Master of Education in art education

The Visual Art Education program views art education as an iterative process, where educators are constantly improving upon their practice to meet current pedagogies. Our prospective graduates should see themselves as educational creatives who are dedicated to providing their future students with rigorous art instruction that encompasses both traditional art-making and contemporary practices. These practices are fueled by administering engaging experiences that promote equitable learning and honor the individual experiences of the learner.

The Master of Education degree is designed to assist teachers who possess certification in visual arts education in developing greater skills in various media, innovative teaching methods and curriculum development. This level of preparation will increase their effectiveness and innovation as teachers, assist in the creation of a diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum, and provide opportunities for advancement at the school and district levels.

Important dates

  • Enrollment dates by semester


  • Visual Art Education


Students applying to this program must have a Michigan teaching certificate in Visual Arts Education. It is possible to teach or work full time while pursuing coursework toward the Master of Education degree.

To be considered for the M.Ed. program in Art Education, applicants must present evidence of:

  1. A bachelor's or higher degree in visual arts education, studio art or fine arts from an accredited college or university.
  2. Verification of teacher certification.
  3. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Portfolio demonstrating student's competence in art. Portfolio requirements can be obtained from the program coordinator.

Course Requirements

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 30
TED 7000 Introductory Master's Seminar 3
TED 7999 Terminal Master's and Essay or Project 3
Professional Education Courses 6
Additional Art Education Courses 18

Professional Education Requirements
(6 hours)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
TED 7060 Inclusive Education 3
EDP 7350 The Learning Process 2
EDP 5450 Child Psychology 2
EDP 5480 Adolescent Psychology 2
TED 7030 Foundations: Teaching and Learning 3

Core Area Courses
(6 hours)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
*AED 5160 Theory and Practice of Visual Arts Education 3
*AED 5890 Art of Indigenous Cultures 3
AED 7500 Multicultural Issues in Art Education & Art Therapy 3
AED 6300 Explorations in Art Therapy 3

*Visual Art Education Studio Methods 2d and 3d Courses

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 12
AED 5020 Painting: Methods and Materials 3
AED 5280 Printmaking: Methods and Materials 3
AED 5070 Sculpture: Methods and Materials 3
AED 5230 Ceramics: Methods and Materials 3
AED 6230 Ceramics Education II 3
AED 5690 Collage, Assemblage and New Media 3

*Courses taken for initial certification cannot be duplicated for the M.Ed.

Visual Art Education **Advanced Studio Methods 2d and 3d Courses

Courses Cr. Hrs.
AED 7700 Advanced Problems in Printmaking 3
AED 7700 Advanced Problems in Painting 3
AED 7700 Advanced Problems in Ceramics 3
AED 7700 Advanced Problems in Collage and Assemblage 3

**Advanced studio courses are taken in lieu of 5000 and 6000 studio courses with permission of program coordinator

Once students are admitted to the Graduate School, they should make an appointment with the program coordinator to develop an appropriate plan of work.


CAEP Accredition Logo


The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  

Accreditation means that a program meets the standards set by the academic and professional community. It’s a seal of approval indicating that the program prepares new educators to teach effectively.


Anita Bates, Ph.D.
Assistant professor (teaching) and program coordinator 

Teacher Education Division

Phone: 313-577-0902

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.