Art Education (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Middle and Secondary Education
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Academic Program Code(s): EDARMAT

Program Information

The MAT Program enables graduate students to earn their initial teaching certification for Kentucky in Art Education, grades P-12. The teacher candidates learn to teach through instruction in pedagogy, child development, special education, technology and diversity.

Applicants to the program should have excellent academic credentials as well as successful experience working with children and/or adolescents.

Applicants should also have an undergraduate degree with a major in Fine Arts.

Admission Requirements

Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact the MAT admissions counselor ( prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  1. Application to the Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum test scores as required by Education Professional Standards Board.  
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Praxis II Content Exam registration and/or scores.
  4. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a major in Art or appropriate prerequisite courses.
  5. Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75 (official transcripts required).
  6. Grade of C or higher in ENGL 102 and oral communication course (or equivalents).
  7. TOEFL
  8. Professional Statement
  9. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines.
  10. Three Letters of Recommendation
  11. Program Committee Acceptable Interview

Program Requirements

EDTP 602Exploring Teaching in the Sociopolitical Contexts of P-12 Schools3
ECPY 607Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development3
ART 508Art Education Methods and Research I3
ART 518Art Education Methods and Research II3

Mid-Point Assessment

Prior to Student Teaching: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; No lower than 2.0 in art education methods/research class; Within three (3) credit hours of meeting content requirements; and ECPY 607, and EDTP 602 passed; Satisfactory mid-point teacher performance assessment (TPA); Positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee. Electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

EDTP 612Student Teaching: P-126
EDTP 677Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 13
EDSP 545Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom3

Certification Assessment

After Student Teaching:  Satisfactory dispositions assessment; All coursework completed with 3.0 cumulative GPA;  2.5 cumulative GPA in Art content/prerequisite course requirements; 2.0 or higher in each student teaching; Satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA); Passing scores on required PRAXIS content and PLT exams; Positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.

EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds 23
ART 5XX 23
ART 6XX 23
EDTP 620Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 23
Minimum Total Credit Hours36

Degree Assessment

Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program coursework with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two grades of C in degree courses); satisfactory degree teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy

Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for master's candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Praxis Disclaimer

Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.