School of Art and Design


MAEd overview

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 artwork showing competence in a studio area or areas as well as sufficient undergraduate preparation in art history. A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (we recommend) or the Graduate Record Examinations.

This degree can be pursued completely online.

All applicants must have at least the initial teaching license to apply for this degree

If you already have an undergraduate degree and are trying to get your teachers licensure visit this site

Classes may be taken in any sequence with a maximum of 3 classes per semester. Upon the completion of the 8 course core curriculum, the candidate will decide to pursue either the thesis or art project track. See MAED Thesis and ART Project link for details.

Click here to download a curriculum checksheet.

You can skip semesters, but you will need to apply for readmittance to resume coursework (there is no charge to do this). The total time limit for completing requirements for this degree is six years, counting breaks in attendance.

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This degree does not lead to licensure.

Important Note to Residents Outside of North Carolina:
Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.
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