Art Education Doctoral Programs

VCUarts Department of Art Education

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MAE, MAE + Licensure

The Master of Art Education degree offers two specific tracks. The first track is for teachers who are already licensed and who wish to deepen their understanding of Art Education (MAE). The second track is for people who hold a BA, BFA, or related degree and who wish to earn both a master’s degree in Art Education and a teaching license at the same time (MAE + Licensure).

The program includes required and elective courses and, through graduate coursework, allows students to pursue their areas of interest. All students are expected to work at a high level of independence, be self-motivated, respect peers and instructors, and participate in the opportunities that the Art Education department, the School of the Arts, and VCU offer.

Critically reflective practice linked with grounded and theoretical research about art teaching and learning, focusing on social responsibility, frames the VCU graduate program in art education. Situated in a city with a plethora of art resources, the graduate student experience at VCU is particularly rich and full of possibility. Areas of emphasis within the department include service-learning, museum education, technology, curriculum, critical thinking, feminism, assessment, aesthetics, program evaluation, gaming, culturally relevant pedagogy, and urban education. The department emphasizes research and experiences in school, museum, and community settings.

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Graduate Handbooks

Please refer to the handbook that corresponds with the year you entered the program. (For example: If you were admitted for the Fall 2013 semester, the 2013-14 handbook applies to you.)


Diversity Policy

The VCU School of the Arts believes that art is inclusive. Therefore, this diversity policy establishes that the School of the Arts accepts and welcomes all people by maintaining and celebrating diversity within our student body, faculty and staff. The School of the Arts provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination according to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation in accord with University Policy. To support this policy and to stimulate understanding, the School of the Arts will establish forums to explore diversity in education, arts and design. We believe that to achieve educational excellence, we must value and practice inclusion.

Mission, Goals, & Student Learning Outcomes

Mission: Through engagement with theory, research and emerging technologies, the MAE program prepares art educators to be mindful professionals who are active in the field of art education.


The MAE program provides rigorous learning experiences leading to strong:

1) Theoretical foundations
2) Research competencies
3) Skills with and knowledge of emerging technologies

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