MAT in Art Education

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Want to become a certified K-12 art teacher?

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education! This full one-year (or 17 months, depends on the track) program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in art or a related field and would like to teach art at public schools. Successful candidates will earn a master’s degree and qualify for North Carolina licensure to teach in grades K-12.

The MAT in Art Education program features online courses with in-person and hands-on field experience to provide maximum flexibility for working professionals. During the final semester, students will participate in full-time student teaching under the guidance of a mentor teacher and faculty supervisor. Successful completion of the program will prepare students for obtaining NC K-12 art teaching licensure certification.


Read the story of our Watson-graduated art teacher in the Watson Chronicle. 

"Being an art teacher is one of the best jobs for people who love art and are enthusiastic about sharing their love of art!"


MAT in Art Education Program Highlights

  • Dedicated faculty with expertise in art education
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Curriculum aligned with NC Professional Teaching Standards and NC Standards for Visual Arts Teacher Candidates
  • Flexible online instructor-led courses, designed for working professionals
  • Applied learning experiences in area classrooms
  • Full-time internship during the final semester
  • Advance your career in just one year 

Degree Requirements

Candidates will complete 33 credit hours of graduate-level courses and applied learning experiences:

  • EDN 500: Human Development and Learning
  • EDN 520: Instructional Development
  • AED 500: Art Education Foundation and Curriculum
  • AED 501: Art Education Pedagogy and Assessment
  • AED 502: Media Arts, Media Literacy and Technology in Art Education
  • EDN 509: Education in a Multicultural Context
  • AED 503: Art Education Issues, Research and Practicum (include additional field experience requriement)
  • AED 504: Art Education Student Learning (full-time internship)
  • AED 505: Seminar on Teaching, Learning and Leadership


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