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Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Art Education from the Art of Education University is a highly customizable 36-credit graduate level program. It has been designed with the working Art Educator in mind with ridiculously relevant and meaningful courses and programming!

Upon acceptance into the program, your journey begins! You’ll begin by taking four required 500-level core courses (12 credits) and choosing from a menu of elective courses (15 credits). These courses can be taken in tandem, and in any order.

After completing your 500-level core and elective courses, you are eligible to take the Capstone Readiness Exam. Successful completion of this exam will unlock your final two 600-level core courses, Mission of Teaching and Capstone Research.


Personalized Timelines

You should be able to earn a higher degree without sacrificing your career or family life. At AOEU, you can take courses on your own time.

Once admitted into AOEU’s MA program you will be assigned an Academic Advisor who can help you plan your perfect timeline and curricular path.

View sample timelines: the recommended 2-year timeline or a more relaxed 4-year timeline.


Program Outcomes

The Master of Arts in Art Education engages students as they:

  • Research and evaluate art education pedagogy while designing dynamic curricula.
  • Evaluate and plan assessment strategies that authentically measure student engagement and teacher effectiveness.
  • Reflect upon classroom management strategies while integrating methods specific to the art room.
  • Strategize ways to dynamically deliver art-specific content to contemporary students.
  • Demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills while shaping a professional mission.
  • Conduct meaningful and valuable research in the field.
  • Evolve as an artist/educator/researcher through meaningful practice and reflection.

Course Descriptions

When pursuing a Master of Arts in Art Education from The Art of Education University you will curate a meaningful program specific to your needs and interests. You will enroll in our Core courses, but also have the freedom to choose from a selection of 15 elective credits. There are so many options!

Core Courses


Proctored Events

There are two proctored events during your journey through the program: the Capstone Readiness Exam and the Capstone Research Presentation.

Capstone Readiness Exam

After completing all prerequisite courses, you are ready to register for the Capstone Readiness Exam. You must pass this assessment to unlock access to your final two courses in the program: Mission of Teaching and Capstone. For this exam, you will prepare and present a video in which you respond to key questions from the field. Don’t worry! Your prerequisite course experience has prepared you well for this step!

Capstone Research Presentation

The final step of your MA degree experience is sharing your work! In the Capstone Research course you will prepare and write a timely research paper, and then present it to your instructor and peers in a live, virtual classroom. This serves as the final celebration of learning in AOEU’s master’s degree program.

University for Life

Today, you’re looking for a degree. But tomorrow becoming the best art teacher you can be might look like listening to a podcast, attending a conference, or logging relevant PD hours. AOEU is your university for life supporting you throughout your entire career.