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MA in Art Education*

Art education with a special focus on community engagement and social justice

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) and its faculty are reviewing the curriculum of the education-related degrees previously offered by the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design before it became part of the George Washington University. While the current academic programs are under review, please contact the GSEHD admissions office at with questions about the Art Education program.

Admission Requirements

For detailed information regarding admissions requirements such as application deadlines and required documentation, visit the GW Program Finder.


The following curriculum is for legacy students, defined as those students who began taking classes at the Corcoran prior to the fall 2015 semester. 

One of the Corcoran's primary goals is to develop leaders in education who are committed to continual assessment, improvement, and professional and personal development through self-reflection and research. The art education degree programs are structured around an interactive, tight-knit community of students and faculty. Approximately half of the courses in each program are open to students in both the MA in Teaching program and the MA in Art Education program. This design allows for a cross-fertilization of experiences and ideas and provides a forum for the concerns and interests of each group.

Required courses 

Sample Electives 

  • CED 5680 Studio-Based Teaching and Learning
  • CED 5700 Art Therapy Orientation for Art Educators
  • CED 4050 Art Science: Developing Creativity
  • CED 4040 Math in Art/Art in Math
  • CED 5620 Art across the Curriculum
  • CED 5682 Community-Based Teaching & Learning
  • CED 5620 Special Topics: Art Across the Curriculum
  • CED 5630 Special Topics: Art, Cultural and Character
  • CED 6020 Development, Behavior, and Learning
  • CED 6060 Digital Media for Educators


The main purposes of a final, independent project or thesis at the graduate level are to provide each candidate an opportunity to:

  • concentrate on a sustained, professional-quality project concerning a topic relating to and growing out of their graduate studies and/or professional praxis;
  • apply both theory and practice from their academic program and pre-program experiences to a final supervised, academic project;
  • exercise advanced skills of investigation and analysis in their field;
  • demonstrate their abilities through a focused, self-initiated project that makes a useful contribution to the field of art education in one or more settings.

Upon completion of graduate studies, a practicing art educator carries out a thesis project in the form of solid and systematic written research. The thesis project is expected to demonstrate that the student is prepared to contribute and communicate new knowledge to colleagues for advancement in their profession.

In addition to a written thesis, candidates in the Master of Arts in Art Education program are required to complete a studio capstone experience. The purpose of the capstone is to synthesize prior artistic experience with studio coursework completed in fulfillment of the degree.

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