Academic Catalog

Art Education (M.Ed.)

Art Education (Visual Art Education) (M.Ed.)

The Art Education program is committed to creating effective art educators in both traditional and contemporary instructional pedagogies and techniques. Emphasis is placed on developing high-quality educators with respect to teaching, personal disposition, and content knowledge.

While recognizing that the teacher preparation process is unique to each individual, we believe that the best teachers are those who continually examine their practice to effectively impact today’s learners.

The Master of Education degree is designed to assist teachers who possess certification in visual arts education in developing greater skills in various media, innovative teaching methods, and curriculum development. This level of preparation will increase their level of effectiveness and innovation as teachers, assist in the creation of a diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum, and provide opportunities for advancement at the school and district levels.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program must have a Michigan teaching certificate in Visual Arts Education. It is possible to teach and work full-time while pursuing coursework toward the Master in Education degree.

To be considered for the M.Ed. program in Art Education, applicants must present evidence of:

  1. A bachelor's degree or higher in Visual Arts Education, Studio Art, or Fine Arts from an accredited college or university.
  2. Verification of Teacher Certification.
  3. An overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Portfolio demonstrating student's competence in art. Portfolio requirements can be obtained by contacting Anita Ricks-Bates, Program Coordinator for Art Education, via e-mail at

Art Therapy Concentration (M.Ed.)

Art Therapy is a concentration available in the Master of Education in Art Education degree program. In addition to the admission requirements stated above, students must submit letters of recommendation, an autobiographical statement, and a digital portfolio. A teaching certificate is NOT required for the Art Therapy program. A concentration in Art Therapy is also available as part of the M.A. in Counseling in the Division of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundation.

Art Education (Visual Art Education) (M.Ed.)

 This program requires thirty credits in course work:

TED 7000Introductory Master's Seminar3
ED 7999Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay or Project3
Professional education courses6
Additional Art Education Courses18
Total Credits30

Eighteen of the thirty credits required must be in the art education major. The intent is that the thirty credits will comprise a unified, meaningful curriculum extending each student’s ability as an artist, a scholar, and a teacher. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Art Therapy (M.Ed.)

This program is offered as a master’s Plan B. A minimum of forty-eight credits is required for this concentration:

Art therapy24
General professional sequence6
Practicum and internship9
Total Credits48

A related essay or project of substantial quality concludes the program. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Interested candidates should contact the Art Education & Art Therapy office for additional information: Room 163, Community Arts Building; telephone: 313-577-1823.

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