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 Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education program emphasizes research, theory and philosophical development, and applications of new knowledge in art and visual culture. The Ph.D. prepares students to be researchers, scholars, and leaders in the field of art education, including education in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, museums and community art centers, and other cultural institutions. A student seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in Art Education in the School of Art must meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School and have satisfied the requirements (or equivalent) for the M.S., M.A., or M.F.A. degree in Art at NIU. The student must also submit acceptable scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations and show evidence of writing and English-language proficiency as defined by NIU Graduate School criteria. Contact the Ph.D. Advisor, Dr. Kerry Freedman, for more information or with any questions.

Advisor: Dr. Kerry Freedman

Phone: 815.753.7879
Email: kfreedman@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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