Master of Professional Studies in Art Education

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Become a Leader in Art Education

A master’s degree in art education can help secure your future — whether you’re a pre-K-12 art teacher who wants advanced training and professional development credits, or an art educator who works in a cultural institution and wants to increase your knowledge and advance in your career.

To help you reach your education and career goals, Penn State World Campus and Penn State’s School of Visual Arts have partnered to create an online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Art Education.

Why Art Education Online at Penn State

This innovative online graduate program blends electronic and experiential learning. Accredited by NCATE and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the curriculum provides art education professionals with new perspectives on teaching and learning. In addition to your earning professional development hours, such as Act 48 in Pennsylvania, the faculty can help you prepare for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Act 48 Approved

Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the master of professional studies (MPS) in art education may count toward professional development hours.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a Pre-K-12 art educator who wants to earn professional development credits or prepare for NBPTS certification, this could be the program for you. NBPTS certification is granted by NBPTS (not Penn State) and requires additional forms, fees, tests, and possible course work. Those interested in this certification should consult with the lead faculty before registering for your first course.

Additionally, this program is an excellent choice if you are an art education professional in a museum, or other cultural institution, who needs to acquire a graduate degree for an entry-level position and beyond.

Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification, however, this program may help you to renew your certification. Check with your state's Department of Education for exact requirements for recertification.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

A master’s degree can give you a distinct professional advantage in the art education field; you are also more likely to earn a higher salary. Some of the careers you can advance in are:

  • art center educator        
  • arts administrator   
  • college teacher   
  • curriculum director   
  • educational media
  • educational text author    
  • gallery consultant    
  • pre-K-12 art teacher   
  • museum educator

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus