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Master of Arts in Teaching
Art Education

College of the Arts

Department of Art

Program Description

MAT programs are designed for individuals holding a bachelor's degree in a closely related field who wish to obtain a teaching certificate and master's degree in education. Programs provide professional and pedagogical studies that develop proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of beginning teachers.

Art Education prepares highly qualified teachers of art for instruction in elementary and secondary schools by providing challenging course work in pedagogy, curriculum content, and assessment consistent with the national, state, and local standards and goals. The graduate program in art education provides students with an opportunity to further their knowledge through investigation and research of current issues and curriculum in art education and to pursue their creative work in the studios.

Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The CSU Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the M.A.T. program and passing scores on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) basic skills and content tests allow the candidate to be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for teacher certification at the T-5 level (i.e., the letter “T” indicates that the certificate is in a teaching field and the number “5” indicates that the candidate’s highest degree is a master’s degree recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission).

Admission Requirements

  • Degree in related field or a minimum of 25 semester hours of approved coursework
  • Transcript evaluation to determine content courses needed for certification.
  • 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
  • Satisfactory scores on the general portion (quantitative and verbal) of the Revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with "writing assessment" component; OR passing scores on the GACE content examinations required in the intended teacher certification field
  • Passing score on the GACE Basic Skills Tests [Reading (200), Mathematics (201), Writing (202)] or exemption through satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, or having a masters degree or above from a PSC-accepted accredited institution

    • GACE Basic Skills Exemption Scores
    • SAT – 1000 (combination of Verbal and Math scores)
    • ACT – 43 (combination of English and Math scores)
    • GRE – Combined score of 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) on tests taken before August 1, 2011 or combined score of 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) on tests taken after August 1, 2011
  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications
  • Completion of a satisfactory FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record and no discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.  Instructions and applications for the FBI background check can be found at or can be picked up in Jordan Hall, Room 107. Provisionally certified teachers may submit a letter from their school on official school letterhead stating that they have undergone a background check as a condition of employment.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate competence in the development of a Focused Portfolio in preparation for exhibition. 
Students will demonstrate competence in the application of Art History and critical analysis in a research paper. 
Students will demonstrate competence in the application of art education concepts. 
Students will demonstrate competence in the development of P-12 curriculum. 



Additional Program Requirements

This Degree is subjected 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. 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 masters 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.

Program Of Study

Area 1 Foundations Required Hrs: 9
EDCI 6225 American Education (2)
EDCI 6226 Instructional Applications (2)
EDCI 6227 Human Development, Motivation, and Learning (2)
EDCI 6228 Special Education (3)

Area 2 Professional Core Required Hrs: 6
ARTE 3215 Foundations in Art Education (3)
ARTE 4210 Art Education: Curriculum and Classroom Strategies (3)

Area 3 Professional Practice Required Hrs: 16-18
EDCI 6698 Teaching Internship (2 semesters) (6)
ARTE 4698 Service Learning Internship (1)
EDCI 6485 Student Teaching (one semester) (10)
EDUF 6125 Classroom Management (2)
EDUT 6105 Technology Infusion (3)

Area 4 Advanced Studies Required Hrs: 26
ARTE 6185 Concepts in Art Education (3)
ARTE 6187 Curriculum in Art Education (3)
ARTE 6999 Thesis/Exhibit Research (2)
ARTH 5125 Research and Seminar in Art History (3)
EDUF 6116 Educational Research Methods (3)

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

Exit Requirements
ARTE 7000 Graduate Exhibition (0)

Total Hours Required: 57-59

Note: A minimum of 36 semester hours of approved undergraduate art coursework is required for admission to the MAT program. Additional hours (3 - 12) of art coursework may be required depending on content background. Prospective students who do not have a degree in art must request a transcript evaluation and meet with the program coordinator to determine content courses needed for certification. All prospective MAT program candidates must submit a portfolio to the program coordinator for review.

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