M.A. in Art Education

The Master of Arts degree in art education provides new and established art educators with advanced professional preparation in curriculum development, pedagogy, action research, leadership and advocacy in the visual arts. Designed to be completed in three years of sequential coursework, the 30-hour program includes 18 credit hours of study in art education and 12 credit hours of electives chosen from a range of complementary disciplines. The curriculum builds from a common core of knowledge and expands to serve students' individual needs and interests. Throughout the program, the art educator's role is seen as a leader and change agent in the classroom, in the institution or organization, in the profession and in society.

Delivered entirely online, this program is appropriate for art educators engaged in a variety of contexts including schools, museums, community-based organizations, alternative settings and unaffiliated scholarship. Program requirements culminate in a personalized research project and graduate thesis.

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Curriculum: M.A. in Art Education

Students should consult the WMU catalog for the art education program course descriptions and requirements. 

Art education course requirements—18 credits

  • 6510 Art Education Theory (3 hours)
  • 6520 Recent Topics in Art Education (3 hours)
  • 6520 Recent Topics in Art Education (3 hours)
  • 6530 Research in Art Education (3 hours)
  • 7000 Master's Thesis (3 hours)
  • 7000 Master's Thesis (3 hours)

Elective course requirements—12 credits

  • ED 6000Fundamentals of Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 hours)
  • ED 6360 Advanced Instructional Strategies for Elementary Teachers (3 hours)
  • ED 6700 Authority and Autonomy in Schooling (3 hours)
  • EDLD 6740 School Community Relations and Cultural Competence (3 hours)
  • EDT 5030 Educational Technology Academy: Special Topics in Education (3 hours)
  • EDT 5400 Introduction to Computing and Technology for Productivity (3 hours)
  • EDT 5410 Introduction to Educational Technology (3 hours)
  • EDT 5420 Teaching with Technology: Design and Development for Learning (3 hours)
  • EDT 6440 Advanced Instructional Technologies (3 hours)
  • LS 5160 Professional Symposium in Reading (3 hours)
  • SOC 4540 Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
  • SPED 4270 Learners with Disabilities in Elementary and Middle School Programs (3 hours)
  • SPED 4290 Learners with Disabilities in Secondary Education Programs (3 hours)
  • SPED 6380 The Application of Behavior Theory to Classroom Teaching (3 hours)

Studio art, art history, or education course elective options

Graduate level (5000 level and above) studio art and art history courses offered by WMU, whether online, hybrid, or traditional format, may be counted toward elective credit requirements upon approval of the Art Education Graduate Program faculty.

Other related graduate level courses (5000 level and above), whether online, hybrid, or traditional format, may be counted toward elective credit requirements upon approval of the Art Education Graduate Program faculty.

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Suggested Program sequence—year one

  • 6510 Art Education Theory
  • 6520 Recent Topics in Art Education
  • Two elective courses

SUGGESTED Program sequence—year two

  • 6520 Recent Topics in Art Education
  • 6530 Research in Art Education
  • Two elective courses (6 hours) in fall, spring or summer terms

suggested Program sequence—year three

  • 7000 Master's Thesis (two semesters)

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