Master of Arts in Art Education

Program Description

The M.A. Art Education's program is intended to serve as an extension of the established undergraduate art education program and provide individualization of instruction and program offerings beyond the baccalaureate for those individuals who wish to pursue a higher level of achievement in their chosen field.

The Masters of Arts in Education: Art Education's program will extend the NCDPI and NSAD competencies currently required for initial "A" licensure by extending the art educator's knowledge base and competencies by analytically reading art education professional literature, analyzing and discussing art education publications, theories, current practices in education and research. The program will extend their competencies through self-reflection and self evaluation of their planning skills, computer competencies, as well as through advance study of curriculum content, methods of organizing for instruction, materials, the classroom environment, and knowledge of the students and their needs. With this additional knowledge and experience, the teacher will be prepared to take the role of a collaborative leader and the responsibilities for guiding colleagues in their planning.

**"According to the University catalog, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 AND a GPA in their major in excess of 2.0 in order to graduate."

M.A. Program

A. Education Core Courses (Required) 3 semester hours

1. EDN 5660- Applied Educational Research 3 hrs

B. Guided Course Work Emphasizing Art Education 15 semester hours

1. ART 5020 - Curricula in Art Education (3 hrs)

  1. ART 5030 - Review of Research in Art Education (3 hrs)
  2. ART 5040 - History and Philosophy of Art Education (3 hrs)
  3. ART 5090 - Leadership and Survey of Art Education (3 hrs)
  4. ART 5110 - Advanced Art History Methods and Content (3 hrs)

C. Guided Courses for Studio Area or Research Thesis 6-9 semester hours

Thesis Options: (6 -9 semester hours - 3 hrs per semester)

  1. I: The student may elect to produce a thesis dealing with a significant problem or inquiry in the field of art education (ART 6000-3 hrs per semester, 6 hrs required) 6 hours

Option II. Students may elect an art studio concentration that requires a Graduate Exhibit, studio thesis, and artist statement. Approval for this option is by portfolio review to indicate competence in a selected studio area (ceramics, drawing, digital arts, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Required: ARTS5xxx Special Topics, 3 hrs, Repeatable.9 hrs required 9 hours

D. Guided Electives: 9-12 hours

EDN 5470 Advanced Classroom Management 3 hrs

EDN 5480 Advanced Foundations of American Education 3 hrs

EDN 5490 Effective Educational Leadership 3 hrs

ARTS 5xxx Special Topics 3 hrs

ART 5060 Applied Art Education Pedagogy, and Production 3 hrs

ART 5080 - Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools (3 hrs)

Total Hours (Minimum) 36 hours

  1. comprehensive exam is required before completion of the program.

Elective course: With approval of the Program Director, candidates may enroll in graduate courses in another program at UNCP (assuming they meet its prerequisites).


ART 5020. Curricula in Art Education (3)

Advanced study of art education curricula, with option for elementary or secondary emphasis. Study of exemplary art programs, standards of quality, curriculum models, curriculum design and construction, concomitant instructional methods, and evaluation. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ART 5030. Research in Art Education (3)

Studies of appropriate research methodologies, research and selected readings in art education. Includes research procedures in art education, recent studies, areas needing further research, Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ART 5040. History and Philosophy of Art Education (3)

Critical analysis of objectives, current theories, and texts that are shaped by the visual arts, history, philosophy, aesthetics, the behavioral sciences, and recent trends in art education. The sociopolitical currents that have shaped art education, and visual art itself, are examined. Prerequisite: graduate standing

ART 5060. Applied Art Education Pedagogy and Production (3)

This course is designed to fulfill MAT: Art Education graduate students’ individual and specific needs, especially in studio(s) and/or method(s) courses.

ART 5080. Art Production in the Elementary and Secondary Schools (3)

  1. course is designed to provide art educators with various aspects of creating new, innovative art lessons for secondary and elementary curricula. Emphasis will be placed upon philosophies associated with elementary and secondary art education production and the use of specific art tools, media, materials, and techniques to enhance student learning. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ART 5090. Leadership and Survey of Art Education (3)

Emphasis is on acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for leadership roles in art education. Students will analyze the philosophical and theoretical content of various models of leadership. The course provides a survey of development of current art education trends, issues and problems in the field by means of a critical inquiry. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ART 5110. Art History Methods and Content (3)

This course focuses on studies of appropriate art history methods and art history content for grades K-12. This course includes the development of competency in art history, methods, and diverse inquiry procedures. Prerequisite: graduate standing

ART 5810. Internship in K-12 Art Education (3)

Ten week, full-time internship experiences in an off-campus public school setting appropriate for K-12 Art licensure. Prerequisite: Approval of the Art Education Program Director.

ART 6000. Thesis in Art Education (3)

The student prepares a Master’s Degree thesis in the area of the student’s major under the individual direction of the student’s major advisor and thesis committee. Graded on a Satisfactory (Pass [P]), Unsatisfactory (Fail [F]) basis. Prerequisites: Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate work; EDN 5660; permission of the student’s major advisor; permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The six required hours of thesis credit are earned by registering for this course in two separate semesters.

ARTS 5xxx. Special Topics (3)

This course is designed to fulfill individual and specific needs of art education graduate students’ particular area of advanced study. Directed reading, research, production, and problem solving in the student’s area or areas of art studio elective(s) or art studio concentration are carried out by the student at the University and in the field under the supervision of the student’s major advisor and instructor. Course is repeatable with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing

NOTE: For EDN course descriptions, see listings in the M.A.Ed. program.

Educational Goals and Objectives of the M.A.: Art Education Program

The goals and objectives of the Art Education graduate program reflect a clear conception of the roles and responsibilities of master teachers in art education. The graduate students will accomplish the following goals and objectives of UNCP M.A.: Art Education Program:

1. Professional Educational Growth and Instructional Mastery:

  • Analytically reads art education professional literature;
  • Analyzes and discusses art education philosophies, theories, current practices, and research findings;
  • Designs and applies coherent, rigorous and consistent instruction based on theoretical, philosophical and research-based information to improve student learning;
  • Incorporates research findings into curriculum development and classroom instructional strategies to improve student learning;
  • Add to their current knowledge base and competencies to integrate content information from other disciplines with art education and art history;

2. Knowledge of Students and their Environment:

  • Develops an advanced knowledge of child development in art;
  • Creates a classroom environment that promotes understanding, acceptance and respect for all students;
  • Demonstrates appropriate depth and breadth of knowledge of the learner,
  • learning process, diverse learning styles and abilities, and evaluation procedures.
  • Creates a classroom environment that promotes success for all students;
  • Seeks art activities to increase understanding of diverse cultures/people;
  • Modifies instruction to meet the needs of challenged, exceptional and diverse learners;
  • Analyzes, diagnoses, and prescribes instruction that furthers student learning.

3. Appropriate Research Experiences:

  • Enriches their skills in data gathering, diagnosis, and prescription to employ methods to improve instruction and student achievement.
  • Analyzes educational problems and suggests appropriate adjustments based on data gathering, analysis, and conclusion.
  • Adapts instruction and learning environments based on evaluation of student learning problems and successes.
  • Monitors the effects of instructions, learning environments, adaptations and materials for students' learning and actions.
  • Studies appropriate research methodologies, trends and issues, research and selected readings in art education, research procedures in art education, and areas needing further research;

4. Linking Art Education to the Learners' Needs.

  • Ability to apply research data to practical life experiences to enhance classroom performance;
  • Teaching of reading and writing in art education and in content areas, when integrated with the visual arts;
  • Exhibits advance knowledge in art education as defined by the State of North Carolina course of study;
  • Uses technology to create learning environments that encourage and support students' learning;
  • Demonstrates initiative in linking subject matter to students' knowledge and experiences.
  • Exhibits advance methods of preparation, implementation and evaluation of instruction for student's diverse learning needs.
  • Search, promotes, uses, and evaluates the best teaching practices for each course taught;
  • Regards the variation between learning behaviors and results expected in communities having varying differences;

5. Professional Development and Leadership:

  • Using technology to improve and promote the interest of teaching and other professional activities;
  • Keeps abreast of developments in art education and issues related to teaching;
  • Demonstrates initiative in inquiry and seeks to apply exemplary methods for improvement of the curriculum and educational setting;
  • Demonstrates commitment by participation in professional activities and provides leadership to colleagues and communities through collaboration;
  • Takes advantage of opportunities to share ideas and learn from colleagues, educators and parents for enhancement of students' education;
  • Takes part in working jointly with others in the collective role of leadership and mentorship activities to solve educational problems in the classroom, school system, and community.

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