Online Art Education, MA Ed | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Art Education, MA Ed (Classroom Emphasis)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Art Education, Masters of Art in Education with an emphasis in Classroom Education degree program is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are currently teaching art in a K-12 school system.

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

  • Diverse course offerings that are rigorous and research-oriented.
  • Course design that addresses new pedagogical and learning theories in the classroom. 
  • Challenges of todays increasingly diverse classroom as students are mainstreamed into the classroom.  

The program meets the criteria for excellent programs set forth by the National Art Education Association.

The Art History, MA Ed (Classroom Education Emphasis) program offers two options:

  • Research paper track. Preparation for K-12 teachers with curriculum instruction designed to address new pedagogical and learning theories.
  • Thesis track. Preparation for individuals interested in pursuing 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.

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. 

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

Career Outlook: As the baby boomer generation of teachers retires, the demand for teachers will grow in the next 10 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for elementary school teachers is 7% while the job growth for middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 8%.  

This program is ideal for those interested in teaching: 

  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Media Arts
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Richard Schuessler
Professor, Department Chair

Richard Schuessler's teaching interests revolve around artwork, design projects, graphic design and new emerging technologies associated with art and design. Schuessler's student projects have been recognized in local, regional and national competitions. Besides teaching, Schuessler is also the web designer and coordinator for the UNK-affiliated Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney and is the art director for "Dpi Graphics," a student-based design studio.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelors 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, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the application to Graduate Studies
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Sessions
April 10

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ART 803Art Education Research Methods3

Course Number: 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.

ART 812Curriculum Development & Assessment in PK-12 Classrooms3

Course Number: ART 812

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 844History, Theories and Philosophies of Art Education3

Course Number: ART 844

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 845Multicultural Art in the Elementary & Secondary Curriculum3

Course Number: ART 845

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 848Art For Students With Diverse Needs3

Course Number: 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 895Art Education Research Paper3

Course Number: 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

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ART 807PArt Methods for Young Children3

Course Number: 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.

ART 820Graduate Art History Survey I for Art Educators3

Course Number: ART 820

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 821Art Histroy Survey II for Art Educators3

Course Number: ART 821

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 825Intercultural Aesthetics and Pedagogical Practice3

Course Number: 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.

ART 826Non-Western Art History3

Course Number: 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.

ART 828Creative Photography3

Course Number: 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.

ART 846Seminar in Art Education3

Course Number: ART 846

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

ART 849Art Across the Curriculum3

Course Number: 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 850CPainting3

Course Number: 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 855Art Education in American Culture3

Course Number: 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.

ART 856Visual Culture and Studio Practice3

Course Number: 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.

ART 860Seminar in Art Criticism and Philosophy3

Course Number: ART 860

Aesthetics and philosophy of art criticism for advanced students.

ART 865Directed Reading3

Course Number: ART 865

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

ART 872 PWomen in Art3

Course Number: 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)

ART 873Modern Art History3

Course Number: 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.

ART 875PCultural Studies Through Art3

Course Number: ART 875P

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

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $494.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $546.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1482.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1638.75

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