Master of Science in Art Education

Program Rationale:
The Department of Art presently offers a broad-based master’s degree which accommodates specializations in art education and/or studio arts (ceramics, painting, illustration, sculpture, printmaking, or others). Both concepts and technical excellence are stressed. The M.S. in Art Education program is designed primarily to meet the needs of experienced art educators who have completed an undergraduate program in the field. The program does not lead to teaching certification.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Students accepted into the program are expected to:
engage in aesthetic inquiry to understand their creative practice and the practice of other artists through the process of creating, looking, reading, and writing about these practices; and
increase or develop an understanding of creative idea development, direction, and production by either: a) creating a significant, coherent, highly resolved body of work for exhibition, with accompanying exegesis, (Plan C) or b) writing a traditional thesis that applies methodologies appropriate for art education to examine topics and/or issues within the discipline (Plan A).

Course and Capstone Requirements:
33 credits, including thesis/Plan A or exhibition or project/Plan C

Professional Education (12 credits):

ART 500 Problems in Art Education 3
ART 598 Research in Art Education 3
Art 597 Exhibition Research (Plan C) 3
Art 599 Thesis (Plan A) 3
and one of the following:
EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3
EDF 516 School and Society 3
EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum 3
EDF 525 History of American Education 3
EDF 538 The Politics of Education 3
EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education 3

Art Concentration (21 credits):

Department offerings, as approved by faculty advisor

Note: No more than nine credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

Degree Candidacy
After completing 15 credits of coursework, the student must apply for Degree Candidacy. The student must present a resume, statement of purpose, and a portfolio of at least five pieces to a committee of the advisor and two other faculty members selected by the student and approved by the advisor. After 27 credits, the student must undergo a final review, including committee approval of the thesis (Plan A) or exhibition/special project (Plan C). The comprehensive exam option (Plan B) is not available. Please follow the directions on the Policies and Degree Requirements page, linked here, concerning the planned program.

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