Art education

Master of education University of Missouri
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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in art education


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Accreditation Council

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, High School Teachers
Employment growth
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.
Average salary increase

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

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

Course work includes

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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


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.

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MPER Early Career Scholars Program

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.

Learn more about this program

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