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EIU Online MA in Art

MA in Art Education Options

The Masters in Art, Art Education Option is a part-time 33 hour program blending online courses with intensive studio experiences designed to strengthen the development of licensed art teachers and allow them to engage in professional development and graduate studies. The program meets for eight days 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 certification.


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 eight days of immersive work at EIU preceeded or followed by independent work at home.



The Department of Art 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).


Degree Requirements:

All candidates for the online degree program must have licensure in art and complete a minimum of 33 semester hours. All candidates in the art education option are required to complete a master’s research project. After completing ART 5500, Foundations of Art Education and ART 5800, Research Methods in Art Education, students will enroll in ART 5970, Independent Study in Art Education and complete an independent research project that documents a substantial application of art education theory and practice. 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 - Foundation of Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5505 – Artistic Development & Learning: Contemporary Perspectives on Artistic Learning from Preschool through Adulthood Credits: 3
  • ART 5510 - Assessment & Curriculum Design in Art Education. Credits: 3
  • ART 5800 - Research Methods 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 5970 - Independent Study in Art Education. Credits: 3

Total 20-21 hrs.


Art History Coursework Online

6 semester hours of coursework selected from the following: 

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

Total 6 hrs.

Studio Coursework on Campus (8 day intensive on campus studio per summer)

  • ART 5563 - Printmaking Techniques. Credits: 3
  • ART 5574 - Impressions in Clay. Credits: 3
  • ART 5602 - Methods in Digital Media. Credits: 3
  • ART 5625 - Methods in Water Media. Credits: 3
  • ART 5613 - Investigating the Figure. Credits: 3
  • ART 5675 - Creative Casting. Credits: 3
  • ART 5804 - Fiber Structures. Credits: 3

Total 6 hrs.

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for degree candidacy for the degree program and option, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  • Provide an official transcript verifying the degree, grade point average and date of degree completion.
  • Verify licensure in art education.
  • 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 principles, supervisors or others who can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional performance.

The art department does not require an admissions test (GRE, MAT, GMAT, portfolio or written statement).

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). See International Students and Scholars website


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

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