Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Art Education for professionals in education with experience in art education who are interested in professional preparation in curriculum development, pedagogy, and action research in the visual arts. The program aims to help the educator develop their understanding of the role as a leader in the classroom and agent of change in the development of students’ educations. 

The program emphasizes studies in the development of art knowledge for the purpose of education of students. The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, which include topics such as learners with disabilities in elementary and middle school programs, recent topics in art education, and research in art education. 

Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional credentials necessary for roles as art educators. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to understand emerging issues of interest and importance in the field of art education, to understand historic and recent theories in the development of art and education as they influence art education policy and practice, and to demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriate to art education. In addition, students will be expected to fulfill the requirements of general educators, including the ability to understand the role of schools and its interaction with the community, the ability to utilize technologies for teaching and learning, to demonstrate understanding of the school and classroom climate which maximizes learning and minimizes discipline problems.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Development
    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.

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