Master Degree

The Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education is a two-year, 30-hour degree program. The coursework introduces students to contemporary research and concepts in the art education field. While it is situated in research, students have ample opportunities for practice, whether it be through assignments or via their own research, led by their advisor. Students develop an individualized plan of study in consultation with their faculty advisor. Students have the option to write a thesis or complete a project, and a final oral defense to obtain their degree. 

At the end of this program, MA Art Education students will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking, evidence-based principles and current information to analyze situations, issues, and problems impacting contemporary art education theory and practice;
  2. Connect art education theories to pedagogy and practices in particular teaching settings, including schools, museums, and/or community space;
  3. Develop and implement curriculum and assessment based on big ideas and essential questions; and
  4. Research and improve teaching practices through critical reflection, data collection and analysis and risk taking.

This program does not lead to teacher licensure.

MA Degree Requirements

  1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or greater, in all graduate credit and in all coursework included in the program of study;
  2. Satisfactory completion of a thesis or a final project with the supervision of a faculty advisor and one additional faculty member;
  3. Satisfactory completion of an oral defense of a thesis or final project; and
  4. Satisfactory completion of all of the above within a period of 6 calendar years after admission.

View the Master of Arts in Art Education plan of study


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