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Jennifer Glendenning

Master of Education `17

Jennifer was looking for a degree that would improve her skills as an artist and as an educator. The University of Missouri's Art Education program was the perfect fit.

Kaj Lofgreen

Master of Education `17

The Art Education program at the University of Missouri prepared Kaj Lofgreen to advance as an artist and as an educator and reinforced his undergraduate experience -- filling in holes that he had for many years. The online environment added to the depth of the program through blogs and discussion boards.

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: Blended: 9 credit hours of residency required
  • Credit hours: 32
  • Estimated program cost: $13,867.84*

*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 master’s in art education from MU can help you expand your teaching skills and advance your career. If you want to examine contemporary art topics, explore studio experiences as an artist-teacher and conduct authentic research in your school or other community environments, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
Average salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, High School Teachers

2 Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary school with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is blended. Most course work can be completed online, but you must complete at least 9 credit hours on campus.

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

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

Course work covers

  • Art education curriculum and research
  • Artistic thinking
  • Classroom research
  • Educational psychology
  • Multicultural classrooms
  • Visual culture and literacy

Note This program is intended for practicing teachers who already have their initial teaching certification. It is not intended for those seeking K–12 Art certification and does not provide the initial certification required to become a teacher.

If you are a first-, second- or third-year teacher, and teach in an MPER partner school district, you might qualify for a 50 percent tuition sponsorship from the College of Education.

See how you can apply today.

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