The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Visual Arts is an art education teacher preparation program in Philadelphia. Upon completion of this master's degree program, you'll be eligible to receive certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Education to teach art in grades Pre K-12. Candidates for the MAT art education program have completed undergraduate studies in the fine arts, either in illustration, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design or another area of study that is approved by the director of the program.

In the Art Education program, you'll learn the fundamentals while benefiting from numerous opportunities for hands-on instruction and in-classroom training. Our students receive comprehensive instruction in the use of art education technology, field-based learning experiences and direct feedback on instructional effectiveness. 

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Rande Blank, Director of Art + Design Education
Rande Blank

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Director, Art + Education Department

The program provides students with a thorough grounding in concepts and methodologies of art theory and education as well as the practice of making art. In addition, the program’s faculty are committed to supporting the development of the students’ professional careers as researchers, innovators and leaders in the field of education, co-presenting with them in a number of national conferences and workshops throughout the program, such as at the National Art Education Association Conference, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference and the Art Educators of New Jersey Conference.

Most candidates for the program have completed undergraduate studies in the fine arts; however, intrinsic to the program’s design is the ability for students to simultaneously take co-requisite course work alongside program requirements, allowing unique flexibility for those individuals who may have developed a passion for education later in their undergraduate careers or even after graduation.

Sample Curriculum:

Total Credits: 42
Duration: minimum 3 semesters, full-time

Please note: Additional pre-requisite/co-requisite coursework may need to be completed to meet certification requirements.

Semester I
Program Design & Methods: Elementary (3c)
Creative & Cognitive Development (3c)
Service Learning (1c)
Interactive Media (3c)
Professional Writing Intensive* (pass by exam) (2c)

Semester III
Saturday Practicum(3c)
Research in Education: Methods and Trends (3c)
Art and Inclusionary Education(3c)
Service Learning (1c)
The Art of Teaching (3c)

Semester II
Program Design & Methods: Secondary (3c)
History of Ideas in Art & Museum Education (3c)
Meeting Needs of ELL Learners (3c)
Service Learning (1c)

Semester IV
Student Teaching: Elementary (4c)
Student Teaching: Secondary (4c)
Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary/Secondary (1c)

*Co-requisite: Professional Writing (pass by exam)


From the very first semester, degree candidates are immersed in the practice of teaching — completing observations and fieldwork assignments in schools throughout the greater Philadelphia and tri-state area. In addition, a service-learning component is incorporated into the program, allowing students to meet Pennsylvania certification requirements while also learning and applying strategies necessary to meet the needs of students with special needs. The student-teaching practicum takes place during the last semester of the program and places students in schools for 14 weeks: seven weeks in an elementary school and seven weeks in a secondary school in order to give students the breadth of experience necessary to make informed choices regarding post-graduation teaching placements.

For complete course descriptions, please visit the course catalogue.

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Graduates from the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) currently teach in schools throughout the nation, at charter schools such as the William Penn Charter School and Young Scholar Frederick Douglas Charter School, at public schools such as M.H. Stanton Elementary School and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania, and in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, and have even founded their own schools. Ginger Huebner MAT ’03 is the founding director at Roots + Wings School of Art and Design in Asheville, N.C., and is playing a key role in providing quality arts education to school-age children and adults in her community. She applied for the MAT, she says, because she “wanted to learn how to teach,” and throughout the program was able to hone in on her ability to teach while maintaining a prolific and successful career as a professional artist.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: The University of the Arts operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning there is no specific application deadline. However, graduate programs are filled on a space available basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply early as some programs may fill. Additionally, certain scholarship awards may have priority consideration deadlines. Please review Graduate Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarship information here.

To apply, the following materials are required:

  • Application Fee of $60 (nonrefundable; submitted with your application)
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate schools attended are required. Transcripts should be issued directly by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) attended and sent to the Office of Admissions, The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or via email to For transcripts from outside the United States, please refer to the instructions provided below for international students.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation may either be requested through the online application form, or mailed to the Office of Admissions. At least two must come from professors or professional in your field familiar with your capabilities and credentials. The third may be from a colleague, collaborator or a peer.
  • Statement of Intent & Resume
    • Your Statement of Intent and your Resume are uploaded and submitted as part of your online application. Statements should be a minimum of one- to two-pages and detail your professional plans, interests and goals. What do you hope to gain by your studies at the graduate level? Your resume should highlight all of your professional accomplishments including employment, internships, honors, exhibitions and publications.
  • Creative Portfolio
    • A portfolio of professional work samples submitted through the UArts Graduate SlideRoom Portal is required for all applicants. Portfolios should consist of 12-16 images representing the breadth of your studio experience (diverse media). UArts Graduate SlideRoom Portal. There is a $10 fee to submit a portfolio in addition to the $60 application fee.
  • Personal Interview
    • After the application has been processed, each applicant is contacted for a personal interview conducted by the program director. For applicants who cannot interview at the university, interviews can be conducted via telephone or Skype.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit:

  • Official Transcripts and Transcript Evaluation
    • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. A transcript evaluation by a NACES-approved evaluator is required in order for an application to be complete, and a decision made. A Course-by-Course report is required and it is the applicant's responsibility to contract directly with the agency for this service and provide the necessary documents. While applicants may use any NACES-approved accredited evaluating agency, the University recommends World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (iBT) or 580 (PBT) or higher, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is required for unconditional admission.

Applicants who meet the academic and creative requirements for admission but whose scores do not meet the English proficiency requirement for degree study may receive an offer of conditional admission that first requires enrollment in the University of the Arts' English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI). Applicants who successfully complete Level 9 of ESL study in ESLI will then be able to begin their degree program studies.

In special circumstances, applicants who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS can request a waiver of this requirement. The request should be submitted in writing and include the reason for opting not to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams. Requests will then be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may require an interview.

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