Online Master’s in Art Education

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A nationally-recognized art education program built on a foundation of excellence

Focus on research, writing and teacher practice in this Master's in Art Education degree.

Whether you are a practicing teacher who is already certified or an aspiring art teacher with an undergraduate degree in Art, PennWest’s online Master’s in Art Education will expand your knowledge and spark new creativity in your professional career.

Built on the foundation of excellence established at PennWest Edinboro, this online program focuses on research, writing, self-study of teaching practice, and collaborative inquiry among art educators to advance shared professional goals and stretch contemporary methods of teaching in art.

Nationally recognized, full-time faculty work closely with you to help you develop a deeper social and contextual understanding of the teaching of art and promote leadership in schools, community settings and within the field of art education.

Coursework for this 30-credit program is rooted in research, creative idea development and social justice. You’ll graduate ready to apply the ideas explored in this graduate program to your school or museum teaching practice.

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Accreditation Matters

PennWest’s MA in Art Education is fully accredited by CAEP, NASAD and NAEA.

Nationally Ranked

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our online graduate program among the best in the country.

Flexible and Convenient

100% online format allows you to complete the program at a natural pace.

Fast Facts


This online program is built on PennWest Edinboro’s 100-year legacy of excellence in Art Education and the visual arts.




100% online


Michael Perrotti
Department Chair

Start Terms:

Fall, Spring

Careers and Salaries

Graduates with an MA in Art Education are qualified to work in a variety of fields. Typically, they work as educators in public schools, museums and community art centers, but many choose to put their talents to work in galleries, as museum specialists or art or educational consultants.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Compare approaches for building leadership capacity and community-building in art education
  2. Expand on strategies for teaching and learning in art using multiple perspectives
  3. Collaborate to develop culturally relevant learning experiences that are connected to the practice of contemporary artists
  4. Analyze art education research and interpret directions for the future of art education in local contexts
  5. Investigate and document the significance of art education practice in a specific community

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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