Art Education M.A.Ed. OLD


It is the student's responsibility to study the Graduate Bulletin, the School of Art’s Graduate Handbook, and the School of Art website; and to meet all requirements for the degree, including Art School requirements listed below; and to observe all appropriate deadlines as the graduate program progresses.

Deadline dates and other pertinent information are posted regularly on the UGA Graduate School website. Please check your UGA email account often for important announcements. Art Education students should also subscribe to the arted listserv. Please contact Jorie Berman to be added. 

Keep the Graduate Coordinator's Office updated on changes of address, phone number, and email. Remember that all official UGA emails are sent to your UGA account so you should check it on a regular basis.

  1. A temporary advisor is assigned by the Graduate Coordinator on a rotating basis in consultation with the Area Chair at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment.
  2. The student should select a Major Professor after 9 hours of course work by securing the appropriate signature on the form provided by the Graduate Coordinator. If the student wishes to change Major Professor, the form is here.
  3. After selection of a Major Professor, the student should outline a Tentative Program of Study with the Major Professor (see M.A.Ed. Checklist).
    After nine hours of graduate course work, the student, with the advice of the Major Professor, should outline a tentative program of study for the courses planned to satisfy degree requirements. The M.A.E.d. program requires some form of substantial application of course content with an audience relevant to the student's area of focus. This may be satisfied by a course, an internship, or through the Applied Project. The fulfillment of this requirement will be determined in consultation with the Major Professor. Retention in the program will be assessed based on course work and the results of the Continuance Examination, which is held at the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. The final program of study must be submitted on the Program of Study form with the Major Professor's signature to the Graduate Coordinator for submission to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval by the deadline (see Changes in the program of study must be submitted for approval to the Major Professor, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
  4. The Applied Project Proposal is held at the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. In preparation for the Applied Project, students will complete an Applied Project Proposal Examination to be defended at the completion of 21-24 hours of graduate study. If a student qualifies for the Applied Project Proposal examination during summer semester, it may be deferred until fall. This exam serves as a means to ascertain the student’s progress toward degree completion and preparation for the Applied Project. A student must pass the Applied Project Proposal Examination to continue in the program. 
  5. A Final Program of Study form is filed with the Graduate School after successful completion of the Continuance Examination and prior to the posted deadline for each semester (see If a change in the Program of Study is necessary after it has been approved by the Dean (i.e., change in course work), notify the Graduate Coordinator's Office so these changes can be submitted to the Dean for further approval. The required form is for the Non-Doctoral Professional Degree and can be found on the Graduate School’s website.
  6. An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Graduate School (Terrell Hall, 210 S. Jackson Street) prior to deadlines for each semester posted (see
  7. The majority of Applied Project defenses will occur during the fall and spring semesters, with a limited number occurring during Short Session I Summer Semester (maximum of three summer defenses across art education graduate degree programs). For summer graduation, the Applied Project Final Defense must occur by the end of Short Session I.
  8. The student, in consultation with the Major Professor, should contact each committee member to confirm a date, time, and location for the Final Oral Examination and submit this information on the proper form to the Graduate Coordinator who will formally notify the committee (see MAEd Checklist for details). The Major Professor will review a draft of the Applied Project, recommend changes, and the student will revise the Applied Project accordingly. The student will then distribute a revised version in hard copy format to the committee. The committee should have at least two weeks to read and evaluate the Applied Project Report before the Final Oral Exam. Students should prepare a brief introductory statement (5-7 minutes) describing the Applied Project, the rationale for that project, and what was learned in the process to begin the defense. The Major Professor as Chair will report the results of the exam to the Graduate Coordinator.
  9. Required bound copies of the Applied Project Report are as follows:
    — One copy for the Graduate Coordinator
    — One copy for the Major Professor
    — Student copies are his/her option
    ​Binding information is included in this handbook.
  10. Prepare the Applied Project Report following the APA Style Manual (6th Edition). Consult with your Major Professor to determine any questions regarding style. While the Applied Project Report is not technically a "thesis" and does not require the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, a student guide for preparation of theses is available from the Graduate School for use in typing the report following the typing guide sheet and general instructions. Samples of the format for the Title Page and the Approval  Page  are  included  in  this  handbook. Copies of past graduates' Applied Project Reports are on file in the Art Library and may be checked out for your review.

    Prior to the posted deadlines (see the graduating student must: 

    a)  Submit one signed and bound copy of the Applied Project Report to the Graduate Coordinator's Office and one copy to the Major Professor.
    b) Deliver the Final Oral Examination results form to the Graduate School.

MAEd Timetable (pdf)

MAEd Handbook (pdf)



A student may be admitted as a prospective candidate for a degree, or denied admission. A Bachelor's degree in Art (or its equivalent) is typically required for admission. The Level 4/Level 5 Initial Certification program allows qualifying students to earn certification coursework while earning the M.A.Ed. Students who wish to work in museums and community centers may choose to pursue the M.A.Ed. degree without certification


At the time of admission, the Graduate Coordinator will appoint a temporary advisor. During the first semester, the student should meet and discuss his/ her interests with all members of the Art Education faculty in order to select a Major Professor. The student must obtain appropriate signatures on the proper form and return it to the Graduate Coordinator's office. A student may also subsequently request a change of Major Professor by following these same procedures.


In order to achieve a breadth of approaches, the student is expected to take graduate course work from several different members of the Art Education faculty. If a lapse of more than one calendar year before completing requirements for the M.A.Ed. program is anticipated, a tentative program of study should be filed with the Graduate Coordinator prior to the absence.


If transfer credits (maximum of 6 semester hours) are to be included in the program of study, request for this transfer must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. An official transcript of these courses must also be included, if not on file in the Graduate School. All requests for transfer credit must be in the Graduate School at least 30 days prior to graduation. All courses must have been taken within six years with a grade of "B" or better and may not have been included as part of a previous degree program of study.


Students wishing to enroll for a directed study course must obtain a Directed Study Contract from Jorie Berman and return it with signature of the appropriate faculty member. This procedure must be completed before registering for the course.


The majority of full-time students complete their Master' degree within two years. However, the student has six years in which to complete his/her program of study.


At the end of 12 semester hours of graduate course work, and in conjunction with filing a final program of study, the student will have the responsibility for scheduling his/her Continuance Examination. The faculty may review the artwork and research papers the candidate presents in order to evaluate the student's capabilities for continuing toward his/her degree objective. Successful completion of this examination is prerequisite to the student's officially beginning the ARED 7650 Applied Project in Art Education. The student, in consultation with the Major Professor, should select the committee members, contact each member and confirm a date and time for the Continuance Examination and submit this information on the proper form to the Graduate Coordinator who will appoint the committee. One committee member must be from a related area outside of Art Education.

For this meeting, the student shall prepare a written 500-word statement of direction and distribute copies to his/her committee two weeks prior to the examination. In the judgment of the committee, if the student is not ready for candidacy, he/she may be required to complete additional course work before requesting a second  examination. If the  committee determines that  the student demonstrates insufficient promise for mastering the M.A.Ed. requirements, he/she will be counseled to discontinue as a graduate student in Art Education. The student is expected to prepare for and approach the examination in a serious manner and be able to elucidate in verbal form an appropriate knowledge of art education. The Major Professor shall have the responsibility of preparing the student for the examination. Those students eligible during the summer semester may be deferred until fall. At the same meeting, the student should discuss with the committee his/her ideas for the Applied Project. He/she should also present a tentative program of study to the committee, developed in consultation with the Major Professor.

The M.A.Ed. degree consists of 33 hours of course work and requires focus upon a selected program of study having bearing upon issues and problems in Art Education. The topic for the Applied Project may derive from a variety of educational sources including educational psychology, sociology, history, or philosophy, as well as the cognate disciplines in the arts and humanities. The problem for inquiry must have an applied emphasis. The problem should incorporate, to some degree, both the exploration of educational principles and their application to the solution of pragmatic problems in educational settings. The methodology utilized is often centered on teacher-research or case study and may be supported by a variety of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Direct instruction of the curricular model in an educational setting is preferred, but not required. In some cases, the Applied Project may be an in-depth study of technical or creative production or problems, with exploration of educational implications. Visual images are a regular part of the data collection and analysis.

During the process of undertaking the study, the student should gain familiarity with the various components of research and scholarly inquiry, including the ability to (1) locate, define and delimit a problem amenable to solution, (2) formulate propositions of potential significance, (3) survey relevant literature in the selected area of study, (4) master the necessary methods and procedures for carrying out the inquiry, (5) become skilled in analyzing and evaluating evidence or outcomes, (6) synthesize findings or summarize data, and (7) speculate reflectively on the potential implications of the findings to educational theory and practice. Normally, ARED 7650 is the last course taken in the program of study, as the student must be registered for a minimum of 3 semester hours during the semester in which the degree requirements are completed. In addition, the student must register for course work in any semester in which faculty time and/or University facilities will be used.

When the Major Professor is satisfied with the depth, scholarship, and organization of the Applied Project Report, he/she will instruct the student to prepare copies for all committee members and schedule the final oral examination. The student, in consultation with the Major Professor, should select the committee members, contact each member and confirm a date and time for the Final Oral Examination and submit this information on the proper form to the Graduate Coordinator who will appoint the committee.

Throughout the period of graduate course work, the student should keep all members of the committee informed of the nature of the research direction. At the Continuance Examination, he/she should broadly describe the nature of the direction in a 500-word essay. Thus, by the time of the Final Oral Examination, the report should be a revised draft professionally presented reflecting a unity of direction and organization.


The student should keep in touch with all members of the committee as the project progresses and secure approval of the completed Applied Project Report from the Major Professor. The date for the approval of the completed requirements is posted at each semester. The committee must have a minimum of two weeks to read the completed report, in hard copy, prior to the final examination. At the final examination the student should be prepared to give a brief presentation to the committee about what the student learned from the Applied Project and why it is significant for art education practice.

The committee may accept the Applied Project Report, accept it conditional to further changes to be overseen by the Major Professor, or recommend that additional work be done before it is considered acceptable. After approval by the committee, signed and bound copies should be presented as follows: one copy to the Graduate Coordinator, and one copy to the Major Professor by the posted deadline. The student should consult the Graduate Coordinator's office for binding information.

When the Applied Project Report is presented at the Graduate Coordinator's office, the M.A.Ed. Final Oral Examination Report form is signed and given to the student who must deposit it with the Graduation Office of the Graduate School by the posted deadline date.


The student must apply for graduation following guidelines posted at If the graduation date needs to be changed, the student must notify the Graduate School in writing or through ATHENA, and must also notify the Graduate Coordinator’s office. Degree requirements must be completed within six years; otherwise, expired course work must be replaced. The student must be registered for 3 hours the semester in which degree requirements are completed and any semester in which faculty time and/or University facilities are used. All requirements should be completed prior to Graduate School deadlines.