Are you called to share your love of art with others? Are you interested in enhancing the skills and tools that will guide children into a lifelong appreciation of the visual arts?

For working educators that hold licensure, the MAEd in art education is an entirely online program created to provide you with maximum flexibility. That said, we’d still like to meet you as you earn your degree. You’re welcome to mix online course work with campus classes if you live near enough to do so.

Develop your leadership and mentoring skills, increase your knowledge of art, apply research to real-world experiences to improve classroom practice through action, enhance your skills in data collection and data use for diagnosis, planning, decision-making and evaluation, and build on your current teaching strengths.

ECU Advantage

Art education graduates of ECU need no introduction at schools in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast. East Carolina’s School of Art and Design and School of Education are two of the finest programs of their kind on the East Coast. There’s an excellent chance that one of your teachers studied at East Carolina.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Cynthia Bickley-Green (1318 Jenkins Fine Arts Center; 252-328-1293; bickleygreenc@ecu.edu)

The master of arts in education is the professional degree in art education. Applicants for the MAEd must possess at least the initial 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.). The total time limit for completing requirements for this degree is six years. Students interested in applying for admission to this degree program must submit a portfolio of slides of their work to indicate their competence in art as well as a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examinations.

1. Education - 6 s.h.:
  • EDUC 6001 - Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools
  • SPED 6002 - Addressing Differences in Human Learning in Schools
  • Art education - 9 s.h.:
    • ART 6800 - History and Philosophy of Art Education
    • ART 6801 - Supervision of Art Education
    • ART 6898 - Research in Art Education
    Art electives - 9 s.h.
      Art history elective - 3 s.h.
      2. Final Product - 33-36 s.h.

      (Select one of the following.)

        Thesis option - 33 s.h. minimum

        The student may choose to do a thesis for 6 s.h. of credit. The thesis must be conventional research dealing with a significant problem in the field of art education.

          Non-thesis Option - 36 s.h. minimum

          The student may choose to take, in place of the thesis an additional 6 s.h. of art courses and 3 s.h. of electives and complete an Art Project with a faculty member. The final product of these courses is a cumulative project that demonstrates professional competence.

          For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

          Careers With This Degree

          Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

          • Art Teacher Education
          • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
          • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
          • Art Teacher Education
          • Art Teacher Education

          Career Opportunities

          ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

          NC Tower

          This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

          • Self-employed;
          • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
          • Work outside of North Carolina.

          US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

          This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

          Degree-specific internships

          For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.