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5 year combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education Program/ Masters



The Art Education program in the Department of Art Education offers a 5 year combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education degree, a MA degree with and without a teacher certification, a Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S) and a Doctoral degree.

Please refer below for a brief description of the 5 year combined degree program.

5 year combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education Program/ Masters

Representatives of three distinct departments—Art Education, Art and College of Education—and the University’s administration have designed the new 5-year combined degree program, which is essentially a combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education degree program that would enable students to complete both degrees—and be eligible for teacher education certification—in five years.

The primary mission of the 5 year combined degree is to prepare art teachers for public and private school service, who posses knowledge and skills in the arts, advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in art education and understanding of the roles of education within wider contexts of culture and society.

The 5 year combined BA in Art/MS in Art Education program centers around the theoretical position of Art for Life, which assumes that the arts are an essential part of education, culture and social justice. The 5 year program consists of an educational sequence that prepares skilled and knowledgeable K-12 art teachers who work to improve education in the arts within the framework of local and global communities. The program is designed to develop candidates’ professional skills in art and art education through field observations; researching, designing and teaching curricula engagement in self-initiated professional development; developing and conducting practice-based research in education. Completion of this dual degree results in candidates earning a Bachelor’s of Art (BA) or, in rare cases, a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree, as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Art Education (MS), and initial Certification for Teaching K-12 Art in Florida.

Art Education 5 year combined program courses are offered once per year and are sequenced over 3-semester periods.

5 year combined degree Advising Sheet

If a student wishes to come into the program, who has not progressed through the 5 year combined degree program option, two additional options are available.

Option I.

Art Education with Certification provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in formal education systems. Students in this option are integrated into the track of students who are already progressing through the 5 year combined degree program. Certification requirements for teaching and administration are incorporated into individual programs of study to make the candidate eligible for K-12 certification in art in the State of Florida. Remediation of art courses is determined by individual deficiencies at the Bachelor’s degree level.

Art Education Master’s Degree with Teacher Certification Track Advisory Sheet

Option II.

The Art for Life option is designed to develop knowledge and skills of contemporary theory, practice and research in art education through artistic and scholarly inquiry and by exploring current and historical issues in art education, particularly in art education for social justice and environmental issues. This degree can be tailored to meet the student’s individual needs and interests and can include studies that lead to a museum education and/or community arts certificate. In addition to the core requirements, courses may be selected from studio art, art history and courses from the arts and humanities.

Art Education Master’s Degree without Teacher Certification Track Advisory Sheet

Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Art Education

The specialist, or sixth year degree in art education is offered for those who wish to continue study beyond the master’s degree without pursuing the doctorate. This is a research and master teacher and leadership degree for students with an extensive background in art education that wish to continue service in public education. Application procedures are similar to the doctorate. The course requirements are listed below.

Purpose of the Program

The program is designed to produce master teachers and leaders in instruction, particularly in K-12 settings, in art education. In general, there are two major roles for which students are prepared in the specialist program. The first role is that of practitioner in which the art professional concentrates on teaching. The second is in supervision or administration. Within this context, the student, in consultation with faculty advisors, can develop multiple program foci.

Requirements for the Specialist Degree in Art Education

Program of Studies

The program of studies consists of thirty-six (36) semester hours beyond the master’s degree, to include fifteen (15) hours of required coursework, six (6) hours of thesis, and a minimum of twelve (12) hours of elective coursework chosen to meet the student’s needs from The College of Fine Arts or elsewhere in the University. Elective courses will be chosen in conjunction with faculty input and approval.

The student will need to form a three-person supervisory committee consisting of an advisor (major professor) and two faculty members with graduate faculty status, all from within the Department of Art Education. Once the committee has been formed, the Specialist degree candidate will be required to pass a written culminating exam developed by the committee. Additionally, a subsequent oral exam may be required if the committee deems it necessary.

Upon successful completion of the culminating exam, students will write their specialist thesis. The thesis requirement is often a practice-based exploration of a topic within the student’s scope of interest. The thesis requirement, while not as in depth as a doctoral dissertation, should explore theory and practice within the field of art education.


  • *ARE 5745. Research Survey (3). (Note: If the student took this course during his or her masters degree program another research methods course may be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.)
  • *ARE 5972r. Specialist Thesis (6). (S/U grade only.) Minimum of six (6) semester hours required. Can be taken three(credits per term.
  • *ARE 6380. Doctoral Seminar (3). The teaching-learning process in art education.
  • *ARE 6937r. Doctoral Seminar (3). Social foundations of art education:
  • *ARE 6937r. Doctoral Seminar (3). Structure and communication in art education (philosophical foundations).
  • *ARE 8962r. Specialist Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)
  • *ARE 8977r. Specialist Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)
  • *A Second Research Methods Course at the 5000 or 6000 (3 or 4) level chosen by the student, with approval of the faculty advisor, to suit the student’s needs
  • *A minimum of twelve (12) credits of elective coursework selected by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor, which can be any combination of art education arts administration art therapy studio art, art history, or other coursework from the College or University as suits the student’s needs and goals.


The Doctoral program, which may lead to either the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education degree, consists of three special areas of concentration: Art Education, Art Therapy and Arts Administration. Many of the recipients of the Doctoral degree are now teaching on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the United States or are administering arts programs in educational or arts institutions and agencies. The program is designed to produce leaders in instruction, research and administration in art education and to encourage students to make a significant contribution to the body of knowledge that constitutes the teaching/learning and administrating processes in art.

The objectives of the program are sought through:

  • Selective admission procedures
  • A curriculum which is interdisciplinary and adaptive to deepening knowledge in a particular subspecialty
  • Continuous evaluation to ascertain achievement level and potential of the student for further development
  • Research opportunities and support
  • Close faculty-student relationships

In general, there are two major roles in the field of art education for which advanced graduate studies have relevance.

The first of these is the technological role in which the art educator concentrates on teaching, supervision or administration.

The second role is one in which it is the task of the art educator to produce historical, philosophical or scientific theory applicable to art education.

Residency requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D) require that after earning a master degree, the student must be continuously enrolled on the University campus or in one of its teaching centers for a minimum of twenty-four (24) graduate semester hours in any period of twelve (12) consecutive months. Residency requirements for the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D) require that after earning a Master’s degree, the student must be continuously enrolled on the University’s campus or in one of its teaching centers for a minimum of thirty (30) hours in a period of eighteen (18) consecutive months. The remaining years of study for either the Ph.D or Ed.D need not be continuous.

Three academic years of graduate study beyond the master degree are usually required.

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within five calendar years from the time the student passes the preliminary examination or a new preliminary examination will be set by the committee.

Doctoral Handbook