M.A. in Art Education | Kent State University

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.

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).)

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.

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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. 

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Applications for the School of Art graduate programs are accepted on a rolling basis.  Priority is given to applicants who meet the above deadlines.  Applications received after the deadlines are accepted as space allows at the discretion of the graduate faculty. 

Graduate assistantships in Art Education will remain open as space allows. For information concerning graduate assistantships, contact the program coordinator listed below. 

International applications completed after the deadline will not be reviewed. Due to the time constraints of the immigration process, International applicants must meet application deadlines. 

For information on how to apply to the School of Art's graduate programs, please follow the link below.

Graduate Admissions

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, Dr. Linda Hoeptner PolingCoordinator of Graduate Studies in School of Art, 330-672-1362, or 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.