MISSION

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

M.A. Art Education students are accommodated in Duke Hall in the Art Education Center. Students enrolled in the M.A. Art Education program may receive a Teaching Assistship during their first year of study.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Art Education

9

Art History

3

Criticism

3

Thesis

6

Education/Art Education Electives

9

 TOTAL

30


 
For more information, please contact:

Wightman-Bill

Bill Wightman
Art Education MA Coordinator
e-mail: wightmwh@jmu.edu
Phone: 540/568-5144

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