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Columbus State University

Master of Education
Art Education

College of the Arts

Department of Art

Program Description

The M.Ed. program in art education provides candidates the opportunity to further their knowledge through investigation and research of current issues, concepts and curriculum and to pursue their creative work in the studios as well as advanced studies in art history. This degree is for teachers with a clear renewable teaching certification.

Students admitted as candidates for the Master of Education degree must satisfactorily complete a planned program of study and a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. At least 18 of these hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above. A graduate student's program, planned cooperatively with an advisor from the College of Education and Health Professions, will emphasize development both in the teaching field and in professional studies. Specific questions concerning Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for teacher certification should be directed to the COEHP Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences, or to the department that offers the student's area of study.

Teachers holding a teaching certificate or Certificate of Eligibility may pursue advanced professional and pedagogical studies by enrolling in a Masters of Education (MEd) degree program. The MEd programs are designed to increase the candidate's expertise in the selected program of study. All advanced education programs are based on the principles identified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). At the conclusion of each program of study, the candidate demonstrates expertise through the successful completion of carefully designed exit requirements. These may include a written comprehensive examination, a completed research project, or other related exit requirements.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the M.Ed. program, the candidate may apply to upgrade teacher certification to the T-5 level.

Admission Requirements

  • The general portion of the Revised Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with "writing assessment" component for Master of Education (MED) Program
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree
  • A clear renewable teaching license or documentation of eligibility for certification (approved program completion and applicable licensure exam scores)
  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications
  • An official transcript and portfolio evaluation and an interview with the art education program coordinator to determine the level of studio skills, qualifications, and if applicable, courses to transfer. Students may be advised to complete certain undergraduate courses and/or prerequisites for graduate-level courses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate competence in  Art Portfolio Preparation and Exhibition.

Graduates will demonstrate competence in Art History and Critical Analysis.

Graduates will demonstrate competence in Research in Art. 

Graduates will demonstrate competence Art Education Concepts. 

Graduates will demonstrate competence in P-12 Curriculum Development in Art.

Additional Program Requirements

The M.Ed. program in art education is collaboratively planned and delivered by the College of Education and the Department of Art. It is designed for those who currently hold a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification. The program builds on this foundation of knowledge and provides greater breadth and depth in content and opportunities to develop a higher level of expertise in teaching.

This Degree is subject to the following requirements:

  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies.
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses (may be appealed to the College of Education Graduate Council).
  • A minimum of 27 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence.
  • A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a master degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student's advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.
  • Students must pass an exit examination in the Department of Art. The Department of Art offers students the option of an exit examination, thesis, or exhibition of studio art.

Program Of Study

Area 1 Professional Core Required Hours: 7
EDUF 6795 Collaboration for Sch/Stu Impr (1 semester hour)
EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6116 Educational Research Methods

Area 2 Content Concentration Required Hours: 23
ARTE 6185 Concepts in Art Education
ARTE 6187 Curriculum in Art Education
ARTE 6999 Thesis/Exhibit Research
ARTH 5125 Research and Seminar in Art History

Select four of the following courses:
ARTE 6186 Graduate Problem: Art Education
ARTH 6185 Graduate Problem: Art History


Area 3 Education Electives Required Hours: 6
Select two courses from the following:
EDCI 6159 Integrating Multicultural/Global Studies Throughout the Curriculum
EDEC 6155 Early Childhood in a Contemporary Society
EDMG 6155 Psychology of the Early Adolescent Learner
EDUT 6206 Introduction to Instructional Technology
SPED 5205 Learning/Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Disabilities, Gifts, and Talents

Exit Requirements Required Hours: 0
ARTE 7000 Graduate Exhibition

Total hours: 36
(Students must have a minimum of 18 semester credit hours at the 6000 level.)

*Instructor approval is required to register for 5000-6000 level studio courses (ARTS). Students not approved for graduate-level studio work must take the necessary undergraduate prerequisites.