The Master of Arts in Art Education program has five primary objectives. These objectives are designed for each student to:
- Investigate current and relevant topics, issues, and questions in art education.
- Consider and explore the range of diverse locations where meaningful art education can occur.
- Develop the skills necessary to achieve success in art instruction, presentation, and curriculum development.
- Recognize significant historical and philosophical foundations of art education.
- Be prepared to undertake and successfully conduct research on a significant aspect of art education.
The 36-credit hour thesis program in Art Education includes courses focused on foundational considerations, contemporary issues, research design, and thesis preparation and completion within the field of art education. Flexibility in the plan of study within the Division of Art Education enables each student to cultivate her or his own personal research interests within art education, including those related to public school instruction, museum education, or community- based art education.