Master of Education in Art Education

Earn an advanced degree in art education as a schoolteacher or a practicing artist, with an option to pursue Pennsylvania state certification with Temple’s Master of Education in Art Education at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. This 33-credit hour graduate program offers elementary and secondary school teachers the opportunity to hone a specialization in studio art. The program is also beneficial for practicing artists who want to earn teaching credentials through an advanced degree. 

The Tyler MEd trains students to teach art at the K–12 level and cultivate arts practices beyond formal educational institutions. The graduate program draws a diverse mix of students interested in the program’s focus on urban communities and rigorous study.  

Develop an understanding for a broad range of art learners and build your repertoire of teaching strategies. The intermingling of visual art and education students pursuing complementary goals creates a stimulating synergy in our classes and the emphasis on research and studio practice keeps this NASAD-accredited degree program relevant.

Department faculty are highly accomplished in the field and committed to urban art education and the power of collaborating with communities. Their research interests and projects help graduate students not only learn how to teach art but how to affect positive change in the communities where they work. 

Students have access to community arts and art therapy classes and take full advantage of the school’s location in Philadelphia. The city’s rich array of schools, communities, museums, galleries and artists provide robust opportunity for artistic growth, research, networking and jobs. 

Pennsylvania Teaching Certification 

To earn Pennsylvania state certification to teach kindergarten through grade 12, MEd candidates must complete an additional 18 credits in a professional sequence that includes coursework in educational psychology, education, art education methods, an internship and student teaching in art. 

Candidates must also successfully complete two state-required examinations. 

  • Praxis Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

  • Praxis Art: Content Knowledge 

Pennsylvania teaching certification is awarded to U.S. citizens only.

Program Format & Curriculum  

The MEd in Art Education program comprises coursework in art education, art history and studio art. Students are encouraged to dive deep into their medium and may take as many as three courses in a single studio practice. One course each in art education, contemporary issues and the history of the discipline are required.  

Some of the courses you might take as an MEd student include the following.

  • Contemporary Issues in Art Education 
  • History of Art Education 
  • Ruler Breakers and Makers 

Learn more about the coursework for the Art Education MEd.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Education offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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