Master of Education in Art Education

Admission to the ME in Art Education

In addition to admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the master's program requires the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution

  • A well-written statement of purpose describing your background and goals as well as the importance of this degree in achieving those goals

  • One letter of recommendation regarding your potential for doing master's level work from professionals such as an undergraduate major advisor, current employer, school principal or others who are knowledgeable about your ability to engage in graduate work in this degree program

  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate work is preferred

  • A content area grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for coursework in the selected licensure area is preferred

  • Undergraduate content area and literacy-related coursework for the selected licensure area

The master's program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.

What to Submit with Your Application 

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education

  • Statement of purpose

  • Resume

  • One letter of recommendation 

  • Portfolio of artwork, digital or physical

  • Course Review Worksheet


For the Master of Education degree, students must complete the following program requirements:

  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved graduate course work

  • An area of specialization in art education with courses pre-approved by the faculty advisor

  • A supporting area with courses pre-approved by the faculty advisor

  • A thesis, project, or research seminar

In addition, no more than six semester hours of credit from any combination of workshops (5950), problems or special topics courses (5980 or 6980), and independent studies (5990 or 6990) may be included in the degree program.

All coursework and requirements of the master's degree must be taken within a six-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.

Plan of Study

A plan of study identifying the courses for the master's degree is required after 12 credit hours, generally at the end of the first semester of full-time study. The master's plan of study must include the following within the 30-semester hour minimum:

  • 21 credits of specialization in art education

  • 6 credits of a supporting area

  • 3 credits of thesis, project or research seminar 

Licensure or endorsement may require additional semester hours to fulfill the credential requirements as well as degree requirements. Students should consult their advisor for detailed information.



  • Criminal background check

  • Acceptable scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Content Assessment(s) for the licensure area

  • All undergraduate content area courses


Guide for Developing a Plan of Study

Guide for Developing a Plan of Study

Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the Master of Education in Art Education. Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements. 

Additional hours may be required to fulfill licensure requirements. 

Specialization in Art Education21-26
For students not seeking licensure
Select 21 credits as approved by advisor
For students seeking licensure
Select the following:
Art Education For The Special Child
Computer Graphics In Art Education
Individual Study Of Art For The Graduate Student (12 credits as approved by advisor)
Other art education courses as approved by advisor
Supporting Area
Select 6 credits as approved by advisor6
Content Area Literacy (Recommended)
Child Behavior And Development (Recommended)
Other education courses as approved by faculty advisor
Master's Thesis, Project, or Internship
Select one of the following: 3-4
Research In Art Education
Masters Research Project In Art Education
Master's Research Thesis In Art Education
Total Hours30-36
  • PLO 1. Students apply their understandings of student learning and diversity to their creation of visual Arts lesson plans.\\n
  • PLO 2. Students demonstrate their competence in visual art techniques, history, and applications.\\n
  • PLO 3. Students design and apply varied and effective assessments to their evaluation of their students learning.\\n
  • PLO 4. Students plan and organize educational environments that promote learning and empathy.\\n
  • PLO 5. Students maintain professionalism in their self-presentation and in their relationships with colleagues.