With a master’s in Art Education from Carlow, you will be prepared to teach art in pre-K through grade 12, or to work with children and adolescents in nonprofit or community organizations including museum education.  

Workshops led by distinguished authors, activists, artists and educators add to the course curriculum. You can take advantage of Carlow’s educational partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum or collaborate with Carlow’s art department and art gallery. 

The MEd in Art Education compliments other graduate departmental offerings in Early Childhood, Secondary Education, and Special Education and utilizes a core of courses shared across these programs.

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Credits required:

36 credits

Cost per credit: 


Time to degree:

As few as 18 months


Student Teaching In-Person

You will experience an accelerated program with eight-week online courses.  You will take two method courses in Art designed to creating and implementing curricula.   

You will learn to implement instructional technology to increase student achievement and engagement. You’ll design activities and projects based on individual student needs and explore the intersection of art with social emotional learning and creativity. You will create assessments aligned to student outcomes and analyze assessment results.

Quick facts

  • Gain hands-on educational experiences from diverse and experienced faculty 
  • Interact with teaching artists at The Campus Laboratory School  
  • Engage with the Warhol Museum  
  • Complete student teaching experiences in Pre-K-12 grade classrooms 
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Career opportunities for master’s in Art Education

A master’s in Art Education prepares you to teach art in Pre-K through 12th grade classrooms. You can also work within community settings, museums, nongovernmental organizations, and broader public and civic contexts, or open your own studio or business. Specialties including painting, drawing, ceramics and photography.

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Meet our Alumni


Director of Special Education, Provident Charter School

"When deciding to attend graduate school, Carlow University was a natural choice, not only because of its familiarity, but also because of the various degree options."


Head Teacher, Child’s World Daycare

"I especially loved The Campus Laboratory School. It was a chance to experience the design of different classrooms, closely observe many teaching styles, and practice using different instructional strategies in a supportive environment."


Chemistry Teacher, Avonworth School District

"I want to take this moment and thank Dr. Keely Baronak and the whole Carlow team for the education and experiences I've gained from the MEd Secondary Education program. I'm excited to represent Carlow in my new home."

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You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, you must successfully pass:

  • Student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Praxis Content Area exam in your discipline. 

Once you have met these requirements, you may apply for certification with the state.

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“I was a 40-something artist trapped in a stuffy-businessman suit until that world decided it no longer wanted me. My inner artist was released, and I began my journey toward a second career as an art educator. I appreciate the accelerated nature of Carlow’s program. It’s a lot of hard and time-consuming work, but I knew it would prepare me for a teaching career sooner. Additionally, Carlow staff and professors are personable and helpful. They get to know you on a personal level. They respect you and recognize your importance to the program and university.” 
Dan Garbark, 2024 graduate 

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