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5 year combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education Program/ Masters

Representatives of three distinct departments—Art Education, Art and College of Education—and the University’s administration have designed the new 5-year combined degree program, which is essentially a combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education degree program that would enable students to complete both degrees—and be eligible for teacher education certification—in five years.

The primary mission of the 5 year combined degree 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.

The 5 year combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education program centers around the theoretical position of Art for Life, which assumes that the arts are an essential part of education, culture and social justice. The 5 year program consists of an educational sequence that prepares skilled and knowledgeable K-12 art teachers who work to improve education in the arts within the framework of local and global communities. The program is designed to develop candidates’ professional skills in art and art education through field observations, researching, designing, and teaching curricula engagement in self-initiated professional development, developing and conducting practice-based research in education. Completion of this dual degree results in candidates earning a Bachelor’s of Art (BA) or, in rare cases, a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree, as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Art Education (MS), and initial Certification for Teaching K-12 Art in Florida.

5 year combined degree Advising Sheet

Please contact Dr. Sara Scott Shields for details 

MS in Art Education with Teacher Certification

Art Education with 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. Certification requirements for teaching and administration are incorporated into individual programs of study to make the candidate eligible for K-12 certification in art in the State of Florida. Remediation of art courses is determined by individual deficiencies at the Bachelor’s degree level.

Art Education Master’s Degree with Teacher Certification Track Advisory Sheet

Please contact Dr. Sara Scott Shields for details

MS in Art Education without Teacher Certification – 100% online

The Masters without Certification or Art for Life option is designed to develop knowledge and skills of contemporary theory, practice and research in art education through artistic and scholarly inquiry and by exploring current and historical issues in art education, particularly in art education for social justice and environmental issues. This degree can be tailored to meet the student’s individual needs and interests and can include studies that lead to a museum education and/or community arts certificate. In addition to the core requirements, courses may be selected from studio art, art history and courses from the arts and humanities.

Art Education Master’s Degree without Teacher Certification Track Advisory Sheet

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rachel Fendler for more information


The Doctoral program, which may lead to either the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education degree, consists of three special areas of concentration: Art Education, Art Therapy and Arts Administration.

Many of the recipients of the Doctoral degree are now teaching on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the United States or are administering arts programs in educational or arts institutions and agencies.

The program 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.

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 Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D) 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.

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within five calendar years from the time the student passes the preliminary examination or a new preliminary examination will be set by the committee.

Please contact Dr. Jeff Broome for information on the Doctoral program

Doctoral Student Handbook