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Art Education, Master of (M.A.E.)

Danielle Shutt
Program Coordinator

Admission requirements summary

Art Education, Master of (M.A.E.)

of entry:


Jan 15

GRE (required if GPA is below 3.0) and/or Praxis I recommended
Special requirements:
Please see for details on the application process.

Through engagement with theory, research and emerging technologies, the Master of Art Education program prepares art educators to be mindful professionals who are active in the field of art education.

The Master of Art Education offers two specific tracks. One track is for teachers who are already licensed and who wish to deepen their understanding of art education. The second is for people who hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn both a master’s degree in art education and a teaching license at the same time.

The program includes required and elective courses and allows students to pursue their areas of interest. All students are expected to work at a high level of independence, be self-motivated, respect peers and instructors and participate in the opportunities that the Department of Art Education and the School of the Arts offer. With the assistance of the adviser, the student determines a viable structure for the content and sequence of a program of graduate studies. Such a program can utilize the collective expertise of the art education faculty as well as appropriate community resources. Graduate course work, therefore, could include both on-campus and off-campus involvement.

Opportunities for personal growth through the M.A.E. program also include the rich resources of other graduate departments in the university in the visual and performing arts, education (including supervision, administration and special areas), the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Alternative approaches to traditional thesis methods are also encouraged within the program.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Knowledge of current issues in the field. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current issues in the field as related to their development of a viable research proposal as evidenced by the Department of Art Education candidacy exam rubric.
  2. Theories in art education. Students are able to analyze and demonstrate an understanding of varying points of view regarding theories in art education through their analysis of a theorist's work. 
  3. Issues and methods of inquiry. Students will be able to demonstrate awareness of the important issues and methods of inquiry used in the field as evidenced by their successful completion of their course work and their final comprehensive examination or thesis rubric.
  4. Reflective practice. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice and action research through designing a framework to assess their educational practice (teaching, museum education, community arts programming, volunteering, service-learning, etc.)  

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