Art Education This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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Admission to this program has been suspended effective Summer 2015. You can however, get a MAT in Art Education: please follow the link here.

The Art Education track in the Curriculum and Instruction MEd program is designed to meet the expanding needs of the art teacher.

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.


The Art Education track in the Curriculum and Instruction MEd program requires 15 credit hours of core courses, including completion of a capstone research project or thesis. In addition, students take 21 credit hours of specialization courses.
Total Credit Hours Required:
36-39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—36-39 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • EDG 6935 Introductory Seminar in Teacher Leadership* (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6223 Curriculum Theory, Organization and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6472 Data-Driven Decision Making for Instruction** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6233 Introduction to Action Research and Analysis of Classroom Practice** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Action Research and Inquiry in Teacher Leadership (3 credit hours) or IDS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

* Must be taken in first semester in the program.

**Prerequisites to the Capstone.  

Student completes either a Capstone Research Project or Thesis at the end of the program.  EDF 6635 is offered in spring semester only.

Specialization—21 Credit Hours

Students take the following courses:

  • ARE 6450 K-12 Instructional Materials (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 6666 Arts Advocacy (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 6748 Advanced Research Seminar in Art Education (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 6747 Assessment Seminar in Art Education (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 6905 Research Trends in Art Education (3 credit hours)

Choose two of the following elective courses with adviser approval:

  • ARE 5251 Art for Exceptionalities (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 5454 Studio Experiences in Art Education (3 credit hours; may be repeated for credit up to 3 times)
  • ARE 6195 Teaching Art Appreciation with Interdisciplinary Strategies (3 credit hours)
  • ARE 6748 Advanced Research Seminar in Art Education (3 credit hours; may be used in the degree program a maximum of 2 times only when course content is different)
  • ARE 6905 Research Trends in Art Education (3 credit hours; may be repeated for credit)
  • ART studio courses approved by adviser

Independent Learning

The MEd requires a course-based action research study and completion of a capstone experience (research report or thesis).

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Evidence of eligibility for a professional teaching certificate in Florida in related area and/or sustained teaching experience within schools/colleges (approved by track coordinator).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.