Art Education Programs at Kent State

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education

The completion of the Bachelor in Arts in Art Education certifies students for pre-K-12 licensure. The program graduates teachers who apply learner-centered pedagogy through the use of expressive, technical, and organizational skills with a basic understanding of the philosophical and social foundations underlying art in education. Our graduates understand child development and the creative needs of learners; use traditional and newer technological processes; incorporate art history and aesthetic concepts to studio practices; employ instructional strategies based on reflective practice; and create learning environments that help students build on prior knowledge and meet success.

Master of Art in Art Education

Licensed art education teachers who complete an art education master’s degree at Kent State University develop a focused competence in the visual arts as well as an intellectual understanding of the history and current issues of the field of art education. Students complete a course on quantitative and qualitative approaches to research then select to do a research study with a thesis or a master’s project option. The thesis culminates in a document that is based on scholarly research of an art education related topic. The master’s project involves action research, which focuses on participant/researcher studies in curriculum, classroom settings, grant implementation, and/or community-based projects.

Masters of Arts in Teaching

Students earning the M.A.T. with an emphasis in Art Education receive a master’s degree and eligibility for pre-K-12 licensure in the visual arts from the State of Ohio. After satisfying undergraduate art education requirements, students enter the M.A.T. program. Classes for the M.A.T are organized so requirements can be completed in one calendar year (one summer plus two semesters) of full-time study.

The M.A.T. cohort group is designed to be small in number to afford each student outstanding preparation and the opportunity to move through the program with a community of learners. This format engenders the sharing of values and attitudes while fostering professional growth.

After a summer term of course work that focuses on the foundations and principles of education, M.A.T. students spend two consecutive semesters in a combination campus-based and school-based internship. This integrated approach fosters both theoretical understanding and the development of the practical skills needed to be a successful teacher.

During the internship, instructional responsibilities are gradually increased until the intern is ready to manage a classroom with a minimum of supervision. Course work is tied to the internship and professional growth is regularly evaluated.