applying what I have learned into my teaching methods while working full-time as a middle school art teacher. The program’s flexibility in the courses and choices allowed on my track have been amazing! I could not recommend this program more!”

Madeline Stambaugh, Winston-Salem, NC (MA)

Though it is essential, art is not easy to teach. To unlock its power takes teachers who can utilize proven techniques informed by their own studio work. Our graduates revitalize their practice by learning to devise effective unit plans and master the latest techniques based on leading-edge theory and research. Their spoken and written communication is more focused and evidence-based. And because they know how and where to locate the latest research, our graduates stay current throughout their careers.

“I am extremely pleased with this program. It has, by far, exceeded my expectations. Through the courses that were offered, I have gained new knowledge, understandings, and skills in my field. I am amazed at how I have rediscovered my artist self in connection with my teacher self. In addition, I have built stronger relationships with my colleagues and administrators. Bonds have also been built amongst my classmates and I and I am confident that we will stay in touch in the future by communicating and sharing our ideas and findings in the field of art education. This program has certainly aided me in becoming a better artist and teacher.”

Emily Rice, Indiana, PA (MA)

The program’s emphasis is on teaching but we haven’t forgotten that arts educators are artists. That may sound like a given but we take it seriously. That’s why we created Summer Studios where our students come to Boston for intensive, hands-on, process-oriented instruction within a supportive, intimate environment. At the conclusion of this optional component, students leave refreshed and inspired, their work invigorated. Online faculty and student colleagues become lifelong friends and contacts.

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“BU has been an incredible experience, one that has helped me further my expertise and improve my teaching experience. I’m so blessed to have been a part of this rewarding program.”

Lindsey Lewis, Maynardville, TN (MA)


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Online Programs at CFA

As a teacher, you offer the world to students through music and artits history, culture, and humanity. Here at BU, teachers from across America and around the world earn degrees from a university that has taught art education for over 60 years. Our faculty of internationally recognized scholars and educators work to promote a greater understanding of the arts in society, create provocative new work, and expand access to teaching and learning. They’re eager to share their work and passion for the arts in all its forms with you.

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