Master of Science - Art Education

The value of art goes far beyond appreciating a painting. Neuroscience research shows that engaging with art both creating it and appreciating it affects the brain in remarkable ways. CUW's Master of Science in Art Education examines how art impacts the physical, mental and spiritual development of the child.

Program Highlights

CUW's MS in Art Education program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from small class sizes and personal attention
  • Learn from experienced faculty
  • Network with other teachers
  • Strengthen your skills in the studio
  • Choose between a traditional thesis or several non-thesis options
  • Take classes at night or complete all coursework over four summers
  • Earn your Wisconsin K-12 Art license by completing our Graduate Teacher Certification Program

Degree Details

Credit hours required: 30-33

Program Overview

CUW's Master of Science in Art Education program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in art, art education, or education or for those who hold other bachelors degrees and want to pursue a new career in art education.

Learning Outcomes

In our MS in Art Education program you will:

  • Design student-centered curriculum models
  • Learn to mix art instruction with other K - 12 subjects
  • Understand the importance of visual learning in the life of a child
  • Use the art museum and works of art as teaching tools
  • Learn how technology meets classroom needs
  • Blend theory and practice

Professional Certifications

You can apply for your Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certificate in K-12 Art by taking additional coursework


Grants are available to teachers in Christian schools (Lutheran, Catholic, or other). Please check with our Financial Aid office for more details.

Entrance Requirements

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for full acceptance
  • Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Art-related undergraduate degree or approval of the program director


The curriculum for our MS in Art Education includes coursework in the history of and modern practice of art education, curriculum design, methods of teaching art, as well as studio workshops. See our course catalog for details.


Dr. Gaylund K. Stone
Program Director

Please contact our graduate admissions staff for more information.