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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Art Education, M.A.Ed

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The Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) degree allows students who are certified with art teaching certification to strengthen art content while developing skill in the teaching of art at all levels. Students who hold degrees in either Art or Art Education and have obtained Tier 4 (T4) certification are encouraged to apply. Students seeking a teaching certification at the graduate level may apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching  (M.A.T.) in Art Education. Candidates for the M.A.T. may be asked to complete additional coursework as advised by graduate faculty base on the portfolio review.

The Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs are taught to a cohort group of students who progress through course work together. Both traditional M.A.Ed. students with teaching certification and graduate students seeking certification (M.A.T.) may be included in the cohort.

All degree programs of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) through Georgia State University.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design by contacting the school’s director of graduate studies.

Application Procedures

Applications for the M.A.Ed. and M.A.T. programs are reviewed in the spring for fall admissions. Each applicant must satisfy the general requirements of the College of the Arts. Incomplete or improperly prepared applications and portfolios will not be reviewed.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design has the following requirements:

M.A.Ed. Degree (30 hours)

Applicants for the M.A.Ed. degree must submit the following items:

1.     Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.

2.     Statement of Intent: A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program at Georgia State University will serve those interests and goals.
The letters of recommendation and the statement of intent should be uploaded with the other application materials, or sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

3.     Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. The portfolio should contain both two- and three-dimensional work. It should reflect basic skills in drawing and design and sufficient advanced skill in one area. A total of 20 images should be submitted if the applicant is not a practicing art educator. If the applicant is a practicing art teacher, a minimum of ten images of personal studio work and up to ten images of student work are acceptable. Under no circumstances should more than 20 images be submitted. Examples of work by the applicant’s students should represent a variety of media and reflect quality in design, craftsmanship, originality, complexity, and historical or cultural content.
Submission guidelines for the statement and portfolio preparation are the same as the M.F.A. degree.

4.     A current resume/CV outlining your skills, experience, and interest.

5.     Transcript. Unofficial transcripts for the application are acceptable and official transcripts required upon admission.

Specific admission requirements for the M.A.Ed. degree include the following:

1.     An undergraduate major appropriate to the intended major at Georgia State University.

2.     A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement, usually a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

3.     Proof of Tier 4 teaching certification (from Georgia or other state).

Applicants to the M.A.Ed. degree program who would like to supplement their portfolios before making officially applying are encouraged to enroll in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design as a post baccalaureate or non-degree graduate students. Applications for post baccalaureate status may be requested from the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Georgia State University. Application for non-degree graduate status maybe completed online through the traditional graduate application. Applicants are encouraged to meet personally with a member of the art education faculty to familiarize themselves with requirements of the program before application.

Please note: Deadlines are for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline. It is recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.

Degree Requirements

The thesis in art education may concentrate solely on an art education issue, or explore a studio or art history oriented problem that is tied to an art education issue.

Research in art education may focus on action research in the candidate’s own classroom as well as other research methodologies. Thesis research that includes a thesis exhibition is also acceptable.

Three Hours of Coursework in Art History

Twelve Hours of Studio Art and Art Education Requirement

Select from the Following

Select from the courses below as advised to meet the twelve hours of studio art and art education requirement:

Three Hours of Psychology of Learning Requirement

Select one:

Three Hours of Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education Requirement

Select one:

Three Hours of Research Methodology Requirement

Select one:

Six Hours of Thesis Research

AE 8999  Thesis Research 6 Credit Hours (can be divided into up to three semester, including summer)