Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The art therapy program (M.Ed.) prepares students as competent entry-level art therapists, who, after completing post-education supervised clinical experience, will be eligible to apply for the credential to practice art therapy, the Art Therapist, Registered (ATR).

Important dates

  • March 1: Application deadline for fall admission


  • Art Therapy


  1. A bachelor's degree in a related field (art, art education, psychology or related major).
  2. At least 18 semester hours in studio art, including drawing, painting, and sculpture or ceramics.
  3. At least 12 semester hours in psychology, including general psychology, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology.
  4. Proficiency in drawing, painting, and sculpture or other media. A portfolio of work demonstrating disciplined commitment in art making is required. The images can be uploaded as part of a student's application.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, affirming the student's academic ability, ability to work with people and a character reference.
  6. Typed personal statement (approximately three pages), including reasons for wanting to pursue art therapy.

Course Requirements

In addition to the required courses listed below, art therapy students complete six to seven credits in education coursework: either EDP 5450 - Child Psychology, EDP 5480 - Adolescent Psychology or EDP 7350 - Learning Process; EER 7610 - Evaluation and Measurement or TED 7060 - Inclusive Education; courses offered most semesters, including spring/summer. The semesters below do not reflect the education courses. Students should add those as their schedules allow.

Note: The M.Ed. program was established as a concentration in Art Therapy in in Art Education, and, although can seem confusing, the curriculum consists of all the classes needed for art therapy preparation. The Master of Education in Art Education, concentration in Art Therapy, M.Ed. handbook provides the options for professional preparation in art therapy at Wayne State University.


Fall Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
AED 6320 Art Therapy Introduction and Ethics 3
AED 6340 Theory of Art Therapy 3
AED 7330 Art Therapy Assessment and Practice in the Schools 3

Winter Semester Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
AED 7340 Art Therapy Assessment and Practice with Adults 3
AED 6910 (or 7500) Diversity Issues in Art Therapy 3
AED 7310 Art Therapy with Groups 3

Spring/Summer Year 1

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
AED 6360 Aspects of Art Therapy (3 cr. needed) 3

Fall Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
AED 7380 Practicum in Art Therapy 3
TED 7000 Intro MA Seminar (Research Methods) 3
AED 7300 Studio Art Therapy 3

Winter Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
EDP 7370 Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
ED 7999 Terminal MA Seminar (Culminating Project) 3
AED 7890 Internship 3

Spring/Summer Semester Year 2

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
AED 7890 Internship 3

Permission is needed to enroll in both AED 7380 - Practicum and AED 7890 - Internship. Applications are available on the website, in Students' Handbooks and from the Art Therapy Program. Please note that AED 7890 usually is completed over two to three semesters, for a total of six credits.  AED 7890 is offered all three semesters.

Three credits in AED 6360 - Aspects of Art Therapy are required. Various "Aspects" (different topic courses) are offered all three semesters.


Education Approval Board of the American Art Therapy Association

The Art Therapy Program is approved by the Education Approval Board of the American Art Therapy Association through fall 2021. We are in the process of completing our application for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by 2021.

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


Holly Feen-Calligan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS
Associate professor and program coordinator

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations
Phone: 313-577-1613

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