Art Education, MA

for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education

school director: Alan Mette

associate director & director of graduate studies: Laurie Hogin

graduate studies advisors:

MA; PhD in Art History: David O'Brien

MA; EdM; PhD in Art Education: Sarah Travis

MFA in Studio: Deke Weaver and Conrad Bakker

MFA in Photography: Luke Batten

MFA in Industrial Design: David Weightman

MFA in Graphic Design: Molly Briggs and Angelica Sibrian

MFA in Design for Responsible Innovation: Molly Briggs and Angelica Sibrian

MFA in Crafts: Billie Theide

admissions: Ellen de Waard

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

school website: School of Art + Design

school faculty: Art + Design Faculty

college website: College of Fine & Applied Arts

department office: 138 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-0642

The program of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education is designed to provide advanced level professional study for students who are interested in research in art education. It can serve as preparation for a variety of careers, such as museum education, community arts, arts advocacy, arts policy formation; professional development for art teachers and supervisors in the public schools; and as preparation for the doctoral degree.

In addition to required courses in art education, students can choose electives from studio art, art education and art history, and any other graduate courses offered by the university that complement their studies or professional aspirations. Specific course selection is determined in consultation with the student's adviser. Students may simultaneously study for teaching certification but graduate credit is not usually granted for such study. A thesis is required for the MA degree.

Applicants for admission must hold a bachelor's degree in art education or a related field from an accredited institution. Admission is determined by a review of transcripts, letter of recommendation, resume, personal statement, and a writing sample.

Graduate Degree Programs in Art & Design

Art & Design, MFA


Crafts, Design for Responsible Innovation, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

specialization: New Media

Art Education, EdM

Art Education, MA

Art Education, PhD

Art History, MA

Art History, PhD

Art History Minor


Applications are considered for Fall Semester admissions only. The Art History Program requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. International applicants or applicants who are not native English speakers must present a recent TOEFL score of at least 590 on the paper-based version, 250 score on the Computer-based exam, and a score of 96 on IBT exam. Applications are not currently being accepted for the concentration in Printmaking.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience for master and doctoral students.

Facilities and Resources

Resources for graduate students in art and design include the Krannert Art Museum’s excellent permanent collections and changing exhibitions; the Ricker Library of Art and Architecture, one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the nation; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; School of Art and Design facilities, which include extensive computer laboratories, digital photography and video editing equipment, wireless networking, ink-printing facilities, ceramic, woodworking, and metal shops, rapid prototyping and laser cutting, black/white and color darkrooms, shooting studios, and a wide selection of production and presentation equipment via reservation and checkout facility. A variety of lectures, symposia, musical programs, dramatic productions, and other cultural events associated with a large and progressive university complement the Art and Design Facilities.

Financial Aid

Fellowships, assistantships, and tuition and service fee waivers are awarded each year on a competitive basis, with consideration given to the applicant’s grade point average and, in the case of applicants for the M.F.A. programs, quality of creative work.

for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate studies requirements and the Graduate College Handbook. 

ARTE 502Curriculum Development in Art4
ARTE 501Issues in Art Education4
or ARTE 505 Foundations of Art Education
ARTE 593Survey: Qualitative Methodologies4
ARTE 591Independent Graduate Studies2
Thesis Hours Required–ARTE 5994
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Candidates must spend at least two semesters or the equivalent in residence.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Certification requirements, if needed: 40-44
Minimum GPA: 2.75