Art Education

Coordinators: Peter Appelbaum, Ph.D, Art Education Director and Robert Mauro, M.F.A., Art Coordinator

Master's Degrees and Teacher Certification

About the Art Education Master's Degree Program

The program is designed to allow students seeking a master’s degree to earn a certification in art (K–12) concurrently. The degree is not required for certification, and certification requirements may vary based on academic experience. See Certification Requirements.

Specific Admissions Requirement: In addition to the general admission requirements, students must have a portfolio review. Students with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts are exempt from this requirement. Arrangements for the portfolio review can be made in the Office of Enrollment Management. Students must have appropriate prerequisites for any Fine Arts studio courses taken at the graduate level.

Degree Requirements

(Minimum of 30 credits). The degree program must be planned with an adviser to ensure that degree and/or certification requirements are satisfied. Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program should consult with both an adviser in the Art program as well as an adviser in the School of Education.

Art Education Concentration

1. Foundation Courses (6–9 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following: ED 501–510

2. Concentration Courses (15 credits)

  • AE 400 The Uses of Theory in Art Education
  • AE 408 Curriculum Design in Art Education
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 601 Literacy Foundations

3. Electives (3–9 credits): Electives in Fine Arts and/or Education may be chosen with the advice of the program coordinator and approval of the Art and Design Department.

4. Culminating Activity: ED 596 - Arranged in consultation with the adviser at the time of completing the Degree Candidacy Application.

Teacher Certification: Art Education K-12

Pennsylvania Instructional Teacher Certification (variable credit depending on previous academic credentials and courses successfully completed at other academic institutions)

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • ED 512 Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Settings
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years
  • ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent & Content Literacies
  • ED 614 Art Education & Inclusive Practice
  • ED 622 Teaching Multilingual & Multicultural Literacies
  • AE 400 The Uses of Theory in Art Education
  • AE 408 Curriculum Design in Art Education
  • ED 474 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Art Education K–12 (6 credits; credits not applicable to master’s degree) or ED 583B Fieldwork (for students holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate) (3 credits; credits not applicable to master’s degree)

Additional Certification Requirements

1. Completion of all subject area coursework required to meet the general and specific certification standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This will be determined by the program coordinator.

2. A grade of “B” (3.0) or better in the Graduate Student Teaching Practicum

3. Completion of all Praxis examinations is required prior to enrolling for the Student Teaching Practicum. Praxis II - Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511). Qualifying Score: 150; Art: Content Knowledge (10134). Qualifying Score: 158

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