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Arts Education (MEd)

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.

The curriculum seeks to further develop teaching competency and artistic practice among teachers in Arts disciplines in our schools. The Arts Education core requirements, which are shared by all students in the program regardless of discipline, have an emphasis on arts pedagogy, and enhance an understanding of best teaching practices in any arts classroom. The distribution coursework, however, is flexible and should be customized to suit your own teaching and artistic emphasis; these courses are selected to deepen content knowledge and engagement with creative practice in Art or Music.

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.

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Requirements and Curriculum

Arts Education
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

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


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


On-campus and hybrid 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 M.Ed. in Arts Education offers art and music teachers graduate experiences creating in their own art and deepens their understanding of pedagogical best practices.

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