Museum Education

The Museum Education and Administration graduate program specialization is available to students enrolled in the MA in Art Education, the MA in Arts Policy and Administration, and the PhD programs.

The goal of the Museum Education specialization is to prepare individuals to educate learners in dynamic 21st century arts institutions by developing pedagogical practices, grounded in theory, that are socially responsive, community centered, and critically aware. 

Students who earn this specialization will be well prepared to:

  • Recognize the historical, educational, social, and theoretical underpinnings that shape museums as cultural institutions;
  • Connect objects, themes, and ideas from museum collections to their communities, educators, and students;
  • Engage audiences from a spectrum of ages, abilities, and backgrounds in museum environments;
  • Become socially responsive leaders and scholars in the rapidly changing fields of art museum education and museology

Candidates for the Museum Education specialization should have competency art history, a commitment to engaging diverse public audiences, a passion for visual art, and the potential to become a strong leader.

Completion of the specialization is recognized with a transcript designation on the Ohio State transcript. Please remember to fill out the PDF icon Museum Education Specialization.pdf to apply for the transcript designation.


  • Art Ed 7100 Histories and Policies of Arts Education (3 hrs)
  • Art Ed 7735 Museum History (3 hrs)
  • Art Ed 7736 Museums and Teaching (3 hrs)
  • Art Ed 7748 Museum Education Practicum (3 hrs)
  • Art Ed 8191.03 Museum Education Internship