Arts Education - Visual Arts

UAB's Arts Education program is housed within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This program consists of a Master of Arts degree in Arts Education and also an an alternative master's degree in Arts Education, both with a concentration on Visual Arts. The first purpose of this Arts 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 Canvas 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

Master of Arts in Education: Arts Education - Visual Arts Fifth Year Alternative Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. requires a minimum of 43 hours for the Arts Education Alternative Masters program with a concentration in Visual Arts.

EDA 534Methods I: Visual Arts3
EDA 564Methods II: Visual Arts3
EHS 597Special Problems in Education3
EDR 551Reading in Content Areas3
EHS 556Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools3
EDU 500Education as a Profession1
EPR 511Measurement and Evaluation in Education Secondary Ed3
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
EDA 690Internship in Art Education N-126
Advisor-approved 500+ level Courses in Art Studio or Art History12
EHS 530Practicum1
EHS 570Practicum II1
EHS 690Intern Seminar in Sec Edu1
Total Hours43

Master of Arts in Education: Arts Education - Visual Arts Traditional Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. requires a minimum of 33 hours for the Arts Education program with a concentration in Visual Arts. A GPA of 3.25 is required.

Advisor-approved Art Courses (500+ level Studio Art or Art History)12
EDA 680Advanced Methods: Visual Arts3
EHS 651Innovative Practices in Teaching in Secondary School3
EDC 655Curriculum Principles and Practices3
EDC 706The Dynamics of Educational Change3
ALSDE-approved Course in Diversity3
Urban Education
Critical Social Issues in American Education
Advisor-approved Elective in Diversity
Advisor-approved Elective3
Seminar on Current Issues: Measurement/Eval School
600+ level Education course
500+ level Studio Art or Art History course
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
Total Hours33

 Not required if previously completed


EDA 534. Methods I: Visual Arts. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching visual arts in school settings. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment. Admission to Alternative Master's Program required.

EDA 564. Methods II: Visual Arts. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess the visual arts in school settings: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.

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. Advanced Methods: Visual Arts. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods for teaching the visual arts in grades 6-14. Includes curriculum development, classroom interaction, pedagogical activities, technology applications, source materials, current research, society issues, and cognitive development of students. Current classroom teaching required.
Prerequisites: GAC M

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.