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PhD in Art Education

Published January 31, 2018


The coursework has been rigorous and relevant, and I have felt both encouraged and supported in my studies. I would say there is a genuine feeling of family here within the department and that a teaching and research philosophy of ‘we’ and ‘us’ – instead of ‘I’ and ‘you’ – permeates the atmosphere.

Jennifer Hamrock
Doctoral candidate

The PhD in Art Education is designed to produce leaders in instruction, research and administration in art education and to encourage students to make a significant contribution to the body of knowledge that constitutes the teaching/learning and administrating processes in art. Many of the recipients of the Doctoral degree are now teaching on the faculties of colleges and universities nationally as well as globally or are administering arts programs in educational or arts institutions and agencies.

The objectives of the program are sought through:

– Selective admission procedures
– A curriculum which is interdisciplinary and adaptive to deepening knowledge in a particular subspecialty
– Continuous evaluation to ascertain achievement level and potential of the student for further development
– Research opportunities and support
– Close faculty-student relationships

In general, there are two major roles in the field of art education for which advanced graduate studies have relevance.

_ The first of these is the technological role in which the art educator concentrates on teaching, supervision or administration.
_ The second role is one in which it is the task of the art educator to produce historical, philosophical or scientific theory applicable to art education.

Residency requirements for the degree require that after earning a master degree, the student must be continuously enrolled on the University campus or in one of its teaching centers for a minimum of eighteen (18) graduate semester hours in any period of twelve (12) consecutive months. Residency requirements for the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D) require that after earning a Master’s degree, the student must be continuously enrolled on the University’s campus or in one of its teaching centers for a minimum of thirty (30) hours in a period of eighteen (18) consecutive months. The remaining years of study for either the Ph.D or Ed.D need not be continuous.

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