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Master of Arts in Visual Art Education

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M.A. in Visual Art Education

The graduate program includes advanced professional and scholarly study for art educators and an initial certification program for those with baccalaureate degrees in other fields who wish to enter art education (initial certification work typically also requires collateral undergraduate study) and advanced study for individuals in related disciplines. Details may be found in the visual art education M.A. handbook, available from the Department of Visual Art.

M.A. Degree Requirements

At least 15 and no more than 18 hours in visual art education are required. The remainder of the course work can be in related fields such as history of art, education, psychology, etc. This emphasis is appropriate for the student desiring to improve his or her fine arts knowledge and research skills in art education.

Thesis Option

The student completes 9 credit hours of core courses (VAE 800, VAE 869, and VAE 875), additional elective hours, and an independent experimental, descriptive, historical, or philosophical investigation of a topic related to visual art education. A total of 30 credit hours is required.

Project Option

The student completes 9 credit hours of core courses (VAE 800, VAE 869, and VAE 875), and additional elective hours. A substantial application of theory, principles, and/or products of visual art education in a pedagogical setting must be documented. A total of 30 credit hours is required.

Examination Option

Students take a total of 37 credit hours in required core courses (including VAE 875 Research in Art Education) and elective courses with 36 credit hours in regularly scheduled classes. Students also take a 1-credit-hour course, VAE 890 Preparation for the M.A. Examination, devoted to preparing and completing a written and oral final examination. The examination requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of current issues in the field.

Graduate Licensure in Art Education

Students who seek to be art teachers in the public schools PreK-12 may obtain licensure as part of the master’s degree. The licensure track is for individuals with especially strong academic and artistic backgrounds who have completed bachelor’s degrees in studio art, design, art history, or other art-related fields. Course work is taken at the undergraduate and graduate levels. On completion, individuals are recommended by the university for PreK-12 art licensure in Kansas and have earned a significant amount of credit required for the M.A. in art education. Prospective students must meet all application requirements for the master’s degree to be considered for licensure in art. For further information, contact the Department of Visual Art at 785-864-4401.

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