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M.Ed. in Professional Studies in Arts in Education


The Master of Education in Professional Studies in Art in Education is a graduate level, practitioner-based program designed for experienced art teachers who want to acquire advanced knowledge and leadership skills in the field of art education.

The M.Ed. in Professional Studies degree does not lead to teaching licensure and is designed for teachers that already hold a teaching license. If you wish to earn your teaching license, please apply to our M.Ed. and Initial Teaching License program.


With guidance from faculty advisors, students complete at least 30 semester credits of work in three areas: a core academic program in education, courses specific to the area of art education, and elective courses. Requirements also include a school-based project examining a problem, issue, or topic identified by the student.

To see detailed course information visit the M.Ed. Professional Studies page in the graduate catalog and scroll down under the Arts in Education sub-plan.

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)

Career Outlook

  • Teachers with a master's degree are regarded as experts in their field, making you a more competitive job candidate with an M.Ed.
  • Teachers who have a master's degree will see a roughly $7,000 annual salary increase []
  • Though the salary increase with a master's degree will vary by district and state, Minnesota teachers are on the higher end of the payscale. Median Minnesota teacher salaries were $62,470 and $64,310 for middle school and high school respectively in 2016 [BLS]
  • Once a teacher is employed, there is much more mobility that comes with a Master's. Teachers with advanced degrees can be promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon specific graduate training.

Timeline and Admissions

Priority admission deadlines:

  • December 15 (Spring start)
  • April 30 (Summer start)
  • July 31 (Fall start)

Coursework can be completed in one year as a full-time student or in two years as a part-time student. Courses are scheduled in the summer or evenings for working professionals.

Detailed admissions information is available on the M.Ed in Professional Studies admissions page.

Sara Strother, arts in education student

"It was really helpful to be in graduate school during my second and third year of teaching. I felt supported and guided during those formative years of my early experiences in the classroom."

Sara Strother, M.Ed. 2017

Art teacher and Chair of the Fine arts Department at Mound Westonka High School