The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The MA in art education gives you a balanced foundation as an artist, teacher, and researcher through one of two tracks: open and initial teacher license.

The open track consists of advanced study in the literature and theory of art education, studio arts, and art history and criticism, and it emphasizes the critical examination of art education research, curricula, and professional practices in public and private schools, museums, and community organizations. You’ll also complete a substantive independent research project related to contemporary art education.

The initial teaching license track prepares teacher candidates to earn a Massachusetts initial teacher license in visual arts for pre-K–12 settings. Requirements include art education core courses exploring artistic development, material inquiries, cultural diversity, and social justice frameworks and advanced electives in studio art, art history, criticism, and education. You’ll then participate in a pre-practicum and a full semester of a student teaching practicum, along with a seminar class. As in the open track, you will also complete a substantive independent research project, related to art curriculum or pedagogy.