Art Education – about

Memphis College of Art offers two graduate-level degree programs in art education as well as three non-degree programs. These programs will explore opportunities for artists to work as educators in schools, museums and community organizations. These fields of study combine studio practices with the intellectual and professional experiences necessary for furthering or starting a career as an art educator. Click here to view the Conceptual Framework or click here to download the Institutional Report (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format).

Courses can be applied to the following:

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): The MAT degree program is designed for those candidates committed to the growth and development of others through the exchange of knowledge but who are not yet certified as teachers. Candidates must have a BFA, BS or BA with a strong studio concentration. The program integrates hands on experience with studio preparation, ensuring that candidates are informed by practice, current theory and research. Upon completion of this program, and obtaining passing tests on the required Praxis II exams, graduates are eligible for K-12 certification in Visual Arts in Tennessee and by reciprocal agreement, most other states. (40 hours)

Master of Arts in Education (MAArtEd): The MAArtEd degree program is designed principally for those experienced, licensed educators who are ready to further develop their artistic, scholarly, and leadership capabilities in art education. The program explores new approaches to creating, teaching and researching visual arts processes. (31 hours)

Add on Endorsement in Art Education:
 This program is designed for teachers who are licensed in areas other than visual arts K-12, but demonstrate a strong background in visual arts. Candidates may add an endorsement by passing Praxis II Exam: Art Content and Analysis (0135) and by completing coursework as determined by faculty advisors.  Candidate employed full time as a teacher can receive a scholarship in the form of reduced tuition by submitting a Teaching Verification Form.

Transitional Licensure in Art Education:
 This program is for candidates who hold a BFA, BS, or BA degree and have a minimum of 24 hours of studio coursework, are currently employed by a school system and who must gain state licensure in Visual Arts K-12). Candidates take 19 hours of coursework that must be completed within three years that can be applied toward the MAT degree with application and acceptance into the program.  Candidates must work full time as a visual arts teacher, pass all required Praxis II exams, apply annually for licensure renewal and have at least two years of satisfactory school evaluations. (19 hours)

Plus 30 Semester Hours: This program is for licensed art educators with a masters degree.  The Plus 30 Semester Hour Program allows for future pursuit of additional studies for professional development and pay increases from respective school systems. Entry to courses is on a space available basis in the published schedule of classes. Some school systems may refer to this as Plus 45 Quarter Hours.