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Arts Education, Art Concentration (MEd) (non-licensure)

Program Objectives

The Master of Education in Arts Education, Art Concentration is a non-licensure degree program designed to develop excellence in teaching and creative practice among teachers and community workers in the discipline of visual art. Graduates of the program can expect to gain a deeper understanding of effective art teaching practices that they can apply directly in their workplace, as well as a deeper engagement with the content of their creative discipline as artists. **

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Program Description

The curriculum for the Master of Education in Arts Education, Art Concentration seeks to further develop excellence in teaching through a core of arts pedagogy courses, while also allowing for deep engagement with creative practice in art through content courses. The Arts Education core requirements, which are shared by students in both the art and music concentrations, have an emphasis on arts pedagogy, and enhance an understanding of best teaching practices in any arts classroom. The courses study dominant current trends in pedagogical theory and methods in the arts, and place a strong emphasis on practical application in a classroom setting. The content area coursework is flexible, and should be customized to suit your own teaching and artistic emphasis; these courses are selected to deepen one’s content knowledge and creative practice in visual art.

Requirements and Curriculum

Required Core Courses (9 credits)
CRAR 9060 - Foundations of Creative Arts Integration Research
CRAR 9070 - Creative Arts Curriculum Development and Applications
EDUC 9510 - Capstone: Implementation of Best Practices

Art Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Select four courses in ART in consultation with your program advisor from among the following:
ART 7013 – Book Making as Art and Craft
ART 7016 – The Mask and the Maker
ART 7021 – Introduction to Encaustic Art: Contemporary Practice
ART 7xxx – Projects in Eco-Art Materials
ART 7xxx - Printmaking
ART 8100 - Mixed-Media Encaustic Art
ART 8146 – Technology in the Art Studio
ART 8150 – Advanced Graduate Studio Art
ART 8500 - Art and Human Development
ART 9090 – Art Presentation
ART courses numbered 7000 - 9999

Creative Arts Pedagogy Electives (6 credits)
Select two additional creative arts pedagogy courses from the following in consultation with your advisor. A course can count as both a Pedagogical Elective and a Visual Art Concentration course, but the credits cannot be counted twice for the overall program requirement of 36 credits:
ART 8146 - Technology in the Art Studio
ART 8500 - Art and Human Development
CRAR 7xxx – Differentiated Instruction in the Arts Classroom
CRAR 8145 - Celebrating Diversity through the Arts

Free Elective Courses (9 credits)
Select at least three courses numbered 7000-9999 in ART, CRAR, EDUC, EDLM, MUSC, SPED or another area in consultation with your program advisor.

Note: **For students who will be seeking professional licensure in Art through the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, the four ART-prefix courses in the Art Concentration should satisfy the licensure requirements for content courses in Art. Please verify all specific licensure questions with DESE.

Program at a Glance


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 arts area such as visual arts or music
  • 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


Online, hybrid, and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 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 MEd in Arts Education, Art Concentration will assist practicing art educators to develop advanced skills in teaching and pedagogical practice, and will enhance their artistic expertise across a range of art media. While non-licensure, the program is designed to support teachers who hold an initial license in their individual applications for professional licensure through DESE, and all of our recent graduates who have sought professional licensure have met with success. For teachers already holding professional licensure, the program can assist them in other aspects of career advancement, such as becoming lead teachers, mentors, or curriculum specialists in their schools.

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