Art Education

UAB's Art Education program is housed within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This program consists of a Master's of Arts degree in Art Education and also an an alternative master's degree in Art Education. The first purpose of this Art Education program is to prepare educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners in grades P-12 within today's rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach that prepares educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours. UAB's teacher education program is unique in how it combines online support from Blackboard with a variety of delivery formats:

  • blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face evenings)
  • flexible summer programming
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

Prospective students should contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Spezzini, at (205-934-8357).

For detailed information regarding admission requirements for the School of Education graduate programs, please visit the Admissions Requirements website at


EDA 583. Methods of Teaching Art. 3 Hours.

Preparation to teach art in schools. Learning experiences necessary for development of essential teaching competencies. Materials and methods in art studio media, technology skills for art classroom, art history and criticism, and current issues in art education. Admission to Alternative Master's Program required.

EDA 584. Methods of Teaching Art Lab. 1 Hour.

Methods of Teaching Art Lab required.

EDA 591. Art Education Final Exhibition. 3 Hours.

M.A. students plan and mount exhibition of work during final year. Graphicdesign students may prepare public portfolio presentation instead of exhibition. Art History students prepare a thesis research paper. Course is an independent study course taken with the student s thesis advisor.

EDA 651. Innovative Practices in Teaching Art in School. 3 Hours.

Innovative practices in planning, instructing, and evaluating in art education. Specialized study of contemporary needs in art and art education.

EDA 680. Art Experiences in the Teaching of Art N-12. 3 Hours.

Concepts, methods, and skills for teaching art.

EDA 690. Internship in Art Education N-12. 3-9 Hours.

For Alternative Master's Program students. Observation and student teaching in elementary and secondary schools (15 full weeks in school setting. Approval of internship application required.