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Designed as an advanced course of study in art education, this flexible Educational Specialist (EdS) program is for working art education professionals who already hold a master's degree in art education. This program allows students from a variety of art education contexts to further their art education expertise and offers eligibility for a T-6 certificate upgrade to those working in P-12 schools without the commitment to a doctorate degree program.

Through this program, students will refine their craft and develop the capacity for leadership by tailoring their studies to their specific contexts, interests, and goals. By focusing on an area of professional emphasis, students will develop specialized expertise that will prepare them to make significant professional contributions in their educational contexts and in leadership roles. Depending on their goals, graduates might pursue higher level professional positions such as curators of education in museums, leaders of community art organizations, or school-based department heads, program coordinators, instructional coaches, and curriculum writers.

Highlights

  1. Designed for working art education professionals who already hold a master's degree
  2. Offers online, evening, and summer classes in a variety of formats
  3. Earns upgraded T-6 Georgia teaching certification for those working in PK-12 schools

Curriculum

Create your own advanced degree in art education through a combination of upper-level coursework and the development of an area of emphasis portfolio.

As part of your personalized program of study, you will choose courses to fulfill program requirements in three areas: art education, research, and an area of emphasis.

Areas of emphasis may include:

  • Curriculum theory and design
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Historical research in art education
  • Arts-based research
  • Art education in museums
  • Art education in the community

You will complete 30 hours of coursework comprising:

  • 4 courses in art education
  • 2 research courses (one course about research methods and one that allows time for the development of your area of emphasis portfolio)
  • 4 courses (selected in consultation with your advisor) in an area of emphasis

Download a Program of Study

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

Start A Graduate School Application

Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Education (Art Education)

While completing the Graduate School application, please be sure to attach the following required materials for faculty consideration:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose regarding professional experience and career goals, not to exceed two single-spaced typed pages.
  • Resume/CV

Deadline to Apply

  • March 1 (summer and fall)
  • October 1 (spring)

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Contact Us

Questions about the content of the EdS program in Art Education can be addressed to Dr. Christina Hanawalt. Questions about application documents can be addressed to Krista Vanderpool.