Master's in Art Education: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Learn how a master's degree in art education can prepare you for a career as an art teacher in schools, museums or community organizations. Find out the requirements and online options for this degree. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are Online Art Education Master's Degree Programs Available?

There are numerous online options for art education master's degree programs. You can complete some programs entirely at a distance. Others are low-residency programs that offer most of the coursework online but hold a few short on-campus sessions to facilitate collaboration among students and instructors.

However, most online programs do not provide for the hands-on teaching experience that is an integral part of many art education programs. If you do not already have a strong background in teaching, you may wish to consider programs that incorporate hands-on training. Without a hands-on training component, an online art education master's degree will not qualify you for certification to work in a public school. Nevertheless, you might be able to find positions in community centers or other less formal education settings that do not require teacher certification.

Online ProgramsFully online and low-residency programs are available
CourseworkPedagogy, art history, artistic theory; student teaching may be required
Admission RequirementsSome programs require teaching certification/experience and/or art portfolio
Career OptionsTeacher of children or adults in schools or local organizations; may focus on specific medium

What Does the Program Cover?

In an art education program, you will take classes in pedagogy (which explores the theories of art instruction), artistic theory and art history. In addition to completing theoretical coursework, you may also work as a student teacher to fulfill some program requirements. Art education programs do not usually include comprehensive training in artistic techniques, because such instruction is usually included in undergraduate art programs.

Some schools require or permit students to write theses on art education topics. These usually involve original research and may draw on your own teaching experience.

What Other Training Is Required?

Some art education master's degree programs are intended mainly for practicing teachers who want to start specializing in teaching art classes at K-12 public schools. If you hope to work in such a position and are not yet certified as a teacher, you must pursue training and certification separately before you apply to such a program. Other programs start from the ground up, offering training that can prepare even those with no previous teaching experience for K-12 certification.

Most programs are intended for experienced artists. As such, they may require you to submit a portfolio of completed artwork along with your application materials.

What Career Opportunities are Available for Graduates?

Graduates of art education programs can work as teachers in a variety of settings. If you decide to pursue such a program, you might choose to work primarily with children or adults, in schools or at local arts organizations. You may also decide to focus on a particular medium, such as ceramics or painting. Salaries, job duties and required time commitment vary substantially depending on these decisions.

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