Master's Degree Program (M.A./M.S.) in Art with a Sequence in Art Education
The Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Art with a Sequence in Art Education requires a minimum of 32 hours including a master's thesis. A comprehensive examination is also required for the fulfillment of the degree.
The art education program emphasizes both theory and practice in art education. Degree candidates will be expected to demonstrate knowledge in curriculum and current practices in the field. A candidate for the degree must spend at least one full term in residence in order to qualify for the degree.
A full term may be interpreted as one semester with a class load of 9-15 hours, or a summer session with a class load of 6-9 hours. To enter the program, the applicant must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and pass a portfolio and application review in the School of Art. (Portfolios and applications are to be sent to the Graduate Coordinator, c/o the School of Art.)
Students applying to a Sequence in Art Education are required to submit a portfolio containing
- a statement of intent in applying,
- official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
- at least three examples of writing,
- documents of independent accomplishments or professional activities,
- examples of artwork and/or examples of work by the applicant's students, and
- at least two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator) by people familiar with the applicant's academic or professional performance.
All students pursuing an M.A. or M.S. in Art must complete a core requirement of three courses:
- Art 475 Graduate Seminar in Visual Culture (3 hrs.)
- Art 478 Introduction to Critical Theory (3 hrs.)
- Art 497 Introduction to Research Methodology (3 hrs.).
Graduate students in the Art Education Sequence must also complete the following:
- 401 Foundations of Art Education - 3 hours
- 402 Issues in Art Education - 3 hours
- 403 Curriculum in Art Education - 3 hours
- Thesis- 4 - 6 hours
- Elective courses and/or Special
Projects in Art Education - 8 - 10 hours
The remaining courses may be chosen from a wide range of fields which are relevant to art or education and which reflect the student's interests. Some examples are an area of Studio Art, Visual Culture, Curriculum, Psychology, Special Education, Community Art Programs, College Level Art, and Humanities. The sequence in Art Education requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate credit, a master’s thesis, and a comprehensive examination.
The program is structured to accommodate the following professional tracts:
Master’s Degree in Art with a Sequence in Art Education
Certified art educators may pursue their master’s degree on a full-time or part-time basis.
Master’s Degree in Art with a Sequence in Art Education plus Certification
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in studio art can pursue their master’s degree while working toward certification. Please refer to the art teacher certification requirements in the undergraduate catalog.
Art Education Graduate Faculty
Daniella R. Barroquiero
Ed.D. University of Illinois
MFA, University of Missouri
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Edward O. Stewart
Ph.D., University of Missouri
Linda M. Willis Fisher
Ed.D. Illinois State University
Areas of Expertise among the Art Education Graduate Faculty include: Arts Integration, Children’s Artistic Development, Critical Theory, Curriculum, Studio Production, Technology, and Visual Culture