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“Through this program I have formed a vast and far-flung network of like-minded individuals who will continue to serve as my peers, cohorts and friends long after I have graduated.”

Sheryl Lamme

Waynesville, Missouri, M Ed ’13

“From a distance I am able to interact with today's most progressive thinkers in the field of visual art and design education. The growth I have experienced is immeasurable.”

Amy Ruopp

Columbia, Missouri, doctoral candidate

“The most special part of my experience in MU's art education graduate program has been the seamless integration into a community that feels very much like family.”

Amber Ward

Kansas City, Missouri, PhD ’15

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Doctorate
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Delivery mode: Blended; one year of residency required
  • Credit hours: 72
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $29,340*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

A doctorate in art education from MU can help you expand your teaching skills and develop an expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and reporting current research topics. If you want to advance your career in college-level teaching, research or leadership, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

13%
Employment growth
$72,470
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Postsecondary Teachers

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Art agency directors
  • College deans
  • Museum administrators
  • University professors

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is blended. Most courses can be completed online, but you must complete at least three consecutive semesters on campus.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in 12 years.

Course work covers

  • Art pedagogy
  • Art studio content
  • Multimedia
  • Visual art and design education
  • Research theory, methods and methodologies
  • Educational leadership and policy analysis

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.