Art Education, Master of Arts in Education

Offered by Department of Art and Design

Program Information and Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Department of Graduate Studies and Research does not assure acceptance into the Master of Arts in Education - Art Education degree program.

In addition to the general graduate application requirements of the Department of Graduate Studies and Research, admission to the Master of Arts in Education Degree program in Art Education is based upon consideration of the following:

  1. Transcript for an accredited BA or BS degree in Art Education, or a BFA, BA or BS in a visual art degree program. These degrees must have a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of art/art history/art education courses. (Students with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, such as Museum Studies or Art History, will be considered by the graduate committee based upon the relevancy of the student's transcript and the strength of the written statement).
  2. All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals (not related to the applicant) who are familiar with and can attest to the student's professional qualities and academic potential.
  3. A current resume.
  4. A statement by the applicant elaborating the reasons for pursuing advanced studies in art education. The statement should be two to four pages in length using standard margins and font.

Application Deadlines are as Follows

  • Apply by June 15 to be admitted for the Fall semester.
  • Apply by October 15 to be admitted for the Spring semester.
  • Apply by March 15 to be admitted for the Summer semester.

Upon acceptance into the program the Graduate Committee will appoint a major professor. Upon completion of six credit hours of course work the student's status will be evaluated and again at the completion of twelve credit hours. Based upon satisfactory performance at twelve credit hours the major professor will make recommendations for admission to candidacy. Thesis students will need to consult the Art Department's graduate handbook for thesis committee requirements.

Technology Requirements

  1. Availability of a good quality digital camera.
  2. Students who are entering the program must determine if the computer system on which they intend to complete online course work meets the minimum necessary UNK requirements for delivery. Please check the UNK webpage for a complete description of required equipment.
  3. A strong working knowledge of blackboard. An on-line tutorial is available and should be completed prior to the beginning of any on-line courses. Check with individual professors for their requirements.

Program Information

A maximum of 9 semester credit hours (by department approval) can be transferred in from another accredited institution.

A maximum of 6 semester credit hours can be completed through independent study.

The student must complete a "change of program" form because all transfer classes will require a review by the graduate office. Any studio courses which the student wishes to transfer to UNK for credit will have the same requirements as the review of the undergraduate studio work. Slides must represent only the work completed in those graduate studios. A copy of the course syllabus is recommended.

The Master of Art in Education - Art Education degree does not lead to certification or a field endorsement. Students who are seeking certification or a field endorsement must contact the Teacher Education Department. Certification and field endorsements require the student to meet all department, university, and state requirements.

Online Program: Art Education Research Paper

The Art Education research paper option is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are remotely located. The research paper is the only option for online degree completion. In the research paper option, students will choose an art education topic and according to established criteria, write a scholarly paper. The paper will be reviewed by three or more faculty members. The research paper will fulfill the requirements for the comprehensive examination.

This program is offered online only.

All students are required to complete an exit survey during the semester of graduation or program completion.

Classroom Education Emphasis

Classroom Core Required Core Courses
ART 812Curriculum Development & Assessment in PK-12 Classrooms3
ART 844History, Theories and Philosophies of Art Education3
ART 845Multicultural Art in the Elementary and Secondary Curriculum3
ART 848Art for Students with Diverse Needs3
Classroom Core Elective Courses
Select 18 credit hours from the following:18
Select at least 3 credit hours of Art History electives:
Graduate Art History Survey I for Art Educators
Art History Survey II for Art Educators
Non-Western Art History: Selected Topics
Women in Art
Modern Art History
Cultural Studies Through Art
Select any of the following:
Art Methods for Young Children
Intercultural Aesthetics & Pedagogical Practice
Creative Photography
Seminar in Art Education
Art Across the Curriculum
Painting
Art Education in American Culture
Visual Culture & Studio Practice
Seminar in Art Criticism and Philosophy
Directed Reading
Classroom Core Required Research
ART 803Art Education Research Methods3
ART 895Art Education Research Paper3
Total Credit Hours36

Museum Education Emphasis

Museum Core Required Core Courses
ART 807PArt Methods for Young Children3
ART 812Curriculum Development & Assessment in PK-12 Classrooms3
ART 849Art Across the Curriculum3
ART 856Visual Culture & Studio Practice3
Museum Core Elective Courses
Select 18 credit hours of the following:18
Select at least 3 credit hours of Art History electives:
Graduate Art History Survey I for Art Educators
Art History Survey II for Art Educators
Non-Western Art History: Selected Topics
Women in Art
Modern Art History
Cultural Studies Through Art
Select any of the following:
Intercultural Aesthetics & Pedagogical Practice
Creative Photography
History, Theories and Philosophies of Art Education
Multicultural Art in the Elementary and Secondary Curriculum
Seminar in Art Education
Art for Students with Diverse Needs
Painting
Art Education in American Culture
Seminar in Art Criticism and Philosophy
Directed Reading
Museum Core Required Research
ART 803Art Education Research Methods3
ART 895Art Education Research Paper3
Total Credit Hours36