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Art Education

Master of Education

KU’s Art Education program, regarded as one of the best in the nation, is all about options. Of course, art teachers work in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. But they also enjoy plenty of other options: teaching and running programs at art museums, anthropology museums, children’s museums, community arts centers, family support agencies, hospitals, parks & recreation departments, and plenty of other organizations.

The nonprofit arts sector generates $166.2 billion in economic activity each year according to the Americans for the Arts economic impact study. Because of this economic and political impact, public sector, arts and cultural organizations are increasingly seeking trained professionals to create vibrant arts experiences for their communities.

The Master of Education in Art Education will:

  • Prepare you to advocate for the role of visual art in society
  • Engage in critical and expressive response to art, visual culture, and topics in the field
  • Give you advanced knowledge of curriculum development and instructional processes.

The program consists of required and elective courses that reflect current directions and literature in the field. Art and visual culture education draws upon diverse content areas such as critical theory, psychology, anthropology, and the humanities, as well as the more traditional content areas such as studio, art history, and criticism. While grounded in theory, the program focuses on current practices in public schools and other educational settings.

KU’s network of support begins the moment you enter the program and continues after graduation. It reaches far beyond the university to include alumni who look at our graduates as potential colleagues or as replacements for their own positions because of our reputation for producing quality art teachers. You’ll be mentored by professors who are nationally and internationally recognized artists, educators and scholars.

Most courses are taught in the evenings, weekends, summers, and online for maximum flexibility for those with busy schedules. An “optionally online” sequence also is offered.

Semester hour requirements will vary, depending upon each student’s history. In most cases there is a 30-33 semester hours required for the M.Ed. in Art Education. Students wishing to pursue certification while working toward completion of the M.Ed. in Art Education degree should indicate this on the application for graduate admission.

NOTE: The M.Ed. in Art Education is not a teacher-certification program. However, students who do not hold certification to teach art may opt to pursue this certification in conjunction with their requirements for the M.Ed. in Art Education. The Post-Baccalaureate Certification program culminates in a Pennsylvania Department of Education Level I certificate.

Sample Career Options

  • Art teacher
  • Educational programmer
  • Day care administrator
  • Educational management specialist
  • Curriculum designer
  • Lesson coordinator
  • Artistic Director
  • Festival Coordinator
  • Events and Venue Manager
  • Artist Manager
  • Public Program Curator
  • Community Engagement Director
  • Donor Relations Director
  • Exhibition Planner
  • Manager of Artistic Outreach
  • Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Teaching Certification

    *If adding initial teaching certification to program, the following clearances are needed

    • ACT 126
    • ACT 151
    • ACT 34
    • ACT 114
    • TB test


    Fall semester: August 1st

    Spring semester: December 1st

    Summer sessions: May 1st

Student Learning Outcomes

  • MEd in Art Education
    1. Analyze historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues in art education.
    2. Develop a personal philosophy based on historical, theoretical, and cultural influences of the arts.
    3. Evaluate and apply research methods and methodologies.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum and pedagogical practices.
    5. Identify how research informs advocacy, policy and one's artistic and pedagogical practices.

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