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Capstone: Art Education

Culminate your master’s degree experience in this 12-week course by engaging in action research, writing a professional paper, and formally presenting your work in a virtual event to faculty, peers, and AOEU leadership.

The Capstone: Art Education course is the culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Education program.  In this 12-week course, participants will use knowledge acquired throughout the program, coupled with their professional roles in the field, to create an action research project relevant to their classroom and experience. Participants will be required to complete a formal video proposal, professional paper, and culminating Capstone presentation. A final capstone presentation is a virtual event including faculty, peers, and AOEU leadership.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.


Required Materials

The following texts are also required for ARE630: Mission of Teaching.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) (ISBN-10: 1433832178)

Action Research in Education: A Practical Guide (2nd edition): Efron & Ravid, (ISBN-10: 1462541615)

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
Enrollment in this course is available to eligible degree-seeking students only. Please contact your advisor for more details.
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 6 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $2694.00
Mon 12 Sun
May 1 Weeks Jul 23
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jul 23
Jun 5 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code

Course Objectives

  • Identify and pursue action research goals that provide meaningful scholarship as a reflective practitioner.
  • Design and apply methodology for data collection.
  • Independently design and carry out an action research project that yields trustworthy results.
  • Synthesize literature findings with action research studies and recommend future opportunities for an action research study.
  • Collaborate with the instructor and peers in mutually supportive ways.
  • Prepare and present a comprehensive capstone project and paper.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Beginning Your Capstone Project
  1. Identify action research goals and reflect on current practice.
  2. Share research topic and learn about action research methodologies.
Week 2
Designing Your Methodology
  1. Discern between qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches.
  2. Design and apply the appropriate methodology for your action research goals.
Week 3
Designing your Data Collection Tools
  1. Evaluate the differences in project type and reflect on samples in each methodology.
  2. Create drafts of your data collection tools.
Week 4
Methodology Proposal Meeting
  1. Reflect on data collection needs and determine meaningful steps in relation to your timeline.
  2. Collaborate with your instructor and peers in a Methodology Proposal Meeting.
Week 5
Data Collection
  1. Finalize the creation of materials for your capstone project.
  2. Construct appendices for your capstone paper.
Week 6
Data Collection Continued
  1. Implement your action research project and data collection.
  2. Refine your writing as you progress toward your final capstone paper.
Week 7
Data Collection Continued
  1. Continue action research implementation.
  2. Refine your writing as you progress toward your final capstone paper.
Week 8
Data Analysis
  1. Continue action research implementation.
  2. Explore data analysis and begin synthesizing data and its impact.
Week 9
Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations
  1. Consider how your action research will improve your professional practice.
  2. Conclude the Methodology chapter of your capstone paper.
Week 10
Putting It All Together
  1. Summarize your action research by synthesizing your literature findings.
  2. Recommend future opportunities for action research studies.
Week 11
Revising and Polishing the Final Paper
  1. Prepare to present your capstone project and paper.
Week 12
Final Presentation and Celebration
  1. Present a comprehensive capstone project and paper.
  2. Reflect on your experience and provide feedback to peers.

Choosing a Topic

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class Capstone: Art Education

1. Research

Reference Chapter 3 in Efron and Ravid (2019).

2. Discussion

Discriminate between the action research example articles presented this week. Which ones are qualitative or quantitative, and which use a mixed-method approach? Defend your answer.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Analyze feedback from your instructor and peers to finalize your Introduction and Literature Review. Write the Methodology introduction.
"It was so rewarding to do authentic research in an area I'm passionate about. I learned the research process and now have a better understanding when reading research articles. It has also provided the framework for me to continue research in the future."
Audra M., OH
"I mean.... you have to be pretty serious about a master's overall to do a capstone. But I would recommend The Art of Education ten times over!"
Jenna G., CO

Let's Get Started

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