M.A. 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.

This program does NOT result in eligibility for the Ohio Multi-Age Visual Arts Education (PreK-12) teaching license.  For initial licensure in Visual Arts Education, please refer to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offered through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. 

Also offered as 100% Online or Hybrid Degree

Designed for Pre-K-12 art educators in public and private schools, museums and enrichment classes, this program offers the choice of either 100-percent online with no required campus attendance or a combination of online and on-ground.

Students in the M.A. in Art Education program may complete a 34-credit course of study in two years. (* Up to 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred toward completion of this degree (some restrictions apply).)

These are some of the most basic equipment pieces you may need to begin an online learning program:

  • Access to an up-to-date computer (preferably made within the last three years)
  • High-speed Internet (a computer with Wi-Fi is preferable)
  • Personal email account

Students have the choice of two capstone options:

  • Thesis – the culmination of a quantitative or qualitative research study
  • Project – an action and research-based examination of a component in their teaching

Program highlights include courses in studio art, art history, design education, and art education theory and practice.

Learn About Our Online Program

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) - 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. 

Learn About Our M.A.T. Program



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.

Financial Aid

Information on financial aid is available through the

Office of Student Financial Aid

103 Michael Schwartz Center
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001


Graduate Degree information is available online.

Graduate Studies

For more information about the program in Art Education, contact Dr. Robin Vande Zande, Coordinator of Art Education at rvandeza@kent.edu or 330-672-7866. For more information on the MAT, please contact Erin Harwood, Graduate Academic Advisor, College of Education, Health and Human Services 330-672-0583, or Todd Hawley, Program Coordinator, 330-672-0670.