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Art Education


Art educators collaborate and learn in a professional community in Edinboro's 100% online Art Education master’s degree.

Typically, graduate students enter the program as practicing art teachers who hold teacher certification and teach full time. Students with a bachelor’s degree in art or related field may also elect to add teacher certification to their MA degree by developing an additional program of study.

Whether you are a practicing teacher who is already certified or an aspiring art teacher with an undergraduate degree in art, you can build on your experiences at Edinboro. Together we work toward stretching our teaching practice in ways that are culturally responsive for PK-12 students in the arts.

Nationally Ranked Online Programs.

U.S. News and World Report has once again ranked PennWest Edinboro among the best online graduate programs in the country.


Our MA in Art Education is fully CAEP accredited.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro has a 100 year legacy of excellence in art education and visual arts. The Art Education concentration within the Master of Art degree is oriented toward research, writing, self-study of teaching practice, collaborative inquiry among art educators to advance shared professional goals, and stretching contemporary methods of teaching in art.

Our fully online experience is designed to provide a deeper social and contextual understanding of the teaching of art and promoting leadership in schools, community settings and within the art education field.

The online experience of graduate study is flexible but not impersonal. Faculty work closely with you to individualize your learning experience based on your present teaching/learning context.

As a graduate student at PennWest Edinboro, you'll enjoy a robust set of resources for online learning. All of the art education courses are taught by nationally recognized full-time faculty who are active in leadership, scholarship and service in the field of art education.

Edinboro University’s Master of Art Education program not only challenged me in the classroom, it challenged my classroom. Now the decisions I make as an art educator are entrenched in theory, research and reflective practice — benefiting our 21st century student-artists, the art education field and the visual arts as a whole.
Keisha McCauley,
MAAE '17 - Art Educator, Manheim Central Middle School

How Edinboro Supports You.

The field of art education converges in media studies, visual art, contemporary experiences of identity and interdisciplinary studies. We must live a curriculum of social justice, cultural responsiveness and care. You'll find that ideas explored in the graduate program are immediately applicable with school and museum teaching contexts.

Coursework for this 30-credit program is rooted in research, creative idea development and social justice.

Because it is delivered 100% online, there is flexibility in scheduling, allowing you to complete the program at a natural pace.

Typically, first-semester graduate students take just one class to begin if they are also working full time. After the first semester, many students enroll in two classes per semester while also teaching/working full time. Full-time students take nine credits for full-time graduate course load and are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Meier
Graduate Program Head
116 Doucette Hall
Phone: 814-732-1267

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Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Arts (MA)