Art education

Doctor of philosophy University of Missouri
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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.

Quick facts

Official name

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


University of Missouri

Program type


Academic home

College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required


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, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

This degree has potential benefits for

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

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 includes

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


Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system


Typical program length

8 years


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.

Bethanie Irons, PhD in art education, standing in front of the Mizzou columns wearing a doctoral gown.
Everything that we did in the art education program was applicable to real life classroom practice.
PhD ’19

Learn more about this program

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