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Art And Art Education

Art & Art Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Doctor of Education in Art Education

Degree Description

The Program leading to the degree of Doctor of Education in Art and 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.

Candidates for admission to the doctoral program are expected to have a master's degree and at least five years of teaching or equivalent experience, and are expected to provide evidence of a strong artistic-academic background. Evidence of focus and commitment to the field of art and education are sought in a personal application statement.

Required courses in Art Education (17-20 points):

  • A&HA 4080     Artistic development of children (3 points) 
  • A&HA 4088     Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood (3 points) 
  • A&HA 4085     Historical foundations of art education (3 points)
  • A&HA 5082     Philosophies of Art in Education (2-3 points)
  • A&HA 5086     Art in visual culture (2 points)
  • Two studio courses (2-3 points each)

Required Dissertation Seminar Sequence (8-10 points):

  • A&HA 7502     Dissertation seminar I (2 points) (2 semesters)
  • A&HA 6502     Doctoral seminar (2 points)
  • A&HA 6510     Advanced seminar in art education research (2 points)
  • A&HA 8900     Dissertation advisement (0 points) ongoing, as needed

Suggested courses in Art and Art Education (up to 39 points):

  • A&HA 4087     Processes and structures in the visual arts  (2-3 points)
  • A&HA 4079     Exploring cultural diversity: Implications for art education (2-3 points)
  • A&HA 4090     Museum education issues I (3 points)
  • A&HA 6003     Critical perspectives and practices (2 points)
  • A&HA 4089     New media, new forms (2-3 points)
  • A&HA 5125     Inquiry-based art and design (2 points)
  • A&HA 6010     Writing for journal publication in the arts (3 points)
  • A&HA 5081     Advanced curriculum design in art education (2 points)
  • A&HA 6002     Teaching & administration of art education in college (3 points)
  • A&HA 6482     Internship: teaching in college/museum programs (3 points)

Required Courses Outside the Art Education Program (15 points minimum):

Students in the EdD program must fulfill TC's breadth requirement by taking at least three courses offered outside Art and Art Education at Teachers College. Any course that does not start with A&HA qualifies as a breadth or out-of-program course. Each of these courses must be taken for at least two (2) credit points.

  • ORLD 4051     How adults learn (suggested)
  • Additional ares: Teacher education, higher education, adult education, college level curriculum design, philosophy/aesthetics of teaching/learning, higher education leadership/administration, social/cultural bias in teaching and learning *

Required Research Methods Courses (6-9 points minimum):

  • A&HA 5005     Visual arts research methods (2-3 points) (suggested)
  • A&H 5001       Research in arts education (3 points) (required)

 Professional Development courses (3 points):

  • Internship linked to research (3 points)
  • Fieldwork linked to research (3 points)
  • Project linked to research (3 points)

Presentation Requirement (0 points):

  • Exhibition
  • Publication
  • Conference Presentation



Students must complete between 50-60 points in the program, including those transferred, before entering the first of the dissertation seminars. The first seminar prepares students to write the qualifying papers. To complete certification, students are also expected to offer a professional presentation. These may include a conference presentation; a published article; a peer-group presentation such as a formal seminar presentation or gallery talk; a Macy Gallery exhibition; or some other equivalent professional performance. The doctoral certification process is accomplished through faculty review; students must complete each level satisfactorily before they are given permission to write the dissertation. Candidates should be in touch with the Office of Doctoral Studies to be certain of complying with the latest procedures and deadlines.

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