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Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education

Major: EDAR
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
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Program Information

This program leads to Kentucky certification in Art Education, grades P-12. Applicants to the program should have excellent academic credentials as well as successful experience working with children and/or adolescents. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree with a major in Fine Arts.


Initial Assessment: Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & Teacher Education.  Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75, Minimum GRE scores as required by EPSB; Praxis II content exam registration and/or scores; three letters of recommendation; professional statement; bachelor’s degree with major in Art or appropriate prerequisite courses; "C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication courses; acceptable interview.

*EDTP 602  Exploring Teaching Within the Socio-Cultural Context of P-12 Schools 3
*ECPY 607  Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development 3
(NOTE: The above two courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with the next two courses)
*ART   508  Art Education Methods/Research I 3
*ART   518  Art Education Methods/Research II 3


Mid-Point Assessment:  Prior to Student Teaching:  Satisfactory dispositions assessment; No lower than 2.0 in art education methods/research class; Within 3 credits of meeting content requirements; EDTP 602 and ECPY 607, and ART 508 and 518 passed; Satisfactory mid-point teacher performance assessment (TPA); Positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.  Electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

EDTP 612  Student Teaching P-12 6
EDTP 677  Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 2 3
EDSP 545  Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom 3


Certification Assessment:  Satisfactory dispositions assessment; All certification course work* completed with 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.5 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; 2.0 or higher in each student teaching; Satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA); Passing scores on required PRAXIS content and PLT exams; Positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.

EDTP 503  Developing Cross-Cultural Competence 1 3
ART   5xx  Academic support course 1 3
ART   6xx  Academic support course 1 3
EDTP 620 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum1 3
1 Can be taken at any point in the program; at least one must be at the 600 level.  
2 Must be taken concurrently with Student Teaching  
Minimum total hours  36


Content courses remaining to complete certification requirements: 

Degree Assessment:   Satisfactory dispositions assessment; All program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA(and no more than a total of two “C’s” in degree courses); Satisfactory degree teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy:  Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for master's candidacy as outlined in the graduate Catalog "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements.", under the section called academic policies and requirements.

Praxis Disclaimer:  Teacher certification requirements are submit to change.  Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.

Departmental Faculty

Barbara Hanger

Associate Professor

Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Maggie McGatha

Associate Professor

Susan Peters

Assistant Professor

Caroline Sheffield

Assistant Professor

Melissa Shirley

Assistant Professor

Steve Swan


Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor

Tom Tretter


Jean Wolph

Contact Information

Art Education - MAT

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