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Master of Arts in Art Education

Master of Arts in Art Education

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Program Overview

The online MA in Art Education provides the same rigorous curriculum as the campus-based program. This distance-learning program is designed for Pre-K-12 art educators in public and private schools, museums and enrichment classes who wish to continue with graduate study in the field of art education.

Licensed art education teachers who complete an art education master’s degree at Kent State University develop a focused competence in the visual arts as well as an intellectual understanding of the history and current issues of the field of art education. Students complete a course on quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and then select to do a research study with a thesis or a master’s project option.

Our program addresses all of the visual arts, as defined by the National Art Education Association, to include both contemporary art and design. Addressing both will prepare you to make a powerful contribution in guiding students in their cognitive, social and emotional development as they prepare for college, careers and citizenry.

Graduates will develop a focused competence in the visual arts as well as an intellectual understanding of the history and current issues of the field of art education. The program at Kent State provides coursework in studio practice and art history in conjunction with theoretical research in art education pedagogy. Once the candidacy exam is passed, students may choose a thesis or project option as a capstone experience. The thesis culminates in a document that is based on scholarly research on an art education-related topic. The master’s project involves research which focuses on participant/researcher studies in curriculum, classroom settings, grant implementation and/or community-based projects.

Accreditation: An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of Art offers degree programs in Art Education that are approved. 

Program Structure

  • 34 minimum credits  
  • Most courses are 3 credits—ARTE 61209 is 1 credit; ARTE 61380 is 2 credits and ARTE 61398 is 1 credit—both for the non-thesis option. ART 67199 is 6 credits for the thesis option
  • Students must complete ARTE 61101, ARTE 61191 and ARTE 61291 and 3-5 credit hours in other program requirements before scheduling the candidacy examination

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application form and fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission. Preference is given to the applicant holding a BA, BFA, or BS degree in Art Education
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Goal statement (250-500 words) that focuses on the philosophy of art education
  • Portfolio: Art Education applicant’s portfolio should consist of 25 images including their own work, and the work of their students, if applicable. Applicants must submit a digital portfolio as a single PDF file which will be uploaded as a part of their application to the graduate program
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are themselves in your proposed area of study or a closely related field
  • English language proficiency: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions)

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Important Dates


Classes Begin

Fall 2021 Semester


Classes Begin

Spring 2022 Semester


Classes Begin

Summer 2022 Semester


Courses for the online MA in Art Education cover a range of topics relevant for educators who wish to teach art in a PK-12 setting. These include theoretical and practical approaches to art education, as well as a research seminar detailing prevailing academic trends within the field.  Students may elect to complete a 6-credit thesis or a combination of a research project and an elective course in order to fulfill all graduation requirements for this program.

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State/International*
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$536 $1,608 Approximate Cost: $18,200 $546 $1,638 Approximate Cost: $18,500

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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