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Art Education Graduate Programs

A graduate degree in art education prepares students to teach art at various levels, from K-12 to the college level. The University of South Carolina's Art Education program consists of in-person courses and practicums at our Columbia campus. Students complete coursework in art education, studio art, and professional education, with options for electives across disciplines. 

M.A. in Art Education

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Art Education is a 30 credit, two-year program in art education theory and practice. Completing an M.A. degree prepares students for academic research, teaching, or further study in doctoral programs. In this program, students complete a Master’s thesis with original research in the field of art education. Before graduating from the program, students must successfully pass a comprehensive exam in art education.

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M.A.T. in Art Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in Art Education is a 48 to 69 credit program designed to prepare students to teach and instruct art at the K-12 levels. By completion of the program, students typically take the Praxis exams to receive a teaching license in the state of South Carolina. The M.A.T. program consists of professional education courses, studio art courses, art education courses, and directed teaching in a K-12 classroom. Before graduating from the program, students must complete a semester of teaching in a public school classroom and must successfully pass a comprehensive exam in art education.

Students who have not completed undergraduate coursework in art history and studio art will be expected to complete courses in foundations, drawing, ceramics, painting, and printmaking once enrolled in the program, as well as courses in art history.

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Accelerated Master's Track in Art Education

Earn graduate degree credit while enrolled as an undergraduate

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina and you have 90 credits and at least a 3.4 GPA, you may be able to take up to 12 credits towards a Master's degree while you’re still an undergraduate student. Participating in the accelerated Master's program is a separate process from applying to graduate school, and it does not guarantee admission to graduate school. However, accelerated Master's students who apply to graduate school at UofSC and are accepted are able to start their graduate program in art education with up to 12 credits already completed. These students complete their graduate coursework earlier, saving time and tuition.

Students who are interested in the accelerated Master’s track in art education should speak to their undergraduate advisor.


Core Faculty

Minuette Floyd, Ph.D.
Olga Ivashkevich, Ph.D.
Hyunji Kwon, Ph.D. 
Blair Lindsey, M.A.T.

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