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Art And Art Education

Art & Art Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Our Degrees

Masters

The four master's degree programs in Art and Art Education prepare candidates for teaching, administration and research and for working in related fields such as schools, colleges, museums and community settings. Each degree route is distinctive and serves students with different interests and career paths. 

Students entering the MA Init will prepare for initial art teacher certification; students entering the MA will follow individualized paths and projects in art teacher/studio education determined by their own interests and settings; students entering the EdM will prepare for upper levels careers in art education, museum education, administration, and research.

In addition to core courses within each degree route, candidates will take courses from other Departments and Programs within the College as these support the development of their individual career goals. 

All candidates are expected to continue and expand their studio expertise and familiarize themselves with new media practices across the curriculum. 

To learn more about our Masters Programs download the MA Handbook.

Master of Arts in Art and Art Education

Minimum Credit Point Requirement: 34

2 Years Minimum
Degree level: MA
Major code: ARTE

Degree Description
This program is designed primarily for teachers on sabbatical leave, those returning to teaching after an absence of years, artists working in schools, museum and community educators, and other individuals with art education experience who wish to strengthen their theoretical background and earn graduate credit. This degree responds to a diversity of professional interests and offers considerable flexibility in course structure. Students may complete this program on a full-time or part-time basis. Minimum completion time for full-time students is 2 years. There is a five-year limit for part-time students to complete the MA degree requirements. 

In order to receive an MA degree in Art Education, students must complete 34 credit points at Teachers College and a Special Project

Master of Arts in Art and Arts Education with Initial Teacher

Minimum Credit Point Requirement: 40 

2 Years Minimum
Degree level: MA
Major code: ARTE-INIT

Degree Description
This program is designed primarily for individuals with undergraduate or graduate degrees in studio art, art history or museum studies who wish to gain Initial Art Teacher’s Certification (PK-12). Work towards certification entails the equivalent of one year and one summer of structured coursework, followed by two terms (Fall and Spring) of a full-time supervised practicum (student teaching). Students may complete the coursework component of this program on a full-time or part-time basis. However, the supervised practicum or student teaching demands one year of full-time commitment, starting in the fall.

In order to receive an MA degree with Initial Teacher Certification, students must complete 40 credit points at Teachers College.

Master of Education in Art and Art Education (60 Points)

2 Years Minimum

Minimum Credit Point Requirement: 60
Degree level: EdM
Major Code: ARTE

Degree Description
This degree is designed for individuals seeking a high level of specialist achievement in art education. The EdM is also designed for practitioners who wish to acquire more advanced research skills as a basis for future doctoral study. The EdM degree responds to a diversity of professional interests and offers considerable flexibility in course structure. Students may complete this program on a full-time or part-time basis. Students in the EdM Program may choose one of three concentrations: Administrative-Supervisory, Museum Education, and Community Arts. Students may also work with their advisor to devise their own concentration.

Doctoral

The two doctoral programs in Art and Art Education prepare candidates for research, administration and teaching in universities and art colleges and for related work in teacher education, schools, museums and community programs.

Both degree programs are distinct yet share a focus on advanced level work in children's, adolescent and adult artistic development, studio, critical theory and practice, and in studying the multiple roles of school-society-culture in shaping human artistic-aesthetic capacities. In addition to core courses within the Program, doctoral candidates take courses from other programs in the College and University as these support the development of individual specializations. 

Candidates are expected to carry out research projects either as a team member of the Center for Arts Education Research (CAER) or independently with guidance from faculty. 

Candidates will spend time in advancing their studio work and will attend seminars designed to integrate course work with respect to developing individual research interests.

To learn more about the Doctoral Program please see the EdD handbook.

Doctor of Education in Art Education

Degree Description

The Program leading to the degree of Doctor of Education in Art Education emphasizes the acquisition and integration of a broad array of artistic, intellectual and professional competencies as these contribute to educational practice, instruction, administration, research and scholarship in art education. This specialization offers opportunities to develop critical perspectives for understanding the ends, means and practices of art education across the life span and across diverse cultural environments.

Students undertake advanced research on a variety of topics and are expected to carry out fieldwork in support of their commitments. Students plan their individual courses of study with their advisors.

Doctor of Education in College Teaching of Art

Degree Description

The program leading to the degree of Doctor of Education in College Teaching of Art, while emphasizing a broad artistic and scholarly base, requires students to focus more narrowly on one area of interest.

Designed primarily for students who teach, or who wish to teach, in a studio area or undertake administration at the university/college level, the course of study focuses on advanced understanding in the studio disciplines, adult learning, and the diversity of practices of the artist in today's society.

Students are expected to carry out individual research projects within their own artistic discipline; possibilities exist for internships in college teaching in an array of different settings.

Candidates for admission to this degree should have an MFA or equivalent with clear evidence of strong academic ability; an exceptionally strong portfolio with evidence of inclusion in juried exhibitions, and in their personal statements should show serious interest in university/college level teaching.

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