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 The Arts & 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

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Doctor of Education

  • Points/Credits: 75
  • Entry Terms: Spring, Summer, Fall

Application Deadlines

Entry Term AvailablePriority DeadlinesFinal DeadlinesExtended Deadlines
SpringNovember 15, 2023November 15, 2023N/A
SummerDecember 1, 2023December 1, 2023N/A
FallDecember 1, 2023December 1, 2023N/A

Select programs remain open beyond our standard application deadlines, such as those with an extended deadline or those that are rolling (open until June or July). If your program is rolling or has an extended deadline indicated above, applications are reviewed as they are received and on a space-available basis. We recommend you complete your application as soon as possible as these programs can close earlier if full capacity has been met.

Application Requirements

 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
 Supplemental application required (included in online application)
 Students pursuing this degree are also eligible to apply for an Advanced Certificate in Creative Technologies
 Must hold Master's degree
 At least five (5) years of teaching or equivalent professional experience
 Academic Writing Sample
 Portfolio required (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.

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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 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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