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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education, MA

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The MA with a major in art education offers three separate program options and an urban art education studies concentration. All three options and the concentration require applicants to have completed a bachelor’s degree in the visual arts or a related field, to be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School, and to have submitted GRE scores. Additional background requirements depend on the option the applicant intends to pursue, as follows:

  • Option 1: art education is designed to enhance the knowledge and expertise of practicing teachers. The program combines theory, practice and research in an effort to develop leaders in the field and requires that applicants have a valid teaching certificate in art.
  • Option 2: art museum education is designed for those who desire careers as educators in an art museum. The program looks at theories and practices that have impacted art museum education and combines the graduate degree with art museum education certification. Option 2 applicants must have a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of art history, of which 6 must be advanced.
  • Option 3: teacher certification is designed for those who wish to obtain EC–12 teacher certification in art while acquiring a graduate degree in art education. Option 3 applicants must have at least 24 semester credit hours of studio work and at least 12 hours of art history, of which 6 must be at the advanced level.
  • Urban art education studies (UAES) is a concentration designed for those who desire advanced knowledge and specialized expertise in urban art education. UAES focuses on how social, cultural and institutional condition influence art participation, curriculum, teaching, learning, partnerships and programming in urban contexts. The UAES concentration places an emphasis on connecting theory, research and practice and combines the graduate degree in art education with an urban art education studies certification.

Applicants who do not hold a degree in a visual arts field may be required to take undergraduate leveling courses in the area(s) of deficiency. These courses would have to be completed before beginning any graduate level work in art education.

The MA with a major in art education requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work for completion of the degree. Because Options 2 and 3 include certification, required course work for these options may reach a maximum of 36 hours. Specific course requirements depend upon which option is pursued and whether or not the student pursues a thesis. Any student electing to pursue the non-thesis route must successfully complete AEAH 5799 - MA Project  AEAH 5718 - MA Project in Urban Art Education Studies  or additional course work in consultation with the MA advisor.

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