M.A.T. in Art Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Art Education

Interested in becoming an art teacher?

Learn more about the CEHD's Tuition Reduction Initiative that can be applied to the MAT in Art Education program!

The MAT in Art Education could be your start to an exciting and fulfilling career in teaching!

The MAT Program enables graduate students to earn their initial teaching certification for Kentucky. The teacher candidates learn to teach through instruction in pedagogy, child development, special education, technology and diversity.

The MAT in Art Education leads to Kentucky certification for teaching Art in grades P-12.

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Fall Start only

  • Fall: EDTP 602; ECPY 607; Two (2) Academic Support Courses (12 credit hours)
  • Spring: ART 508; ART 518; EDSP 545 (9 credit hours)
  • Summer: EDTP 620; EDTP 503 (6 credit hours)
  • Fall: EDTP 612; EDTP 677 (9 credit hours)

For more details about program curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Candidates to initial teacher certification programs are required to submit credentials supporting their academic ability, creativity and collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, positive disposition, and commitment to the teaching profession. These credentials include test scores, transcripts, writing samples, and letters of recommendation which support the candidate's ability to succeed in a rigorous teacher education program. Competitive candidates will be invited to a formal, faculty interview.

Candidates for admission should review the following which outline the expectations of the teaching profession:

  1. Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel [PDF]
  2. CEHD Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement [PDF]
  3. Character and Fitness Questionnaire [PDF]
  4. Professional Dispositions Rubric [PDF]
  5. Diversity Rubric [PDF]
  6. Effective Written Communication Rubric [PDF]


Questions about the application should be directed to teacher@louisville.edu.. Candidates will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision no later than six weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected for admission will receive information about a mandatory orientation session.

Application Deadline:

Fall Admission - June 1st by 5:00 p.m.

Please note: If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, we will accept the admission portfolio on the Monday after the deadline by 5:00 p.m.

Admission Criteria

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact the MAT admissions counselor (teacher@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

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  1. Application to Graduate School/MAT Program. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Passing Test Scores
    Please note:
    when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Praxis II Content Exam(s)
  4. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  5. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  6. Oral Communication Proficiency
  7. Written Communication Proficiency
  8. TOEFL
  9. Professional Writing Requirements
  10. Letters of Recommendation

Contact Us

Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact an MAT Admission counselor teacher@louisville.edu BEFORE applying to the teacher education program.

Department Contact

Barbara Hanger
Department of Fine Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Office: 502.852.0879

Middle and Secondary Education Department email: midscnd@louisville.edu

Career Pathways Certification

Graduates qualify for certification to teach Art in grades P-12 in Kentucky. Some states have reciprocity agreements allowing students to be certified there upon presentation of a Kentucky teaching certificate (some may require additional courses). Graduates can also pursue additional education through an M.Ed., Rank I, or M.F.A. program.

General Information

For general information on financial aid resources, please visit the University of Louisville's Student Financial Aid office. The College of Education and Human Development has it's own web page dedicated to financial aid that contains some extra information not listed here.

College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Scholarship

The CEHD has a long history of offering scholarships to prospective and current students pursuing an education degree program. The CEHD provides over $225,000 annually and selects recipients three times per year. Scholarship selection is competitive and applies to tuition only. Apply online for a CEHD Scholarship before the deadline (April 15th, June 1st and/or October 15th). Applicants should expect notification in four to five weeks after the posted deadline.