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Art Education MEd

Course Description

The Masters of Education in Art Education degree is designed for students who want to engage in a broad and critical intellectual exploration of contemporary questions and debates in arts and education. It provides students with advanced professional preparation as teachers and curriculum supervisors. It involves coursework but not a thesis.

At the University of Illinois, faculty and graduate students build a vibrant community of inquiry within the context of a Research 1 University. This community, including faculty whose breadth of interests span topics including contemporary art and visual culture in education, formal and informal learning, cultural policy and urban studies, and teacher training and identity provides an intellectually stimulating environment for graduate students to stretch themselves intellectually and prepare for the possibility of future doctoral study.

The normal length of study is 2 semesters. Students complete 4 art education courses and have the opportunity to elect courses from studio art, art history as well as from any program offered in the university that is complimentary. For students seeking certification, an additional academic year of coursework is required plus 1 semester of teaching.

Masters students receive funding and support as teaching assistant. Funding includes a tuition waiver, salary, health insurance, annual conference funding, plus many opportunities to gain competitive grants. Funding is conditional upon students’ academic standing.

Faculty Interests

Arts-based research
Community arts education
Conceptual art practices and theory
Creative cities
Cultural globalization
Emerging curriculum theory
Performance studies
Social practice
Socially engaged art
Teacher identity
Urban education
Visual culture
Youth studies

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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