MASTER OF ART EDUCATION (M.A.Ed.) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS
Students are admitted as prospective candidates for the Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) degree. A Bachelor's degree in Art Education or Art (or its equivalent) is required for admission.
Students may apply for one of two M.A.Ed. programs:
1) The Master’s Program in Art Education
This program requires the minimum of 33 hours of graduate study and leads to the Level 5 Certificate in the state of Georgia. This program is appropriate for those who already hold a Level 4 Teaching Certificate in Art, or for those who wish to work in museums and community centers that do not require certification.
2) The Master’s Program in Art Education for Initial Level 4/Level 5 Certification
This program requires a minimum of 57 hours of graduate study and leads to both initial teaching certification in art (Level 4 Certificate) and a Level 5 Certificate. This program is appropriate for those who have an undergraduate studio art degree and wish to pursue a teaching certificate in art in addition to earning a Master’s degree. If a student does not have a Bachelor's degree in Art (or its equivalent) additional courses may be required.
While full-time enrollment is encouraged, many M.A.Ed. students are practicing art teachers who pursue the degree part-time. All students pursuing an M.A.Ed. degree must follow the Graduate School requirement for continuous enrollment, meaning a student must be registered for two out of three semesters per year.
At the completion of 21–24 hours of graduate study, the student must pass an Applied Project Proposal administered by the art education faculty before being admitted as a candidate for the degree (Hours of completion may vary for those pursuing the M.A.Ed. with certification). During the final semester of the program of study, the candidate must pass a Final Oral Examination administered by the art education faculty. A student must enroll for a minimum of 3 hours of credit the semester in which degree requirements are completed.
Student responsibility. 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 in this document; and to observe all appropriate deadlines as the graduate program progresses.
Deadline dates and other pertinent information are posted regularly on the Graduate School website. Please check your UGA email account often for important announcements. Art Education students should also subscribe to the Art Education listserv.
Keep the Dodd Graduate 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.
Time limit. The majority of full-time students complete their Master's degree within two years. However, the student has six years in which to complete his/her program of study. 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 Dodd Graduate Office prior to the absence.
In order to complete the M.A.Ed. degree, students must adhere to the following sequence, procedures and requirements:
- A temporary advisor is assigned by the Dodd Graduate Office in consultation with the Area Chair at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment.
- The student should select a Major Professor in art education after 12 hours of course work. If the student selects a major professor other than their temporary advisor, they will need to complete a Change of Major Professor Form which can be found here.
- After selection of a Major Professor, the student and the major professor should work together to complete the appropriate M.A.Ed. Worksheet which can be found in the Program Requirements and Worksheets section of this handbook and on the School of Art Website. In consultation with the Major Professor the student will select two additional committee members One committee member must be from a related area outside of Art Education.
- The M.A.Ed. program requires students to complete an Applied Project (see detailed description after M.A. Ed. worksheet). The fulfillment of this requirement will be determined in consultation with the Major Professor. 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.
- By the first week of the final semester students must file:
a) Program of Study for Non-Doctoral Professional Degrees Form with the Graduate School.
This form may be found on the School of Art website. 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 Dodd Graduate Office so these changes can be submitted to the Dean for further approval.
b) An Application for Graduation
- An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Graduate School prior to deadlines for each semester posted. You may now apply online via Athena.
- In the final semester, students will defend their Applied Project Report during the Applied Project Final Oral Examination.
Students should never presume a summer defense or graduation. Faculty members are under no obligation to serve on summer committees.
- Once defended successfully, required copies of the final Applied Project Report are as follows:
a) One bound copy for the Dodd Graduate Office
b) One bound copy for the Major Professor
c) Electronic copies (i.e. pdf file) to each of the committee members
- Binding information and sample title and approval pages can be found on the School of Art website.
- Prior to the posted deadlines (see grad.uga.edu), the graduating student must:
1) Submit one bound copy of the Applied Project Report signed by the major professor to the Dodd Graduate Office and one copy to the Major Professor.
2) Verify that your Major Professor has delivered the Final Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School within a week of your exam.
As previously stated, the Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) degree program offers two programs:
- The Master’s Program in Art Education (Minimum 33 Credits)
- The Master’s Program in Art Education for Initial Level 4/Level 5 Certification (Minimum 57 credits)
Each Master's program is planned to meet the minimum requirements indicated for each track. However, all prerequisites for these courses must be met before enrolling. Additional courses may be required if a student enters the program without a Bachelor's degree in Art (or its equivalent). For valid reasons (e.g. avoiding duplication of previous training), a substitution for a "required" course may be approved in special cases.
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.
Directed Study Courses
Students wishing to enroll for a directed study course must obtain a Directed Study Contract and return it with signature of the appropriate faculty member. This procedure must be completed before registering for the course.
In order to achieve a breadth of approaches, the student is expected to take graduate coursework from several different members of the Art Education faculty as well as faculty from across the various disciplines of the university. For example, the College of Education offers numerous courses that are particularly relevant to graduate students in art education. Selection of courses should be made in close consultation with the Major Professor taking into account research interests of the student. While the M.A.Ed. with Initial Certification program requires additional coursework, suggested courses for both programs include the following from Areas A, B, and C and D:
Area A: Educational Psychology and/or Educational Sociology
- EPSY 6010 Foundations of Human Development for Education
- EPSY 7060 Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth
- EPSY 7110 Characteristics of Gifted Children and Youth
- EPSY 7240 Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem Solving Processes
- EPSY 8160 Special Topics in Educational Psychology
- EPSY 8220 Theories of Creativity
- CHFD 8920 Behavior Problems in Children
- PSYC 6110 Basic Learning Processes
- PSYC 6210 Individual Differences
- SOCI 6270 Personality and Social Structure
- SOCI 6370 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
- EFND 7120 Sociological Theories of Education
Courses that apply to Area A may also be used to fulfill Area C requirements.
Area B: Curriculum, Methods or Problems of Teaching
Students are strongly encouraged to take the following course within Area B:
- ARED 7370 Curriculum Theory and Practice in Art Education
Other suggested courses for this area include, but are not limited to:
- ARED 7360 Secondary Curriculum in Art Education
- ARED 7350 Teaching of Art in the Elementary School
- ARED 7500 Introduction to Museum Education
- LLED 7312 ; Poetry, Grades P-8
- LLED 6310 Survey of Children's Literature, Grades P-8
- LLED 8200 Critical Pedagogies
- EFND 7040 History of Education in the United States
- EFND 8010 Philosophy of Education
Courses that apply to Area B may also be used to fulfill Area C requirements.
Area C: Content, Advanced Study in the Subject Matter of Art/Art Education
Students are strongly encouraged to take the following courses within Area C:
- ARED 7310 Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Study in Art Education
- ARED 8410 History of Art Education
Other suggested courses for this area include, but are not limited to:
- ARED 8430 Topics in Art Education
- Studio course (graduate level)
- Art History courses (graduate level)
As appropriate to the student’s program of study, courses from throughout the university can be applied to Area C. Some suggested courses include:
- CMLT 6545 Comparative Postcolonial Studies
- EDEC 7010 Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education
- EDEC 7020 Theory and Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
- EDEC 8260 Post-structural Theory and Early Childhood Education
- EDEC 8400 Feminist Perspectives in Elementary Education
- ETAP 7045 (For Example) Social Constructionism, Feminism, and Critical Race Theory
- ETAP 8300 Children’s Development of Self: Learning to Become a Competent Member of a Culture
- ETAP 8560 New Materialism and New Empiricism in Educational Theory and Practice
- ETAP 8585 Foucault and Education
- ETAP 8595 Derrida, Deconstruction, and Education
- ETAP 8700 Psychoanalysis and Education
- WMST 6060 Black Feminism
- WMST 6100 Queer Theories
- WMST 6070 North American Asian Feminisms
- WMST 6170S Environment, Gender, Race, and Class
- WMST 8030 Transnational Gender Studies
- JRMC 8070(WMST) Media Culture and Diversity
- WMST 8100 LGBTQ Studies
- WMST 8180 Feminist Pedagogy
Area D: Research
All students are expected to take ARED 8990 Research Seminar in Art Education and ARED 7650 Applied Project to fulfill this requirement. If ARED 8990 is not offered during the student's Program of Study, a research methods course may be substituted in consultation with the student’s Major Professor.
Other suggested research courses include:
- QUAL 7500 Action Research
- ERSH 6200 Methods of Research in Education
- LLED 8045 Introduction to Youth Participatory Action Research
- LLED/QUAL 8590 Arts-Based Inquiry in Diverse Learning Communities
Courses that apply to Area D may also be used to fulfill Area C requirements.
Masters Program in Art Education (MA.Ed.)
Course work in this program includes:
- Area A: Educational Psychology and/or Educational Sociology 3 HOURS
- Area B: Curriculum and Methods of Teaching 6 HOURS
- Area C: Content 18 HOURS
- Area D: Research
- ARED 8990 Research Seminar in Art Education 3 HOURS
- ARED 7650 Applied Project in Art Education 3 HOURS
(Repeatable up to 12 credits, in consultation with Major Professor)
Minimum Total = 33 HOURS
Master's Program in Art Education (M.A.Ed.) for Initial Level 4/5 Certification
This modified program is designed for students holding an undergraduate studio degree who want to become certified to teach and earn a Master’s degree simultaneously.
Course work in this program includes:
- ARED 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education 3 HOURS
- EPSY 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching 3 HOURS
- SPED 2000 Survey of Special Education 3 HOURS
- Educational Psychology and/or Educational Sociology
See courses in Area A* 3 HOURS
(EPSY 6010 Foundation of Human Development for Education can replace EPSY 2020)
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching
- ARED 7350 Teaching of Art in the Elementary School 3 HOURS
- ARED 7360 Secondary Curriculum in Art Education 3 HOURS
- General coursework in Curriculum Methods or Problems of Teaching 6 HOURS
(See courses in Area B)
- ARED 7460 Student Teaching in Art Education 9 HOURS
- ARED 7470 Issues and Practice in Teaching Art Education 3 HOURS
(ARED 7460 and 7470 must be taken concurrently)
Subject matter including studio offerings and 3 hours of art history, aesthetics, or art criticism 15 HOURS
- ARED 8990 Research Seminar in Art Education** 3 HOURS
- ARED 7650 Applied Project in Art Education 3 HOURS
(Repeatable up to 12 credits, in consultation with Major Professor)
Minimum Total = 57 HOURS
Applied Project Proposal Defense
Upon approval from the Major Professor, students will have the responsibility for scheduling his/her Applied Project Proposal Defense. The student, in consultation with the Major Professor, should contact committee members and confirm a date and time for the Applied Project Proposal Defense. Once a date has been established, the student should submit the M.A.Ed. Applied Project Proposal Committee Request form to the Dodd Graduate Office. Successful completion of this examination is prerequisite to the student officially beginning the ARED 7650 Applied Project in Art Education.
Description of the Applied Project Proposal Written Examination:
For this meeting, the student shall prepare a written 1000-word proposal for the Applied Project that summarizes the following:
- The problem or concern the project will address
- Purpose of the project
- One to three research questions
- Significance of this work for the field of art education
- Brief overview of research related to the problem or project demonstrating familiarity with the key texts and main authors relevant to your chosen topic (mini-lit review). Include a list of at least 20 references related to your topic
- Description of what will be done to investigate the problem (methods)
It is the student’s responsibility to maintain close contact with the Major Professor in order to prepare for the examination. Students must submit a draft of the Applied Project Proposal to the Major Professor for review and approval prior to submission to committee members. Once approved, the student will distribute copies of the written portion of the Applied Project Proposal to his/her committee for review two weeks prior to the Oral examination.
During the Applied Project Proposal Oral Examination, students will be expected to provide a brief overview of their Applied Project Proposal. The student will be 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. In conversation with the student, the committee will evaluate the student's capabilities for continuing toward his/her degree objective. In the judgment of the committee, if the student is not ready to move forward, he/she may be required to complete additional study and/or course work before requesting a second examination. If a student attempts the Applied Project Proposal twice without success, he/she will be counseled to discontinue as a graduate student in Art Education.
Once the Applied Project Proposal has been defended successfully, students typically use a full semester to implement the project and write the first draft of the report. At the beginning of the following/final semester students will submit a complete first draft by the 2nd to 4th week, allowing ample time for revision. Students should not underestimate the time needed for revisions and should expect additional writing throughout this semester.
Applied Project in Art Education
ARED 7650 is the research course taken during the implementation and writing of the Applied Project. Students may repeat ARED 7650 for a maximum of 12 hours credit. 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 coursework in any semester in which faculty time and/or University facilities will be used.
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, action, 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, museum, or community 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 and be able to: (1) locate, define and delimit a problem of interest, (2) formulate propositions of potential significance, (3) survey relevant literature in the selected area of study, (4) implement the necessary methods and procedures for carrying out the inquiry, (5) analyze and evaluate 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.
Applied Project Report First Draft
The Applied Project Report should be prepared 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 can be found on the School of Art website. Copies of past graduates' Applied Project Reports are on file in the Terry Hooten Art Education Study Area.
The first complete draft of the applied project must be submitted to the Major Professor no later than the 2nd to 4th week of the final semester (see Timetable). The Major Professor will review it and recommend changes, and the student will revise the Applied Project accordingly.
Scheduling the Final Oral Examination
When the Major Professor is satisfied with the depth, scholarship, and organization of the Applied Project Report, the student should contact each committee member to confirm a date, time, and location for the Final Oral Examination. Scheduling software such as Doodle Poll or meeting wizard should be used to arrive at a time that is convenient for all committee members. Please note, the committee should have at least two weeks to read and evaluate the Applied Project Report before the Final Oral Exam. Once a date has been established, submit this information on the MA.Ed. Final Oral Examination Committee Request form to the Dodd Graduate Office and notify the committee of the confirmed date, time, and location.
Although it is theoretically possible to defend a thesis in the last week before the graduate school requires the final submission of the thesis (i.e a week before the end of classes), this is strongly discouraged. Students who wait until the last possible moment should not assume that the thesis would be read, defended, and corrected by the due date required by the Graduate School.
The date for the approval of the completed requirements is posted by the Graduate School each semester.
Applied Project Report and Final Oral Examination
Once the final defense date is set, the student will distribute a final draft as a bound hard copy and/or digital format to each committee member according to their preference. Students should prepare a brief presentation (15 minutes) describing the Applied Project, supporting literature, the rationale for the project, and what was learned in the process.
The committee may 1) accept the Applied Project Report; 2) accept it conditional to further changes to be overseen by the Major Professor; or 3) recommend that additional work be done before it is considered acceptable. The Major Professor as Chair will deliver the Final Oral Examination Report to the Dodd Graduate Office.
After approval by the committee, the student should present signed and bound copies as follows: one copy to the Lamar Dodd School of Art Graduate Office, and one copy to the Major Professor by the deadline posted on the Graduate School Website.
The student must apply for graduation following guidelines posted by the Graduate School. 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 Dodd Graduate 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.