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Professional Development: M.Ed.
Art Education

Earn your master of education.

This is a practitioner-based, on-campus program designed for experienced art teachers who want to advance their careers and leadership capacity.

Number of credits: 30

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (spring start)
  • April 30 (summer start)
  • July 31 (fall start)
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What you'll learn

Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Core curriculum (12 credits):

  • Contemporary approaches to curriculum: Instruction and assessment
  • Practical research
  • School-related projects
  • Technology tools for educators

Art education curriculum (12 credits):

  • Application of aesthetic theory in education
  • Art media techniques
  • Issues in art education
  • Curriculum innovations in art education
  • Social and historical foundations of art education

+ Electives (6 credits)

Learn from leading scholars
Cutting-edge research

Our faculty have won teaching awards from universities across the country and internationally. Their research informs policy and fills textbooks.

Just as importantly, we want to support your interests. You'll work with a faculty adviser to plan your coursework around your interests.

Increased compensation
Good return on your investment

Earn, on average, $6,000/year more than a teacher with a bachelor's degree.

$660.17/credit for residents ($1,021.17/credit: nonresidents). Scholarships, grants, loans and loan forgiveness are available. More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Get credit for past work
Transfer credits

Maximum transfer credits: 12

Credits may have been taken at UMN, or at another institution. Credits must be at the graduate level and must be approved by a faculty adviser.

  1. Contact the academic adviser (for contact info, see below) to arrange to work with a faculty adviser to have your courses approved
  2. After the faculty adviser approves your transfer courses, fill out the Academic Policy Petition.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

A bachelor's degree and 2.80 GPA is required.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted.
  • Resume. Tailor your resume to focus on relevant academic and work experience.
  • Personal statement. Describe your career goals and rationale for pursuing your M.Ed. Limit: 1 page.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Anna Schick