The Master of Education in Art Education is oriented toward teaching and research in art and visual culture education. In order to accommodate the schedules of teachers, the program offers coursework in the evenings, weekends, and summer sessions.
Admissions into the program is during the summer or fall
semesters only. The program prepares students to:
- Demonstrate understanding of theoretical issues in art and visual culture education
- Develop a philosophical orientation that recognizes the role of art and visual culture in the lives of individuals and society
- Develop a research orientation to the field of art and visual culture education
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of curriculum development and instructional processes
- Demonstrate critical and expressive responses to art and visual culture.
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PROGRAM OF STUDY: Courses are generally taught in the evenings, weekends, and in Summer Sessions that vary in duration. The program consists of a core of required courses and elective offerings that reflect current directions and literature in the field. Students move through the program through a specific course sequence, which rests within a general set of policies and procedures. These are outlined in the M.Ed. Check Sheet.
ADVISORS: Once admitted, you are assigned a program advisor. This Advisor will provide you with general guida
nce through your studies. In addition, you will choose a degree advisor. This occurs after you have taken Applied Research and made choices regarding your area of interest. Professors need to agree to take on this role.
REQUIRED COURSES: The program contains a set of courses, which should be taken in the order that they are listed on the M.Ed. Check Sheet. It is recommended that the required courses be completed by the 22nd credit. This leaves you with 9 credits in electives to complete your area of interest.
DEGREE ADVISORY: Either during or immediately following the semester that you take Applied Research, you will present your ideas to the Graduate Faculty, who together will provide you and your Degree Advisor advise regarding the direction of your research. This advisory will also provide you with recommendations for subsequent courses to assist in your research.
RESEARCH ADVISOR & READER: After first securing acceptance of the topic by the Degree Advisory Committee, all students will complete a Thesis or a Paper/Project under the supervision of a thesis/paper/project advisor and a reader. These should be identified during the Degree Advisory.
OPTION I: PAPER/PROJECT: This is the most commonly chosen option. The Paper/Project option requires students to take 31 credits. It is advised that student take a 3 credit Independent Study with their advisor to complete their project.
OPTION II: THESIS: Students choosing this option will take 6 Thesis credits as part of their program. The Thesis Option requires that students are more focused on a research agenda. Students need to apply to do a Thesis through the Degree Advisory process following the Thesis Option as part of their program,
TIME FRAME: All students admitted into this program must complete all requirements within six (6) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in the first course with either regular or conditional admission status.
- GRAD-PLUS-CERT: Students seeking certification will need to enroll in the Grad-Plus-Cert option. Students may elect to take this option before or after having started the Masters program. The Grad-Plus-Cert Check Sheet and the Certification Check Sheet together clarify this program. For more information, go to the Certification section of this website. Students can take Graduate level courses to satisfy several of the required courses for certification.
- SUMMER INSTITUTES: These one to two week courses utilize community and regional resources to provide intensive study in a specific area. For current information go to the Summer Institutes section of the website.
- BEST PRACTICE SERIES: These ARU 1 to 3 credit courses are offered over the weekend or in the summer by Masters level PA certified teachers in their off-campus classrooms. See the Best Practice section for more information.
- ART EDUCATION CONFERENCE: The Art Education Fall Conference provides a one day opportunity to engage with current issues in the field. See the Conference section for more information.