M.A. in Art Education Online Program

Masters of Art in Art Education Online

The online MA in Art Education provides the same rigorous curriculum as the campus-based program. This distance-learning program is designed for pre-K-12 art educators in public and private schools, museums, and enrichment classes who wish to continue with graduate study in the field of art education.

Our program addresses all of the visual arts, as defined by the National Art Education Association, to include both contemporary art and design.  Addressing both will prepare you to make a powerful contribution in guiding students in their cognitive, social, and emotional development in preparation for college, career, and citizenry. 

Highlights include:

• Opportunities for research focus in a variety of specializations

• Coursework in design education and contemporary art

• Online studio art courses

• No required campus attendance

Please refer to our graduate admissions page for information on how to apply.



The admission cycle for fall 2023 is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.  We invite you to consider applying to our program when the next application cycle opens in August of 2023 for Fall 2024 admission.  Our application deadline for the School of Art is generally in early February, so please be sure to check our website next fall for exact deadlines and ensure that all application materials arrive by that date to qualify for admission consideration.

For information, contact Dr. Robin Vande Zande, Coordinator of Art Education at rvandeza@kent.edu or 330-672-7866.

Graduates will 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. The program at Kent State provides coursework in studio practice and art history in conjunction with theoretical research in art education pedagogy. Once the candidacy exam is passed, students may choose a thesis or project option as a capstone experience. The thesis culminates in a document that is based on scholarly research on 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. The MA program is 100% online with no required campus attendance. Students in the program complete a 34-credit course of study in two years. You may also choose a hybrid degree and combine elements of the online program with campus-based classes to suit your particular schedule.

The art education program at Kent State provides an arena for students to pursue research in a variety of specializations including, but not limited to, inclusive educational practices and special needs students, diversity as it relates to gender, multiculturalism and globalization, and the needs of 21st century learners. Students will also take a course in pre-K-12 Design Education, a new pedagogical process that creates a collaborative problem-solving environment in K-12 classrooms. Four full-time resident faculty members are able to provide ample support and guidance throughout the entire program, culminating in the thesis and project completion.

Online Courses offered in the Fall semesters:

  • ARTE 61191 Seminar in Art Education I (3) (take before ARTE 61101)
  • ARTE 61101 Research Seminar in Art Education (3)

Online Courses offered in the Spring semesters:

  • ARTE 61291 Seminar in Art Education II (3)
  • ARTE 51004 PreK-12 Design Education (3)
  • ARTE 61380 Master's Research Seminar (1) (take after ARTE 61191, 61291, and 61101)
  • ARTE 61398 Master's Project Research (2) (take at same time as ARTE 61380)

Online Courses that may be taken in Fall or Spring semester:

  • ARTE 61209 Candidacy Review Exam (1)
  • ART 67199 Thesis (6) (take after ARTE 61191, 61291, 61101, and 61209)
  • Independent study

Specific Studio and Art History courses are offered online both semesters and during the summer.  Check the University Schedule of Courses for the most up to date information. 


Information on financial aid is available on the Student Financial Aid website.

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