Master of Arts (M.A.) In Art Education 


The Master of Arts in Art Education at JMU is a graduate program for certified art educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and directing comprehensive art education programs in schools, museums, art organizations, or in the private sector. The program includes in-depth analysis of the methods and techniques for teaching studio art, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.

The program promotes graduates who are: 1) dedicated art education professionals; 2) articulate art education advocates; and 3) charismatic leaders who demonstrate art education as a vital component of general education.

  • To provide students with the structure, skills core concepts and methods of inquiry for teaching and directing comprehensive art education programs, including: aesthetics, art criticism, art history and studio production.
  • To provide students with opportunities to create and evaluate art instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  • To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate an extensive range of strategies for teaching and evaluating art instruction, including the use of technology.
  • To foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction among students for developing thesis papers and projects.
  • To deepen students' knowledge in specific areas of individual art education scholarly interest.
  • To provide students with access to the latest research on children's learning and development, and cultural influences on human development and creative artistic expression.
  • To provide students with access to the latest research for the ways that children learn to understand, appreciate, create, and judge works of art.
  • To provide students with opportunities to apply research to art lessons that support students' intellectual, social, and personal development.

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The Master of Arts in art education requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. The candidate must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 33 credit hours in studio art and nine credit hours in art history. The art history hours must include six hours surveying the history of Western art and three hours in upper-level art history. The candidate must have an art-teaching license and submit three letters of recommendation, a teaching philosophy, a sample lesson plan, and a personal statement as an indication of preparation for graduate study in a teaching portfolio. The GRE is not required in lieu of a passing Praxis II score or evidence of a valid teaching license.

The program of study includes nine hours in art education, six hours in art history, three hours in criticism, six hours in education and/or art education electives (Directed Study), and six hours of thesis.


Art Education


Art History






Education/Art Education Electives





For more information, please contact:


Bill Wightman
Art Education MA Coordinator
Phone: 540/568-5144

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