With over a 70 year history, we believe in the intrinsic value of art as a catalyst for social change. The Art Education program equips graduates for both formal and informal educational environments. Our dedicated faculty members have a range of educational experience covering elementary, secondary, museum, and informal learning environments. No matter what your interest, we have faculty ready to assist you in your educational journey. Through research into visual and cultural literacies we prepare students to be leaders in the field. Not only can art promote the development of the individual but serves to enrich and enliven the world around us. By engaging with peers and specialized faculty, our program provides a rigorous and individualized learning experience as students work towards one of our 4 specialized degree options.
The primary mission of the 5 year direct-entry pathway is to prepare art teachers for public and private school service, who posses knowledge and skills in the arts, advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in art education and understanding of the roles of education within wider contexts of culture and society. Completion of this direct-entry pathway results in a BA in Fine Arts and an MS in Art Education with Certification.
The MS in Art Education degree with or without teacher certification provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in formal education systems. Students in this option are integrated into the track of students who are already progressing through the 5-year combined degree program. If seeking certification, requirements are incorporated into individual programs of study to make the candidate eligible for K-12 certification in art in the State of Florida.
Our online degree provides comprehensive knowledge and prepares students to undertake research in the field of art education. It focuses primarily on social justice art education. This master’s does not provide certification, and is suitable for certified teachers, community or museum art educators, or educators pursuing an alternative track toward certification. The online program is taught by faculty members and provides the rigor of a Florida State University graduate program.
The PhD or EdD program in Art Education encourages students to make contributions to knowledge related to art education in formal and informal learning communities. Students are supported in their efforts to investigate and advance understanding related innovative applications of art education research topics based on individual student interests. Many degree recipients of the doctoral degree are now faculty in colleges and universities throughout the US, leading and serving the profession of art education in meaningful ways.