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Certificate Program in Museum Education


The museum education and visitor-centered curation certificate program prepares MA and PhD students to advance museum theory and practice. The curriculum is a hybrid of education and curation functions that develops innovative and socially-engaged leaders and scholars. The certificate prepares scholars and innovative change leaders with strengths in collaborative, non-hierarchical organizational processes that reimagine exhibition and interpretation development to include building agency with communities and marginalized voices. Graduate students and faculty engage in critical dialogue and reflection to create visitor-centered practices and research, an outcome that underscores part of the University’s mission of embracing learning that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity. 

Application Procedure

Interested students may apply for the certificate in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions prior to completion of their second course or prior to starting the certificate. To apply, please see link below. Advising will follow, stating that the graduate certificate is not intended as a diploma or degree. Students should be enrolled in a graduate degree program or as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Graduate students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program of studies approval will be completed by the Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions program coordinator, Ann Rowson Love.

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The certificate program is open to interested graduate students in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program of Studies

Student must complete 12 hours, including:

  • Either ARE 5258 Museum Education or ARE 5295 Art Museum Education[1]


  • ARE 5256 Visitor-Centered Exhibitions

Plus two electives from the following list:

  • ARE 5665 Leading the Arts Organization
  • ARE 5930 Visitor Studies
  • ARE 5245 Program Development
  • ARE 5253 Art and Community Engagement
  • ARE 5867 Grantwriting
  • ARE 5944 Internship (3 hours)
  • Any other course approved by the MEX advisor.

Students must receive grades of ‘B’ or better in classes for the Museum Education specialized study or ‘S’ in internship.

The other class may be taken as one of the electives.