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EIU Online Master of Arts in Art Education

The Master of Arts in 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 Department of Eastern Illinois University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Why Choose EIU for Art


Today, evolving technology paired with brilliant artistic minds constantly redefines what we think of as art, necessitating art educators and artists to actively seek out and apply new approaches to curriculum design and innovative methods for instructional delivery.


EIU offers you rich and sustained opportunities to achieve your creative, professional, and life goals as an arts educator.


The Art Education option is an excellent choice if you are a certified teacher and need to acquire a graduate degree for an entry-level position and beyond.


Master of Arts in Art Education

The Masters in Art, Art Education Option is a 32- 33 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 Click here for more information on this program.

Master of Arts in Community Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Art, Community Arts Option provides individuals interested in community arts education with professional development for the teaching of art in multiple settings. Click here for more information on this program.

Don't take our word for it

"My experience with EIU’s online Masters of Art in Art Education program has been nothing but phenomenal. The tuition is reasonable and the university is easy to get to wherever you live. Instructors are well-qualified, accessible and working in their specialized area. Each class has substance and is an eye opening, learning experience that will better every way you teach. I made everlasting connections with other teachers that I will treasure forever. Enrolling and getting my Masters at EIU was one of the best decisions of my life."

Paula Hendrickson, Art Education

"The online Masters in Art Education was exactly what I had been looking for. After a few years of working as an art educator, I was searching for the next step in my professional career, but I did not want to sacrifice moving my family or leaving the job that I currently have, The online degree was accessible, affordable, and incredibly enriching both professionally and personally. Through the program I found lifelong friends as well as a renewed love of my career."

Mary Ann Severs, Art Education

"I had a great experience doing the online Masters of Arts degree in Community Arts. The courses were challenging but I learned a lot, not only from the professors but also from the various experiences and viewpoints that my classmates shared. Also, the fact that I didn’t have to always communicate in real time was a big advantage since I live in Japan. The best part of completing my masters at EIU was being able to go to the campus during the summer for the studio courses. It was wonderful to meet so many of my classmates from the online courses in person, and I feel that the sense of community kept me motivated even after coming back home."

Daniel Oropeza, Community Arts

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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