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M.S. in Art Education (+Dual M.S.)

Shape the future of the field of art education.
Art education at Penn State explores the making of art and curriculum as the making of ideas that matter. In the M.S. program, you’ll delve deeper into the discipline, completing work that prepares you for doctoral study or a range of positions in the field, including teaching at all levels, administration, research, and art supervision.

Build on your experience as an art educator through research in the field. The M.S. in Art Education is geared toward art educators who want to pursue research relevant to the discipline. The M.S., including a dual-title Art Education + Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies option, will prepare you for doctoral study or for a range of teaching, administrative, research, and art supervision positions.

The purpose of Penn State’s Art Education program is to prepare professional educators who are critical, reflective practitioners, researchers, and artists. As a graduate of this program, you will be poised to become an agent of change for social justice in diverse educational settings. You will be encouraged to collaborate across disciplines, professions, and constituencies to promote social change that leads to educational improvement and transformation.

M.S. program requirements include a minimum of 30 credits at the 400, 500, 600, or 800 level, with at least 18 credits at the 500 and 600 level, combined. All students must take a minimum of 15 credits in art education, covering research in art education, foundations of art education, and curriculum development or history. A thesis is required for graduation. Applicants should have completed either a baccalaureate degree in art education or an approved degree in a related field, such as studio art, art history, education, or museum education, with at least a 3.0 junior-senior GPA.

Is the M.S. in Art Education right for you?

The M.S. in Art Education is for students interested in building on their current experience in art education through research in the field. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared for doctoral study or a range of positions, from teaching to research to administration. Penn State’s Art Education program is known for producing well-rounded educators with the background, skills, knowledge, and cultural understanding to positively contribute to the field, whether it be by teaching art, leading others in how they can contribute to the profession, or conducting research that will ultimately impact the discipline as a whole.

BPS showcasing Art Education research exhibition on transdisciplinary creativity.
Art Education student research exhibit on sexual and gender diversity in the HUB gallery.

Degree Options

The M.S. can be undertaken as a dual-title M.S. in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies degree.

Dual M.S. + Gender Studies

Series of sculptures displayed in foreground and on plinths leaning against a wall; part of “Preservation of Forgetting,” a body of work in which artist Sidney Mullis labors to let go of the topics—gender, sexuality, desire, and intimacy.

The dual-title graduate degree in Art Education + Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is for students who want to focus on feminist and non-binary perspectives and pedagogy in their art education research.

Coursework in art education, gender and sexuality studies, and related disciplines such as philosophy, curriculum and instruction, sociology, anthropology, and other fields provides necessary theoretical and methodological background for thesis and dissertation research.

Faculty for the dual-title degree program bring a range of teaching, research, and administrative experience from across the country and around the world. The international student body provides students with insight into a range of teaching practices.

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The dual-title M.S. creates a new perspective.

Among the only interdisciplinary research degrees in art ed and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

  • Bring a progressive gender perspective to art education research.

  • Teach in the public schools or in college, pursue research, or take on an administrative role.

  • Enjoy all the resources of a large research university within a close-knit environment.

  • Faculty bring a range of experiences from around the country and the world.

  • Explore non-binary pedagogy, and combine research across art ed and gender studies disciplines.

  • Penn State has sponsored the annual Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE) conference since 2005.

Alumni Spotlight

While I’m still dreaming bigger and bigger, I always think about the incredible foundation that my Penn State education has provided for me.
Penn State alumnus Devan Shimoyama

Alumni Spotlight

Devan Shimoyama

B.F.A. in Art 2011

Devan’s award-winning art uses painting, sculpture, and photography to challenge gender stereotypes and confront racial and cultural injustice with a vibrant, modern edge. He has exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum and in numerous major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Paris.

Colorful illustration by Devan Shimoyama
Colorful illustration by Devan Shimoyama

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