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The Master in Art, Art Education Option is a 32-hour program blending online courses with intensive studio experiences designed to strengthen the development of certified art teachers and allow them to engage in professional development and graduate studies. The program meets for one week during the summer at the EIU campus for the studio art components of the degree. This program is designed to allow the practicing art teacher to complete a degree in two years. The art education option does not lead to teacher licensure. Benefits of this online program include the following:

  1. The online courses allow you the opportunity to continue to work as a professional and earn the MA in Art, Art Education Option.
  2. You are not limited by geographic proximity to EIU.
  3. The tuition costs for taking EIU online courses are the same for residents and non-residents of the State of Illinois.
  4. Studio courses are designed as one week of immersive work at EIU followed by independent work at home. 

Degree Requirements:

The Master of Arts in Art, Art Education Option consists 32-31 semester hours. All candidates in the art education option are required to complete a master’s research project. After completing ART 5500, Current Trends in Art Education and ART 5800, Research Methods in Art Education, students will enroll in ART 5970, Individualized Study in Art Education and complete an independent research project that documents a substantial application of art education theory and practice. The research project may involve historical, philosophical, empirical, or curricular topics. All candidates are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination of the completed research project in the final term.

Art Education Coursework Online

  • ART 5500 - Current Trends in Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5506 - Artistic Development: Contemporary Perspectives on Artistic Learning from Birth through Adulthood. Credits: 3
  • ART 5510 - Curriculum Design & Assessment in Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5515 - Art, Culture, & Community: Alternative Sites for Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5520 - Creative Technology in Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5800 - Research Methods in Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5970 - Individualized Study in Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5989 - Media & Methods. Credit: 1 (May be repeated twice)

  Total 20-21 hrs.

Art History Coursework Online

  6 semester hours of coursework selected from the following:

  • ART 5785 - Navigating the Virtual Museum. Credits: 3
  • ART 5786 - Special Topics in Art History. Credits: 3

  Total 6 hrs.

Studio Coursework (1 one week intensive studio per summer)

  • ART 5563 - Printmaking Techniques. Credits: 3
  • ART 5574 – Impressions in Clay. Credits: 3
  • ART 5613 – Investigating the Figure. Credits: 3
  • ART 5804 – Fiber Structures. Credits: 3

  Total 6 hrs.

Admission requirements:

For admission to the Master of Arts in Art, Community Arts Option, the following departmental, graduate and university requirements will need to be met.

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  • Have taught for two years.
  • Provide an official transcript verifying the degree, grade point average and date of degree completion.
  • Meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Have a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or have a 2.75 GPA for the last 60 hours of graded academic work.  Course work taken as a post-baccalaureate student may be considered in the computation of the GPA.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from principals, supervisors or others who can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional performance.

 The Department of Art does not require an admissions test (GRE, MAT, GMAT).

International Students:

International students must meet English proficiency requirements (TOEFL or 550 or better, Level 9 Certificate from an ELS Language Center in the United States).