Give students a world of creativity

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

Successful completion requires a minimum of 72 credit hours. If you have a master’s in art education, you may have fulfilled many of the requirements below.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Prerequisite (does not count toward degree)

ESC_PS 7170 Introduction to Applied StatisticsXXX

Core courses (10 credit hours)

LTC 8900 Seminar: Doctoral Seminar Art Education
1-3 credit hours; campus course
LTC 8730 Survey of Art Education
campus course
LTC 8740 Curriculum in Art Education
campus course
LTC 8750 Review of Research in Art Education
campus course

Emphasis area (15 credit hours)

LTC 8735 Visual Literacy and Visual Culture X 
LTC 8745 Visual Thinking Strategies IX  
LTC 8765 Artistic Thinking: Multimedia Applications for Teaching ArtX  
LTC 8766 Illuminating Process and Product: Making Learning VisibleX  
LTC 8767 The Art of Teacher Reflection X 
LTC 8746 Visual Thinking Strategies II X 
LTC 8915 Classroom Research-Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
2 credit hours
LTC 8941 Internship in Curriculum and Instruction: Art Education   
ED_LPA 9456 The Professoriate
campus course

Art content course work (12-18 credit hours)

We encourage a strong art background in one content area or in integrated art disciplines.   

Educational research course (12 credit hours)

Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I    
Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II   
LTC 8957 Qualitative Methods of Educational Research I   
LTC 9620 Qualitative Methods of Educational Research II   
Or other advanced education research course work focusing on specific methodologies   

Electives and/or minors (12-15 credit hours)

Courses that help focus and support your research interests (with committee approval). Possible minors include educational policy, educational leadership, educational technology/digital media, college teaching, learning theory, art studio and art history.   

Dissertation (12 credit hours)

LTC 9090 Research: Art Education XXX

Research and teacher education competencies

In addition to the above course work, you will pursue other competencies in consultation with your adviser, including:

  • Conference presentation (single or co-author)
  • Colloquium participation and presentation
  • Submission of manuscript to a refereed journal (single or co-author)
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Teaching/teacher education internship (in your emphasis area)
  • Experience with teacher professional development (K–16)


Once you have completed your research course work, you are eligible for comprehensive exams, consisting of a written examination and an oral defense. After passing your exams, you will develop your dissertation research proposal, write and defend your dissertation.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • At least two years’ full-time appropriate teaching or professional experience in elementary, secondary or higher education
    • Completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.2.
    • GRE minimum scores of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical) if your GPA is at least 3.2 (297 and 3.5 if your GPA is at least 3.5).
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall Dec. 1 August
    Spring Oct. 1 January
    Summer Feb. 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • GRE scores.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional success and predict academic success at the doctoral level. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Personal data sheet and statement of purpose.
    • CV/Résumé.
    • Art Portfolio include 3-5 images that represent the applicant's best work
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Additionally you may be required to complete a preliminary examination (written, oral, or both) and/or consult with a doctoral faculty member in your proposed area of concentration.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Doctorate- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Learning, Teaching & Curriculum/Art Education-Distance (PhD)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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