Give students a world of creativity

Bethanie Irons

Art Education (PhD)

As a lifelong artist, Beth understood her process in the studio. As a new teacher, Beth wanted more education to bolster the classroom experience. The University of Missouri's art education online doctorate, housed in Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, expanded Beth's expertise. The program can be tailored for college-level teaching, research or leadership. Now, Beth has a balanced methodology for approaching her art and her students.

“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
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: Blended; at least one year of residency required
  • Credit hours: 72
  • Estimated program cost: $32,618.16*

*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

Employment growth
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. Per the Graduate School's policy, students may take up to 8 years to complete their course work.

To learn more about the program structure, see the video on the Art Education department site.

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.