Art and Art Education EdD

Doctor of Education

The Ed.D. prepares scholars and practitioners in art and art education who conduct research, provide leadership, and teach in a variety of art education contexts. Our graduates become administrators and professors in art education departments in colleges/universities, and provide leadership in museums, school districts, non-profit and community organizations, and governmental agencies, among other settings. Does not lead to Initial Art Teacher’s Certification (PK-12).

Please visit our FAQ to learn more about the difference between degrees and other pertinent program information.

Optional Concentrations

(for M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ed.D.C.T. students—not available for M.A. Initial Certification students)

Students may choose to take a Museum Education area of focus as part of their degree. This area of focus explores the art museum as a civic and educational institution, examines the role of museum education departments, and introduces students to innovative museum education programs and pedagogical practices.

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Students who seek to sharpen their expertise designing pedagogically sound, imaginative studio art learning opportunities may complete the Art Pedagogy area of focus. This concentration equips students to teach people of different ages in different learning contexts—schools, museums, community centers, and beyond. It combines courses in the artistic development of children and adolescents, curriculum development, studio-based practice with applications for teaching, cultural diversity in art education, and special education, along with an optional art teaching internship.

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Students may choose to take the Creative Technologies area of focus as part of their degree. This area of focus explores and strengthens the relationship between art, technology, and education. The goal is to prepare artists and art teachers to be leaders in educational ecologies that interweave digital tools and creative materials in multi- and cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and playful pedagogies. 

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 If your aim is to be an art educator in community settings, you may take the Community Engagement area of focus as part of their degree. Students in this concentration take the courses below, along with other pertinent courses identified with advisement.

  • Shaping Priorities: The Arts and Community Engagement
  • Community Arts Pilot Project
  • Designing for Social Impact: Community-Based Art Education Initiatives

Open to MA and EdM students. Not suitable for MA Init, Studio Practice MA (Hybrid), Ed.D., or Ed.D.C.T students. 

An academically demanding specialization for students who are particularly interested in conducting rigorous, high-level scholarly research in art education. Applicants must be comfortable rereading demanding academic texts, have excellent English writing skills, and possess strong analytical abilities. 

Specialization courses: Art and Visual Culture (3 credits), Research Methods in Arts and Humanities (3 credits), Proseminar I (3 credits), Proseminar II (3 credits), Advanced Seminar I (3 credits) and Advanced Seminar II (3 credits).

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Admissions Information

Doctor of Education

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall


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  • Non-Certification Track

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): December 1
  • Summer/Fall (Final): December 1

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Required Dissertation Seminar Sequence in Art Education (15 points):

  • A&HA 5504 Proseminar in Art Education, Part 1
  • A&HA 5504 Proseminar in Art Education, Part 2
  • A&HA 6510 Advanced Seminar in Art Education, Part 1
  • A&HA 6510 Advanced Seminar in Art Education, Part 2
  • A&HA 7502 Dissertation Seminar

Required Research Methods Courses (4 points minimum)

Two courses minimum:

  1. A course that offers an overview of various research methods.
  2. A course that focuses on a specific methodological approach.

Required Content Courses in Art Education (12 minimum suggested points)

To be selected in consultation with the advisor.

Required Studio Courses in Art Education (6 points minimum)

Optional Concentration Courses

Students enrolled in a concentration must fulfill all courses required for that specific concentration.

Required Courses Outside the Program (flexible points)

To be selected in consultation with the advisor.

Presentation Requirement: A&HA 6999 - Exhibition Rating (0 points):

  • Exhibition OR
  • Publication OR
  • Conference Presentation


To complete doctoral certification, students must fulfill all course and doctoral/dissertation seminar requirements and successfully pass faculty review of doctoral qualifying papers and the dissertation proposal. Students are also required to offer a professional presentation. This may include--in consultation with the student’s advisor--a conference presentation, a published article, a gallery exhibition, or some other equivalent advisor-approved professional presentation. 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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