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Master of Education

The Master of Education is a 30-credit, seven week low-residency program that qualifies students who already hold an initial teaching license to apply for a Massachusetts professional teaching license. This program is designed for working teachers who wish to develop deeper understanding of the contemporary fields of art and teaching, reinvigorate their studio practice,  and/or learn to interpret and conduct research in art education. It is a good preparation for students who plan to seek a doctoral degree in art education in the future; applicants with such goals who are not licensed or seeking licensure are welcome to apply.

This program leads to the following professional licenses: Educator Licensure through MTEL in MA.

*Refer the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)  or the National Education Association (NEA) for your state’s professional licensure agency contact information to determine whether MassArt’s program meets your state’s requirements for licensure. 


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain familiarity with research paradigms in art education and ways to judge the veracity of research findings through evaluating the quality of methodology in research and scholarship
  • Gain facility in using research methodologies as tools for practice-based research
  • Understand  the critical contexts of art education through lenses of the contemporary, the historical, and social justice
  • Develop appreciation of the role of art practice at the center of quality art teaching and art learning, and reinvigorate and enhance students’ studio practices as members of the field of practicing, contemporary artists;
  • Understand and participate in publication and presentation practices (professional practice) and out-of-classroom roles for art educators as educational leaders within and beyond their districts. Graduates are expected to contribute innovations through publication, presentation, and leadership in practice

Unique to MassArt

The M.Ed balances three types of courses: studio, research, and pedagogy. During the program, students, investigate their own studio practice, become familiar with historical and contemporary issues in arts education emphasizing social justice and equity, and explore how to learn from and contribute to the research literature on visual arts learning and teaching.

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