The Ohio State University Online Master of Arts in Art Education is a 30-hour comprehensive program that is completed in two years. The curriculum focuses on meaning-making, critical thinking and reflective practice, emphasizing:

  • Teaching Artmaking with Meaning
  • Teaching Art Criticism
  • Designing Meaningful Art Curriculum
  • Multicultural Development
  • Assessment
  • Research in art education

Each cohort takes core classes together, developing a community of support and learning as they work together and share their diverse experiences as art educators. Beginning the first summer, students take one 3-credit hour class and one 1-credit hour non-thesis hours each semester. The second summer, students choose two 3-credit hour elective courses and/or study abroad in order to tailor their studies to their interests and take advantage of faculty expertise. Ours is the only program to offer study abroad opportunities for our online students. Please note, our program does not lead to licensure.


  • Summer 1: 7000.30 - Issues, Frameworks and Theories for Art Educators
    Critically analyze articles that provide an overview of topics for art education research; graduate faculty research; national and international issues, and research resources. (3 credits)
  • Fall 1: 7604 — Teaching of Studio Activities
    Exploration of instructional application of various art materials for educational settings. (3 credits)
  • Spring 1: 7607 – Curriculum Planning and Assessment in Art Education
    Introduction to curriculum development including artmaking practices and assessment strategies. (3 credits)
  • Fall 2: 7767 – Critical Analysis of Multicultural Art Education
    Investigation and analysis of multicultural theories, issues and practices for art education. (3 credits)
  • Spring 2: 7200.3 – Overview of Research for Arts Educators
    Introduction to research methodologies in the field of arts education. (3 credits)
  • Summer 3: 7777 – Research to Advocacy (3 credits)

Students take 1 non-thesis credit hour per semester, which provides a structure and opportunity to observe and reflect on their practice in relation to the coursework. These credit hours culminate in a final reflective practice portfolio.

Summer 2 electives take place over two 6-week summer sessions. Course options include:

  • 7708 - Universal Design for Learning: Disability Studies
    This course explores Universal Design for Learning in Art Education for the purposes of enhancing the learning experiences of students with disabilities and all learners and makes practical applications to classroom experiences.
  • 5367 – Reel Injuns: Identity and Representation
    Introduces broad range of issues, theories and practices of visual culture within the gaze of American Indians and how reaction to or rejection shapes indigenous identities, as well as non-Native understandings of American Indians. This course will explore action research practices, historical research methodologies, and critical readings.
  • 7606 – Technology and Digital Texts
    Theory and practice of engaging others in technologies and digital texts relative to art education practice.
  • Education Abroad
    Past trips have included Brazil, Chile and Finland. Students and faculty travelled to Jamaica in Summer 2015 and Ireland in Summer 2016. Want to learn more about education abroad? Check out our education abroad opportunities.

10 Things to Know About the Online MA

  1. Our students teach art in many places, from community spaces to museums and K-12 classrooms, helping redefine what art education is and what art educators do.
  2. Learning online at Ohio State gives students the flexibility to work when and where it is convenient for them while not sacrificing quality and rigor of their degree program. 
  3. The same world-renowned professors teach online and on-campus students, giving online students the same access to their expertise and the newest ideas in the field of art education.  Doing the same is what makes us different.   
  4. Learning together with other art educators as a cohort for two years helps build a strong community of art educators from around the country and the world, and provides a strong network of support and learning.
  5. Our focus on critical thinking, contemporary artmaking, social dimensions of art and art education, and meaning-making will challenge your thinking and transform your artmaking and teaching practice.
  6. As an online student, you become part of The Ohio State University community.
  7. You learn where you teach. We draw from your experience, and therefore you put concepts and theories into practice immediately in your teaching spaces.
  8. A partnership with Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, and opportunities to study abroad promote global relationships and expand art education beyond our borders.
  9. With a diverse faculty and the flexibility of an online learning environment, you can personalize your education to fit your interests, goals and life situation. 
  10. After two years in Ohio State’s Online Master of Arts in Art Education program, you will be a different art educator, affecting your students, making teaching fun again and advancing your career in new directions.