Master in Education, Professional Studies in Arts in Education

The Master of Education (MEd) Professional Studies in Arts in Education is a graduate-level program designed for experienced art teachers who want to acquire advanced knowledge and leadership skills in the field of art education. 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.

This program is designed for teachers that already hold a teaching license. If you wish to earn your teaching license, please apply to our MEd and Teaching License in Arts in Education program.


Applications are accepted for three different start times throughout the year:

Priority deadline:

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

For detailed admissions and funding information, visit the MEd Professional Studies admissions page.


With guidance from faculty advisers, 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 MEd Professional Studies page in the graduate catalog and scroll down under the Arts in Education sub-plan.

Core coursework (10 credits):

  • CI 5049 - Digital Media & Technology Integration: Arts Education Theory & Practice
  • CI 5116 - Action Research in Educational Settings
  • CI 5155 - Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum: Instruction and Assessment
  • CI 5186 - School-Related Projects

Art in Education Requirements (14 credits):

  • CI 5050 - Issues in Art Education
  • CI 5069 - Curriculum Innovations in Arts Education
  • CI 5075 - The Social, Historical and Cultural Foundations of Arts Education
  • CI 5078 - Application of Aesthetic Theory in Education
  • CI 8079 - Arts Based Research in Education

+Electives (6 credits)

Courses will be selected in consultation with faculty advisor.

Career Outlook

  • Teachers with a master's degree are regarded as experts in their field, making you a more competitive job candidate with an MEd
  • 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 $64,790 and $64,960 for middle school and high school respectively in 2019 [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.

What our students have to say

Vanessa Hoff
My studies in the area of Arts-Based Educational Research have contributed not only to my teaching practice but also to my work as a visual artist.

Vanessa Hoff, MEd 2021
Art Teacher, Mound Westonka High School,
PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction, Gage Fellowship Recipient