School of Art and Design


MAEd admissions

Application Information

The due date for applications to the MAED degree is rolling. That means we accept applications year round. All materials need to be submitted more than 2 weeks before the start of the next semester you wish to start classes, so that the Graduate School has time to verify all official documents.

The Master Of Arts In Education With A Concentration In Art Education (MAEd In Art Education) is the professional degree in art education. Applicants for the MAEd must possess a teaching license. Graduate certification requires demonstrated competence and recommendations from the certifying institution. This is a one-year or equivalent degree (33-36 s.h.). Students interested in applying for admission to this degree program must submit a portfolio of their own portfolio showing competence in a studio area or areas as well as sufficient undergraduate preparation in art history. All applicants must have at least the initial teaching license to apply for this degree as well as a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examinations. If you have had well over 5 years of continuous employment as a licensed K-12 art teacher, you may be eligible to apply for professional admission which would waive the standardized test requirement. To inquire, send a current resume to the Art and Design Director of Graduate studies (

This degree can be pursued completely online.

This degree does not lead to licensure.

MAED Application Process

Admission to the MAED in Art Education degree program is a 2 step process. (Step 1) admission to the University through the Graduate School and (Step 2) acceptance by the School of Art and Design Graduate Faculty on the basis of professional competency.

Step 1

Carefully read and follow the Graduate School application guidelines. The Graduate School is the umbrella organization for all graduate degree programs at the University. They are located in a different building and have a different staff than the School of Art and Design. You will be required to provide them with the following;

  • All of your official transcripts
  • Writing sample - A statement of purpose that articulates why you want to be a graduate student in art educations
  • 3 letters of reference (Your references will be instructed how to submit the letters by the Graduate School)
  • Official Test Scores (If you have been teaching continuously for 10 years, you may apply for professional admission. If approved, the test requirement is waived. Contact the Graduate Coordinator to inquire.)
  • The Graduate School online application form (Indicate Concentration Area)
  • Application fee
  • Begin the official application process on this webpage

You have not officially applied until you receive confirmation from the Graduate School. The graduate school processor will notify you of any missing items via e-mail once the application is processed. Until the application is processed there is no notification.

Step 2

  • Go to and log in to your account.
  • Create a folder named GradAppECU_YourName to upload your portfolio.
  • Upload individual files. Files must be PDF for texts, JPEG for still images, MP4 for moving images, and MP3 for audio-only work.

    Include the following in your folder:
    • 20 examples of your recent work.
    • An image list that includes title, medium, size, and date each work was created.
    • Resume with links to any websites or blogs that you would like the committee to review.
    • Scanned image of your Teaching License.
      * You may also include your statement of purpose and a scanned copy of your unofficial transcripts. Also you may indicate the unofficial test scores from the MAT or GRE. This would allow the Art and Design faculty to make their decision faster. But if you are accepted, you will be required to submit your official final transcripts to the Graduate School before you begin classes at ECU.
  • When uploading of your files is complete, go to Share setting for the folder. You may do this by clicking on the folder from the top menu (My Drive > GradAppECU_YourName) and selecting Share option.
  • In  Share  dialog box, enter in the address field, then choose Share option to Can view, and click  Send . It will ask you to confirm the invitation, and click  Yes. Email invitation will be sent to with this confirmation.
  • Go to  Share  setting for the folder again, and copy its shareable link shown in the dialog box. Paste this Link in the ECU online application form's Image Portfolio Supplemental Item.
  • Your folder is now submitted. A receipt confirmation will be sent to you within 2 days.