MA in Art Education

APU’s M.A. in Art Education is a low-residency program for working professionals and busy educators who enjoy making and teaching art.

The MA in Art Education supports a new generation of art teachers who value the unique processes and knowledge that come with a robust studio practice and the subsequent integration of those skills into the classroom. Aspiring and seasoned art educators hone their commitment to the studio and classroom and strengthen their research and contribution to the field of art education.


ART 503Foundations of Art Education3
ART 504Contemporary Issues in Art Education3
ART 511Curriculum and Planning in Art Education3
ART 512Artistic Growth and Human Development3
ART 513Studio Art Exploration and Application I3
ART 553Art History and Museum Education: 19th-century Europe and America3
ART 603Methods in Art Education Research3
ART 613Studio Art Exploration and Application II3
ART 621Art Education Master's Capstone I3
ART 622Art Education Master's Capstone II3
Total Units30

MA in Art Education Preparatory Courses

The Department of Art offers foundational courses that assist students without previous teaching experience or a teaching credential and/or students who do not meet the entrance requirements for full admission. Courses in K-12 and higher education art teacher training give students the necessary prerequisite knowledge and skills needed to study the field of art education at the graduate level. If any of these prerequisite courses are required, a determination will be based on a review of each student’s unique combination of undergraduate coursework at Azusa Pacific University (or another accredited institution of higher learning) and any relevant work experience.

ART 505Teaching the Visual Arts I: K-123
ART 506Teaching the Visual Arts II: Higher Education3


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Develop advanced research skill and use of data that enhance the work of an art educator.
  2. Display an understanding of skills related to art instruction and curriculum development.
  3. Articulate how faith and ethics impacts art instruction.
  4. Integrate historical and cultural artistic influences in art education.
  5. Engage in aesthetic inquiry and understand creative practice (and the practice of other artists/educators) through the process of looking, reading, making, and finally through writing about these practices.