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How long will it take?

43 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where will I take classes?

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  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Art Education, M.A.T.

Georgia State University's Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education (M.A.T.): Students seeking a teaching certification at the graduate level may apply to the M.A.T. in Art Education. Candidates for the M.A.T. may be asked to complete additional coursework as advised by graduate faculty based on the portfolio review. Students in this program may be artists who have worked in the community, experienced art teachers or recent art graduates.

Program Highlights

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production in an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers an M.A. in Art History, M.A. in Art Education, M.A.T. and M.A.Ed. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.


  • M.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited
  • M.F.A. students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships and numerous M.A./M.A.Ed. research assistantships are granted with equal benefits
  • Students are eligible for competitive fellowships, including the premium Welch Fellowships. The fellowships fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to the student’s regular stipend and full tuition waiver.
Program Details

Applicants for the M.A.Ed. and M.A.T. degree must submit the following items:

  • Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  • Statement of Intent: A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing academic interests, proposed area of specialization and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program at Georgia State will serve those interests and goals.
  • The letters of recommendation and the statement of intent should be uploaded with the other application materials.
  • Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. The portfolio should contain two- and three-dimensional work. It should reflect basic skills in drawing and design and sufficient advanced skill in one area. Twenty images should be submitted if the applicant is not a practicing art educator. If the applicant is a practicing art teacher, a minimum of 10 images of personal studio work and up to 10 images of student work are acceptable. Under no circumstances should more than 20 images be submitted.
  • Examples of work by the applicant’s students should represent a variety of media and reflect quality in design, craftsmanship, originality, complexity and historical or cultural content.
  • Submission guidelines for the statement and portfolio preparation are the same as the M.F.A. degree (listed below).

Specific admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree include the following:

  • An undergraduate major appropriate to the intended major at Georgia State, preferably in the field of art.
  • Students should have completed at least 15 hours in studio art at the undergraduate level with introductory classes in the following areas: Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Photography and Sculpture. If these course requirements have not been met in the undergraduate program additional credits may be required.
  • A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement, earned a 2.5 overall cumulative grade-point average and a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in art content courses.
  • Passing scores on GACE Program Admission Assessment
  • Ethics (Program Entry test)
  • Once students are admitted to the M.A.T. program, art education faculty will assist students in understanding certification requirements, which include Tort Liability coverage and criminal background checks.

Master of Teaching M.A.T. (43 hours)

Course of Study
  1. Select one (3):
    • Three hours of art history coursework (non-Western preferred)
  2. Studio Art Requirement: 9 hours of coursework in a studio concentration:
    • ART 6980 Special Problem in Studio Practices (3)
    • DP 6980 Individual Study: Studio Practices (3)
    • ART 6980 Special Problem: Contemporary Art in Studio (3)
  3. Art Education Requirement: 9 hours of 8000 level art education coursework selected from:
    • AE 8000 Introduction to Research in Art Education (3)
    • AE 8010 Philosophy and Curriculum in Art Education (3)
    • AE 8020 Learning Theories (3)
    • AE 8050 Computer Imaging and Instructional Technology (3)
    • AE 8200 Histories and Communities in Art Education (3)
    • AE 8400 Aesthetics and Critical Theory (3)
  4. Art Education Methods Certification Coursework :
    • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
    • AE 6200 Art for Preschool through Fifth Grade (3)
    • AE 6300 Art for Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
    • AE 6400 Media, Technology, and Visual Presentation (3)
    • AE 6600 Art Education Practicum (4)
    • Opening School Experience (non credit 2 week observation)
    • AE 6750/6760/6770/6780 Student Teaching Coursework (6) OR AE 6785 Internship I and AE 6786 Seminar, and AE 6795 Internship II, and AE 6796 Seminar (6)

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) requires a passing score on edTPA (the GaPSC-approved content pedagogy assessment), the GACE Art Content Assessment and Ethics (Program Exit) test for certification eligibility.

Goals and outcomes upon completion of a M.A.T. program include:

  • Expand skills and understandings in studio art production and contemporary art concepts.
  • Develop pedagogical skills and strategies as master teachers.
  • Empower and integrate current theory and best practices in their classrooms.
  • Foster critical thinking skills and life-long learning as members of a professional community.
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills to have an impact on students, classrooms, communities, schools, districts and professional organizations.



The graduate programs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design prepare students for competitive careers in contemporary art, art education, design and art entrepreneurship.

Highlights include one-on-one mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, access to art institutions and creative publications, networking with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, experience from conference to international art fair participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as graphic, interior and web designers, multimedia artists, curators, gallery directors, museum and non-profit arts managers, art administrators, K-12 art teachers, art educators, art historians and writers, creative directors at advertising and marketing firms, props and set design fabricators, and art appraisers, among others.


Graduate Coordinator
Wesley Harvey
[email protected]

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE
117 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303

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