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Educational Program Design (MEd)

The MEd in Educational Program Design is a 30-credit degree program designed to deepen your expertise in creating and developing diverse learning environments for today’s student. This degree is designed for educators looking to continue to integrate the artistic process with their practice as an artist and as an art educator.

This Master of Education degree demystifies curriculum, instruction, and assessment and provides you with the tools and skills necessary to create or build upon existing program structures at your school or district to meet the needs of today's students.

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Required Courses

Assessment Design & Evaluation (3 credits)
Curriculum Design (3 credits)
Instructional Design (3 credits)
Designing 21st Century Learning Environments (3 credits)
Research Methods (3 credits)
Capstone Project: Master of Education (3 credits)


Electives (3 credits)

Select one course from the following subjects. 

  • Educational Technology

  • Inclusion

  • Literacy

  • Arts

Program Emphasis

Select one emphasis from

Educational Technology (code ETEC), 600 level (3 courses / 9 credits)

Inclusion (code INCL), 600 level (3 courses / 9 credits)

Literacy (code LITY), 600 level (3 courses / 9 credits)

Arts (code VPAS), 600 level (3 courses / 9 credits

Faculty Spotlight

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Sarah Eckert

Director, Professional Institute for Educators & MEd Programs, School of Graduate & Professional Studies
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Elana Betts

Certified school psychologist specializing in social emotional learning, disability awareness and social justice advocacy
Headshot of Natalie Duvall
Natalie Duvall

Doctor of education with a concentration in mind, brain, teaching and student motivation

Student Spotlight

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Liliane Sharpless

MEd '21

Educational Program Design (MEd)

Alumni Spotlight

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Loren Marquardt

MEd '19

Educational Program Design (MEd)
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Danielle Scicluna

MEd '20

Educational Program Design (MEd)

• Submission of a completed application form or online application.

• Nonrefundable application fee of $60 to be paid by check, money order or credit card.  The fee must be payable in U.S. currency and all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks. 

• Official transcripts, including secure eTranscripts, should be sent to PIE by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) or school(s) involved electronically to pie@uarts.edu or hard copies mailed to 

    Attn: Professional Institute for Educators
    University of the Arts
    320 South Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

For transcripts from outside the U.S., please refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students.

A statement of applicant’s academic and professional goals, 2-3 pages long, stating professional plans, interests, and goals.

A résumé or CV including the applicant’s name; address, phone number and email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.

•  1–2 current letters of recommendation, sent electronically to pie@uarts.edu or hard copies mailed to

    Attn: Professional Institute for Educators
    University of the Arts
    320 South Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

Note: Neither MEd Programs nor Graduate Certificates lead to PA Department of Education certification. These programs are designed for K–12 in-service teachers. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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