Art Education, MA Ed (Museum Education)

Master of Arts Education Degree with an Emphasis in Museum Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $504.00

Program Overview

The online Art Education Masters in Art Education with an emphasis in Museum Education degree program is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are pursuing a career in museum education.

The online Art Education, MA Ed (Museum Emphasis) program explores:

  • Dynamic discussions about readings on art, museums and curricula
  • Visual literacy through the interpretation of culturally relevant images
  • Engaging gallery activities
  • Group discussions with opportunities for studio projects
  • New information and materials for classroom use

Through the many course options available to students, the 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.

This program provides opportunities for students who hold a BA or BS degree in Art Education, BFA, BA or BS in Visual Arts, Art History and Museum Studies to continue their educational goals by completing a graduate program.

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

Career Outlook: Museums of the 21st century are evolving and increasing in number, expanding in size and becoming available virtually. Practical approaches are needed for incorporating contemporary art into curricula. The growth rate for jobs as an archivist, curator or museum worker is growing faster than average, at about 13% in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This program is ideal for professionals looking to work in areas such as an:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Museum Technician
  • Conservator
  • Museum Educator

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    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

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. Resume

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ART 856Visual Culture and Studio Practice3
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.
ART 812Curriculum Development & Assessment in PK-12 Classrooms3
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.
ART 849Art Across the Curriculum3
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 807PArt Methods for Young Children3
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.
ART 803Art Education Research Methods3
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.
ART 895Art Education Research Paper3
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. Prerequisite: Completion of 27 hours of the program and ART 803.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ART 872 PWomen in Art3
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.
ART 855Art Education in American Culture3
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.
ART 865Directed Reading3
Supervised study and research in an area approved by the instructor. By permission of instructor only.
ART 848Art For Students With Diverse Needs3
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 846Seminar in Art Education3
A study of the philosophies of art education; investigation of current practices and techniques used.
ART 873Modern Art History3
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.
ART 850CPainting3
Research in advanced problems in painting. A student may take a total of nine hours of ART 850A through ART 850F.
ART 825Intercultural Aesthetics and Pedagogical Practice3
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.
ART 820Graduate Art History Survey I for Art Educators3
This is a graduate level art history survey course which covers material from pre-history through the Renaissance and incorporates classroom projects that the student will then have as an option to introduce the material into their classrooms.
ART 845Multicultural Art in the Elementary & Secondary Curriculum3
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 844History, Theories and Philosophies of Art Education3
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.
ART 826Non-Western Art History3
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.
ART 875PCultural Studies Through Art3
The study of the visual arts and culture of a region or country through travel and research.
ART 821Art History Survey II for Art Educators3
This is a graduate level art history survey course which covers material from Renaissance through Contemporary Art and incorporates classroom projects that the student will then have as an option to introduce the material into their classrooms.
ART 860Seminar in Art Criticism and Philosophy3
Aesthetics and philosophy of art criticism for advanced students.
ART 828Creative Photography3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

William Cavill
Assistant Professor

William Cavill's scholarly and artistic pursuits are heavily influenced by his technological and educational backgrounds and self-expressive ideals. He has taught art and art education to students whose ages have ranged from two to sixty, across the country. He serves on the Art Scholarship Committee.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 11
  • Spring SemesterNov 11
  • Summer SessionsApr 11
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Accreditation of Teacher Education and Nebraska Department of Education