Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Curriculum and Instruction - Art Education

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.

Is this Program for Me?

The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) with an emphasis in Art Education includes research and scholarly activity in curriculum development and teaching in diverse educational settings. These include schools, museums and community arts organizations.

The program goals emphasize:

  • Inclusion of multicultural, race, class, gender, and other critical issues within our contemporary world
  • Working collaboratively to think creatively while being inclusive in leadership
  • Collaborating with museums and other local arts organizations
  • Student and teacher commitment to dialogue and collaborative efforts in order to work together in ways that re-define learner goals in the absence of an authoritative voice
  • Appreciation of viewing, interpreting, critiquing and making art

Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time, it will take longer to complete the program. If students pursue a certification plan, they will need to complete additional coursework.

What will I learn?

The C & I - Art Education doctoral program emphasizes foundations of psychological and educational theory, statistics, and research methodology. Students will also develop essential knowledge and skills in order to:

  • Write, present and publish scholarly research
  • Develop and implement effective art education curriculum
  • Become innovative thinkers as leaders in art related industries
  • Develop strategies for establishing and maintaining community involvement related to art education
  • Reflect critically to enhance professional development in art education

Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Internship
  • Candidacy research project
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction - Art Education.

What can I do with my degree?

The C & I - Art Education doctoral program prepares graduates for leadership roles in:

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Art related Industries
  • Art Organizations with Educational Components

Graduates with an Ed. D. in C & I - Art Education may pursue the following positions:

  • College or University Professors
  • Museum Administrators
  • Art Educators
  • Art Coordinators

To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist

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