Art and Art Education EdM

Master of Education

A flexible degree that allows students to pursue their own interests, conduct research, and develop special projects in the field of art education. Designed for students with a master’s degree or equivalent professional experience who seek specialist achievement, or who wish to acquire research skills as a basis for future doctoral study. Open to museum and community educators, teaching artists, school-based art teachers, and others with a background in art education. Does not lead to Initial Art Teacher’s Certification (PK-12). Two years minimum.

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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

Master of Education

  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall


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  • Non-Certification Track

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Required Art Education courses:

  • A&HA 4080 - Artistic development of children (2 points) OR A&HA 4088 - Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood (2 points)
  • A&HA 5001 - Research methods in arts and humanities (3 points)
  • A&HA 5086 - Art in visual culture (2 points)
  • A&HA 5922 - Master's seminar in art education (2 points)
  • Three studio courses (2-3 points each)
  • A&HA 6510 - Advanced seminar in art education research (2 points)

Required courses outside the Art and Art Education Program (6 points minimum):

Students in the Ed.M program must take six (6) points at Teachers College offered outside the Art and Art Education Program. Any course that does not start with A&HA qualifies as an out-of-program, or breadth, course.

Additional courses within and outside the Program:

To be planned in consultation with the advisor and in support of individual needs and interests.

Students in this Ed.M. program are required to complete an advisor-approved integrative project on a theme or research topic arising from their interests.

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