The Teacher Leadership Program in Visual Arts Education is a planned two-year experience, including two summers, designed to prepare currently certified art educators to exert independent leadership for improving the performance of P12 schools in the areas of enhanced achievement and increased college and career readiness.
In addition to teacher leadership coursework, each candidate will pursue a selected area of specialization of at least twelve credit hours designed not only to increase his/her content expertise, but also to build the candidate’s portfolio of graduate content courses which can lead, under SACS rules, to approval for teaching dual credit courses in the public schools (in collaboration with a local college or university).
Along with theory and practice, art education provides students with a strong foundation in art studio and art history. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education provides in-service training, professional development, and consultation services to the schools of Fayette County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Candidates admitted to the graduate program in Art Education are expected to have completed course work equivalent to an undergraduate major in Art Education (in no case less than 18 hours in Art Education and Education, 12 hours in Art History, and 18 hours in Art Studio). Prospective candidates who do not meet these requirements should seek the counsel of the Program Faculty Committee to make up deficits prior to acceptance into the program. In addition, candidates must submit for review by the Program Faculty Committee, a portfolio of recent artworks and professional writing and other evidence of professional attainment (or a 300–500-word statement of interest in advance studies in Art Education).
Current classes, admission information, and degree requirements can be found in the Graduate School Catalog.