Degrees & Programs

Art Education

An arts education transforms students into critical observers of the world. The primary goal of art education is not to train students to become practicing artists, but to develop their critical abilities and open them up to new creative possibilities. As such, it is a vital component of every individual’s education.

Overview

While all of our graduate programs in art education include a strong teacher education component, each degree can be individualized to fit your particular interests, whether that includes community-based arts programs or helping talented young artists hone their skills. You’ll also get hands-on experience incorporating emerging technologies in art education and gain a cross-cultural perspective in evaluating art.

Our programs are open to practicing art teachers, museum educators, and new professionals coming to art education from related careers. Here, you’ll work with nationally recognized scholars in art education. You’ll also enjoy access to one of the nation’s most comprehensive campus art museums.

 

Degrees

The IU School of Education offers the following degrees and licensure programs in Art Education:

Art Education Licensure/Certification

Course work toward your licensing certification may also apply toward a master’s degree. Talk to an academic advisor about your options.

Program Requirements

Full course descriptions can be found in the IU School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

  • Professional Education (28 cr.)
    • Computer literacy: W200 Using Computers in Education or graduate equivalent (3 cr.)
    • Educational Psychology: Choose one course from the following courses:
      • P510 Psychology in Teaching
      • P515 Child Development
      • P516 Adolescent Development
    • Foundations in Education: Choose one course from the following:
      • H504 History of American Education
      • H520 Education and Social Issues
      • H525 Anthropology of Education
      • H530 Philosophy of Education
      • H540 Sociology of Education
    • Exceptional Needs: K 505 Introduction to Special Education for Graduate Students
    • Introduction to Art Education: Z533/M101 Arts and Crafts for Teachers (field experience – Fall only; 4 cr.)
    • Art Methods I: Education Z531/M301 Advanced Methods and Materials for Artistically Talented Students (field experience – Fall only, P/C; M130; 4 cr.)
    • Art Methods II: Education Z532/M401 Advanced Methods and Materials in Art Education (field experience – Spring, P: Z531 only; 4 cr.)
      S508 Classroom Management (1 cr.)
    • Reading/Literacy: L517 Advanced Study of Content Reading and Literacy (3 cr.)
    • Student Teaching: 
      • M550 Practicum: All Grades (12 weeks/10 cr.)
      • M420 Student Teaching Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Visual Arts Major (48 cr.)
    • Studio (30 cr. minimum)
      • F100 Fundamental Studio Drawing (3 cr.)
      • F101 Fundamental Studio 3D (3 cr.)
      • F102 Fundamental Studio 2D (3 cr.)
      • Studio Art Content for breadth and depth (21 cr. minimum)
        • Breadth: A variety of classes including ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, jewelry, design
        • Depth: 300- or 400-level courses in one or more areas of advanced study
    • Art History (15 cr. minimum)
      • A101 Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr.)
      • A102 Renaissance through Modern Art (3 cr.)
      • Art History for Breadth and Depth (9 cr. minimum)
        • Breadth: A variety of classes including ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, jewelry, design
        • Depth: 300- or 400-level courses in one or more areas of advanced study
M.S.Ed. in Art Education

Experienced teachers and professional artists who want to become art teachers can develop their skills and knowledge through the M.S. in Art Education program. This degree prepares you to teach art at all grade levels. It also provides the educational foundation to pursue a career as a museum or community arts professional.

In this 36-credit hour program, you’ll learn about curriculum theory and development, multimedia technologies, art education history and literature, art education outside the traditional classroom environment, and art instruction for atypical student populations.

Classes are held in late afternoon and evening and during the summer to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

M.S. in Art Education

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Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

  • Major (18 cr.)
    • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3 cr.)
    • Z525 Philosophic and Historical Foundations of Art Education (3 cr.)
    • 12 additional credit hours in art education
  • Foundations (3 cr.)
    • Choose one course from the following:
      • H504 History of American Education (3 cr.)
      • H530 Philosophy of Education (3 cr.)
      • P510 Psychology in Teaching (3 cr.)
      • P515 Child Development (3 cr.)
      • P516 Adolescent Development (3 cr.)
      • P525 Psychological Issues in Education (3 cr.)
      • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3 cr.)
      • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies (3 cr.)
  • Thesis, Practicum, or Other Courses (6 cr.)
    • Z599 Thesis
    • J538 Practicum
    • Other courses selected with the approval of your program advisorI
  • Electives (9 cr.)
    • Nine credit hours must be earned outside the Art Education program. These courses must complement the student’s program.
Ed.D. in Art Education

Advance your knowledge and skills as a K-12 arts educator or prepare to teach at the college or university level. With the post-master’s Ed.D. in Art Education, you’ll conduct independent research on practical questions facing art educators, such as quantifying how art education affects students’ future academic achievement and professional success. You’ll also gain knowledge in the theory and practice of art education in the United States.

This highly individualized degree offers you the opportunity to minor in subject areas that include museum education, studio art, art history, and new media.

You must already have a master’s degree to apply to this program. Course work from that degree does not apply toward the Ed.D. degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

  • Inquiry Core (9 cr.)
    • The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Major (27 cr.)
    • At least three (3) credit hours must be in an inquiry linkage course. (No early inquiry experience course is required.)
  • Minor (9 cr.)
    • At least nine (9) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of art and art education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.
    • An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.
  • Electives (9 cr.)
  • Dissertation (6 cr.)
    • The focus of the dissertation is on data collection and analysis for the purpose of answering practical questions in the field. Course work will include:
      • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
      • At least six (6) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D. in Art Education

You can educate the next generation of art teachers and help develop the research that demonstrates the impact of art education on students’ overall academic performance. As a candidate for the Ph.D. in Art Education, you’ll work with faculty partners to investigate how art is taught in real classroom settings, how gender and ethnic background affect art education, and how technology is changing the way we teach art.

This 90-credit hour degree prepares you for a career as a university or college educator and researcher.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

  • Inquiry Core (9 cr. minimum)
    • The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Major (36 cr.)
    • At least six (6) credit hours must be in inquiry linkage courses, including an early inquiry experience.
  • Minor (12 cr.)
    • At least twelve (12) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of art and art education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.
    • An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.
  • Electives (up to 27 cr.)
    • This category can include foundations courses, minor course work, or inquiry course work.
  • Dissertation (15 cr.)
    • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
    • At least twelve (12) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty

Our art education faculty includes experienced educators, museum administrators, and groundbreaking researchers.

Careers

Prepare for a career in K-12 art education, as a university or college educator, or as a museum or arts organization professional. Learn about licensing or search for teaching opportunities.

Contact

For further information about the M.S., Ed.D. and the Ph.D. Art Education programs, please contact:

Marjorie Manifold, Program Coordinator
Associate Professor in Art Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3226
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8133
Email: mmanifol@indiana.edu