M.Ed. in Arts Education (Non-Licensure)

Degree Overview

The program of study for the Master of Education in Arts Education Program is a non-licensure degree program designed to provide creative experiences in the arts for teachers and community workers and enables them to transfer the creative process to their professional situations.

Note: Students who will be seeking professional licensure through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education should be sure that all content electives have Art or Music prefixes. It is strongly encouraged that students seek the advice of the Program Chair before registering for content courses.

The curriculum for the Master of Education in Arts Education integrates the arts and the creative process in three course areas, including core courses in arts education and curriculum, distribution courses in special topics, and electives, which may include independent study or field experience.

Requirements and Curriculum

Arts Education

Program Prerequisites

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution preferably with (but not limited to) a major or minor in an art area such as language arts, visual arts, music, physical education or dance
While the coursework was important, what I found most valuable in the M.Ed. in Arts Education was the chance to meet and share ideas with other adult professionals working in my field. When I started the program I was not only a new teacher, I was the only elementary art teacher in my district and feeling a little isolated. The instructors and fellow students I met were supportive and enthusiastic. I continue to seek advice and exchange ideas with the people I met in the program. I know I am a better teacher for having shared these experiences and made these connections.
–Heidi Cowley, 2011

Program at a Glance

Admissions

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution preferably with (but not limited to) a major or minor in an art area such as language arts, visual arts, music, physical education or dance
  • A personal statement outlining the student’s rationale for entering the program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?

Delivery

On-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

33 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

 

Career Opportunities

 

The M.Ed. in Arts Education offers art and music teachers graduate experiences creating in their own art.

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