As an Art teacher and mom, I know how hard it is to find time to work on professional development. Rather than taking hundreds of unrelated workshops, the best idea is to work toward a Master’s degree. However, if you don’t live near a college, if you teach long hours, or have children or other responsibilities, you may find an online degree is your best option. Listed here are five accredited online Master’s degrees for Art teachers:
1.) Online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education – Boston University – http://arteducation.bu.edu/
Boston University offers an M.A. program that is available solely online, but provides an optional one-week on-campus art studio component for those interested. Students are also given the opportunity to study abroad to complete their studio requirement, in either London or Italy. As a finale to earning their degree, students will also be required to complete a Master’s research project.
2.) Online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education – University of Florida – http://education.arts.ufl.edu/
The University of Florida’s online M.A. in Art Education program can be completed in two years. Teacher applicants are not required to take the GRE exam, and those who finish the program may be eligible to gain additional teaching certification in Florida.
3.) Online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education – East Carolina University – http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/MAED.cfm
At East Carolina University, based in Greenville, North Carolina, the Master of Arts in Art Education program is a completely online degree meant for licensed Art teachers. Applicants are guided to apply and send required materials to the Graduate school, and wait until notified, before they are fully accepted.
4.) (Mostly) Online Masters Program (M.A.) in Art Education – Ohio State University – http://arted.osu.edu/programs/ma_online.php
The Ohio State University offers a unique two-year Art Education Master’s program which includes web-based classes during the traditional school year, but requires one-week residencies on the Columbus, Ohio campus itself, across three consecutive summers. This program also requires work on a professional portfolio, as well as a portfolio presentation.
5.) Online Master’s in Education (M.Ed) in Art Education – Mansfield University – http://online.mansfield.edu/what-can-i-study/med-art/
Based in Pennsylvania, Mansfield University’s online Master’s program in Art Ed is limited to certified Art teachers in all 50 states, who must show proof of licensure. A portfolio is required for admission, as well as a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
Perhaps you are an Art teacher, but uninterested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Art Education. Consider the numerous online colleges offering degrees in general teaching fields (M.A. in Education, Educational Leadership or Teacher Leadership), as well as degrees in Arts Administration (which can broaden your career options, leading to jobs running or managing art galleries or organizations).