M.A. in Art with a concentration in Art Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Art Education is to offer certified art teachers or individuals not seeking art teacher certification a rich professional development opportunity to further grow as visual arts educators. The program emphasizes a commitment to the complementary relationships between artistic expression; academic knowledge, understanding, and inquiry; and art education. Ultimately, the broad mission of both this M.A. program and the M.A.T. in Art Education program is to further strengthen the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of individuals as art educators and to thereby further strengthen art education practices throughout Rhode Island and beyond our state's borders.

Learning Outcome Statements

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Art -- with concentration in Art Education at Rhode Island College will:

  • further strengthen their art knowledge and art making skills, building on their foundational art understandings and skills acquired in their undergraduate programs;
  • expand and deepen their understanding of art education theory and curriculum development;
  • enhance their abilities to research content for art instruction and issues related to art education; develop art curricula; and engage in scholarship related to art education;
  • further strengthen their understandings and skills as visual arts education professionals; and
  • further increase their capacities to serve as art education advocates and leaders in the field of art education.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work.
  4. An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. A bachelor’s degree in art education or its equivalent, including 45 credit hours of art courses.
  7. A representative portfolio of art work.
  8. A plan of study approved by the advisor and appropriate dean.
  9. A written statement of purpose.
  10. An interview with the art education program coordinator.

Course Requirements

Course No. Course Title Credits

Art and Art Education

Two courses in art studio, history, or theory at the 400- or 500-level6
ART 560Graduate Seminar in the Visual Arts3
ARTE 515Curriculum in Art Education3

Professional Education Component

FNED 502Social Issues in Education3
FNED 520Cultural Foundations of Education3
SPED 531Universal Design for Educating All Students3

Professional Concentration

Twelve credit hours of courses chosen from approved areas12

Research and Thesis

ART 691Thesis3
ARTE 591Readings and Research in Art Education3

Total Credit Hours


Note: The M.A. program in art with concentration in art education does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in prekindergarten-through-grade-twelve teacher certification should see the M.A.T. program in art education.

Page last updated: August 13, 2013