Art and Art Education MA

Master of Arts

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 current and prospective museum and community educators, teaching artists, school-based art teachers, and others who wish to strengthen their theoretical background. Does not lead to Initial Art Teacher’s Certification (PK-12). Two years minimum. 

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

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 34
  • 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

  • Students pursuing this degree are also eligible to apply for an Advanced Certificate in Creative Technologies
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Application Supplement and Portfolio (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Required courses in Art Education:

  • A&HA 4080 - Artistic development of children OR A&HA 4088 - Artistic development: Adolescence-adulthood (2 points)
  • A&H 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)
  • A&HA 6510 - Advanced seminar (2 points)
  • Three studio courses (2-3 points each)

Required courses outside the program (6 points minimum): Chosen with advisor approval.

Students in the M.A. program must take six (6) points offered outside the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College. 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 M.A. program are required to complete an advisor-approved integrative project on a theme or research topic arising from their interests.

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