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Art Education, MA Ed with Classroom Emphasis

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Enhance your craft, advance your art career

Knowledgably nurture the talents of your students or prepare for your own doctoral program with this 36-hour Masters in Art Education degree, which addresses new pedagogical and learning theories.

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Grad EducationThe Master in Education – Art Education: Classroom Education Emphasis is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are currently teaching art in a K-12 school system.  The program provides opportunities for students who hold a BA or BS degree in Art Education, BFA, BA or a BS in a Visual Arts degree program, Art History and Museum Studies.  This degree does not grant certification to teach art in K-12 schools.

This online degree program offers two options:

  1. Degree option for K-12 teachers – Prepares teachers for today's challenges in the classroom with curriculum designed to address new pedagogical and learning theories.
  2. Degree option for those who want to pursue a doctoral degree

Through the many course options available to students, the Masters in Art Education program can be designed in a way that accommodates students' academic needs and/or location needs. A research paper on an art education topic is the final project.

Note: This degree does not grant certification to teach art in K-12 schools.

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, the online art education degree program is also accredited by:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
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Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$278.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$318.00
3 credit hour$834.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$954.00


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$443.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$483.00
3 credit hour$1,329.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,449.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $4.00 records fee each semester they enroll in courses.

This program requires 36 credit hours.


Required courses 12 credit hours ART 812, 844, 845 and 848
Electives 18 credit hours Three credits from ART 826, 872P, 873 or 875P plus any of the following courses ART 800P, 807P, 825, 828, 846, 849, 850C, 855, 856,860, 865 and 899P
Research   6 credit hours ART 803 and 895
Course Name
Course #
Core Courses


ART 800P
Experimentation in form, value, line, color, and pictorial composition is encouraged as a means toward individual expression. Open to students who have completed basic courses in drawing composition.

Art Education Research Methods

ART 803

This is a required "Arts Based Educational Research" (ABER) class. This course prepares the student for coursework and the final research paper within the ABER rationale. This class includes the development of research and writing skills and becoming proficient in APA style. In addition to Arts Based Education Research, other methodologies include case studies, action research and qualitative and quantitative research.

Curriculum Development & Assessment in PK-12...

ART 812

Curriculum Development & Assessment in PK-12 Classrooms

This course is an exploration of the many aspects involved in developing an art curriculum. Included is curriculum as a body of knowledge to be transmitted, as a product, as a process, and as praxis. Students will choose their grade level focus and will write a yearly curriculum. Tied to curriculum is assessment. Assessment is considered difficult to accomplish in art. Drawing on current theories and visible practices in the qualitative assessment of art, strategies will be presented which address criteria for authentic assessment in art using transparent, logical, and intuitive methods.

History, Theories and Philosophies of Art...

ART 844

History, Theories and Philosophies of Art Education

Students will learn about the development of American art education by examining historical ideas and practices and current theories and philosophies. Influences of society on art education and the impact of art and art education in a democratic society will be explored.

Multicultural Art in the Elementary &...

ART 845

Multicultural Art in the Elementary & Secondary Curriculum

This course explores the art of many cultures and enhances the teaching of art to a culturally diverse student body. Problems and issues of teaching art from cultures other than one's own will be addressed. Multiple aesthetic perspectives will be examined and debated.

Art For Students With Diverse Needs

ART 848
Students in this course will be instructed on methodologies for teaching students with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, gifted students, the very young and the elderly.

Art Education Research Paper

ART 895
Prerequisites: Completion of 27 hours of the program, TE 800 The development of a problem, written or creative, in Art to be developed under the supervision of the major Professor in the discipline. By permission of graduate advisor.
Elective Courses

Art Methods for Young Children

ART 807P
This interactive course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate art programs for children from birth through age eight. Topics include curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning in addition to several historical perspectives and theories of child development and best practices for early childhood art education. We will examine key concepts as they relate to specific art activities. Graduate students will conduct research on a selected topic. Recommended prerequisite of a basic or advanced design course which provides fundamental training in art elements and principles with an emphasis on art materials, processes and the development of a basic art vocabulary.

Intercultural Aesthetics and Pedagogical Practice

ART 825
This course explores the history and theories of the development of aesthetics in art. Course requirements include directed reading and special investigation of traditional and current trends in aesthetic theories in relationship to diverse world cultures. Appropriate application to the K-12 art classroom will be explored.

Non-Western Art History

ART 826

This course is a graduate level survey of the art and architecture of various cultural regions around the world. Areas of the world will be selected by the professor teaching the course according to his/her area of expertise. The goal of this course is to consider the interrelationship between the visual properties of art objects and the social and cultural contexts of their production.

Creative Photography

ART 828
The primary goal of this course will be to explore photography technically, visually, and conceptually. This course will explore the artistic potential of photography via digital technologies. We will start with an overview on the basics of photography as they pertain to using digital cameras and digital output and move onto exploring some of the major concepts and visual theories on photography. This course will culminate into an original body of photographic work.

Seminar in Art Education

ART 846
A study of the philosophies of art education; investigation of current practices and techniques used.

Art Across the Curriculum

ART 849
This class explores the methods for incorporating art into other subjects and other subjects into art. Students in this class will learn how to develop interdisciplinary (integrated) lessons which address multiple intelligences, are intellectually stimulating and help develop children's problem-solving skills.


ART 850C
ART 850 A, B, C, D, E, F - Painting. 
Research in advanced problems in painting. May be taken for credit up to a total of nine hours.

Art Education in American Culture

ART 855
This course will explore questions about American culture and the historical impact visual art education has had on culture and how culture has impacted art education. Students will examine art education's current cultural role in a pluralistic society.

Visual Culture and Studio Practice

ART 856
The primary goal of this course will be to explore what Visual Culture means. Students will create expressive works of art using contemporary art practices which reflect the ideas of Visual Culture. This work will be disseminated using the internet and its resources like Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube.

Seminar in Art Criticism and Philosophy

ART 860
Aesthetics and philosophy of art criticism for advanced students.

Directed Reading

ART 865
Supervised study and research in an area approved by the instructor. By permission of instructor only.

Women in Art

ART 872 P
This course analyzes women's artistic role in their societies and highlights pertinent issues in each individual period. "Women in Art" is a chronological survey from the prehistoric era through the end of the twentieth century. Research (3-6 credit hours)

Modern Art History

ART 873

ART 873 is a graduate level survey of art in the western world from 1900 to the present. The course revisits the questions: What is art? How can we define modernity? Is there “progress” in the visual arts? And what is modern art? Additionally, this course asks, what is Post Modern art and is it different from modern art? If so, how? Overarching themes, such as modernism, progress, the concept of the avant-garde and its uneasy relation with the general public, vision and reality, and the functions of the artist in society, are explored through time. Three main units will be outlined – European Art from 1900-1945, American Art from 1945-1980, and Post Modern and Contemporary Art from 1980-Present. Works of individual artists and movements will be examined within their social, religious, intellectual, and historical contexts.

Cultural Studies Through Art

ART 875P
The study of the visual arts and culture of a region or country through travel and research.

Museum Seminar

ART 899P
By permission of instructor.

Students may also take a variety of art courses on campus to complete the 36 credit hours required.

Derrick Burbul, MFA, Associate Professor, Foundations & Photography

William Cavill, Jr., Assistant Professor, Art Educ.

Anne Franklin, Ed. D. , Lecturer

John Fronczak, MFA, Senior Lecturer, Drawing & Foundations

Lisa Kastello, Ed. D., Assistant Professor, Art Education

Doug Waterfield, MFA, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Art History

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in the Masters in Art Education program the student must have:
  • Bachelor's degree in Art Education, or a BFA, BA or BS in a Visual Art Degree Program. These degrees must have a minimum of 24 semester hours of art/art history/art education courses.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission

Application Checklist

  1. Submit online application to Graduate Admissions at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  2. Include the non-refundable application fee.
  3. Request official transcripts from all college/universities attended.  Transcripts should be sent to: 

    Graduate Admissions
    University of Nebraska at Kearney
    2504 9th Avenue, FDHL Room 2131
    Kearney, NE  68849

Within the online graduate application the applicant will:

  • Upload a current resume and a statement elaborating the reasons for pursuing advanced studies in art education. 
    • The statement should be two to four pages in length using standard margins and font.
  • Request two written recommendations from individuals (not related to the applicant) who are familiar with and can attest to the student’s professional qualities and academic potential.
    • The online application requires email addresses for these individuals.  An online form will automatically be sent to the recommenders upon submission of the application.
  • Once application, application fee and transcripts are received, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward applicant’s file to the department for review. Once review is complete, the department will notify the Graduate Admissions Office of their recommendation. 
  • Official notification of admission will be sent to the applicant from the Graduate Admissions Office via mail.  Students may view the receipt of materials via their To-Do list and also the status of their application via the Student Center in their MyBlue account.


Application Deadlines


Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Sessions March 15



Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Name: Dr. Lisa Kastello
Phone: 308.627.6224

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Name: Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520

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