B.S. in Art Education


M.S. in Art Education:
online & onsite

M.S. in Art Education with Teaching Licensure
(onsite only)


Ph.D. in Art Education

Degree Programs

The Master of Science in Art Education with Licensure is a Master's degree program designed for students with an art-related undergraduate degree who desire to become art educators in K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grade) schools and thereby need licensure. Admission to this program is outlined in the NIU School of Art Graduate Programs Application Guide and also must successfully complete the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Then, students must submit and pass an exit portfolio review during the semester prior to student teaching in order to be approved for student teaching. All portfolio reviews are done at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students must remain in good standing in the Graduate School with an average 3.00 GPA or higher while completing 33 semester hours of graduate work and successfully passing a comprehensive examination for their degree.

Advisor: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis

Phone: 815.753.8388
Email: kstaikidis@niu.edu


Jack Arends Building
330 Gilbert Drive, Room 210
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Northern Illinois University Art + Design Education

Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Its research-focused faculty explores curriculum and learning outcomes related to visual culture, contemporary technology, assessment, indigenous studies, critical pedagogy, e-portfolio development, media studies and international educational teaching and research. Instruction focuses on meeting the myriad challenges of today's schools including student engagement with critical thinking, self-directed learning, Common Core, visual literacy, and STEAM.

NIU Art + Design Education students are committed to excelling as practitioners, scholars, and creative risk takers who build on their own strengths as they develop skills to advocate for art as essential to learning across diverse settings. Together, faculty and students work to improve educational practice, in both schools and communities, to produce visually literate children and adults.

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