All students pursuing a M.S. in Art must complete 32 semester hours of graduate credit and either a master’s thesis or a comprehensive examination. All students must complete 18 hours of core courses: ART 401 Foundations of Art Education, 402 Issues in Art Education, 403 Curriculum in Art Education, 475 Graduate Seminar in Visual Culture, 478 Introduction to Critical Theory, 497 Introduction to Research Methodology.
For students electing to complete the thesis, the remaining 14 hours should include: at least 6 credit hours in elective courses that reflect the student’s interests and/or Special Projects in Art Education, and up to 6 credit hours in ART 499 Thesis.
For students electing to complete the comprehensive examination, the remaining 14 credit hours should be earned in elective courses that reflect the student’s interests and/or Special Projects in Art Education.
All master’s degree programs require a minimum of 50 percent of the non-thesis credit hours applied to the degree to be 400-level courses or above.
Art 103: Visual Thinking: 2D Fundamentals or Art 104:Drawing Fundamentals
Art 213: Life Drawing I
Art 109: 3D Fundamentals
Art 228: Ceramics I
Three hours from one of the following areas: Metalwork, Wood, Sculpture, or Glass
Art 261: Painting
Art 300 level 3 hours in a studio content already taken
Art 155: Survey of Art I
Art 156: Survey of Art II
One of the following: Art 281: Intro to Modern Art or Art 282: Intro to Contemporary Art
Eng 101 or Com 110
TCH 212: Issues in Secondary Education (includes clinical hours) (2crs)
TCH 216: Instructional & Evaluative Methods (includes clinical hours)
TCH 219: Readings in Content Area
PSY 215: Educational Psychology
EAF 228, 231, 235 (Choose one course)
Art 201: Media Techniques for Elementary
Art 211: Media Techniques for Secondary
Art 212: Technology for Art Educators
Art 307: Art for Diverse Populations
Art 309: Professional Art Ed Sequence Elementary
Art 309: Professional Art Ed Sequence Secondary
STT399: Student Teaching (12 credits or one semester)
Illinois K-12 Content Exam prior to student teaching
Criminal Background Check prior to clinical experiences
TB test (prior to student teaching)
GPA of 3.0 to maintain graduate status