Aug 03, 2020  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Art

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The M.S. in art requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work and successfully passing a comprehensive examination.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Specialization in Art Education (33)

Applicants for the M.S. degree with a specialization in art education should have an undergraduate degree in art, art education, or other related field approved by the School of Art. Students must complete 33 semester hours as follows.

A maximum of 9 semester hours may be taken outside the School of Art. Any program requires the written approval of the major adviser.

Additional electives in art education and/or electives in art history, studio art, or related professional courses as approved by the School of Art  Credits: 15

Course work from the following (3)

Teacher Certification

Students with an undergraduate degree must be admitted to the M.S. program in art with a specialization in art education to enter the certification program.

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree may complete requirements for the State of Illinois Standard Special (K-12) Certificate through the art education division of the School of Art as part of the degree program for the M.S. in art with a specialization in art education. With adviser approval, graduate-level requirements for certification can be part of the 33 semester hours required for this specialization.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Illinois Test of Basic Skills.
  • Completion of ARTE 342 with a grade of at least C.
  • Admission to the School of Art.


Students must remain in good standing in the Graduate School. In addition students must maintain an average 3.00 GPA or higher, and receive no final grade lower than C in art education methods courses (ARTE 342, ARTE 344, ARTE 563, and ART 682).

Admission to Student Teaching

In addition to meeting retention requirements, during the semester prior to student teaching or earlier, students must pass the final portfolio review per the art education division’s portfolio review procedures. Also see “Teacher Certification Information.”


Studio and art history courses may be assigned as deficiencies if not taken as part of an undergraduate degree. Subject to approval by the chair of the graduate advisory committee, courses in art history, ceramics, design, drawing, fiber arts, metal work or jewelry, painting, printmaking, and/or sculpture may be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level, in NIU’s School of Art or at other recognized institutions.

Also see “Teacher Certification Information.”

  • ARTE 342, Introduction to Art Education: Content and Clinical Experience at the Elementary Level (3)
  • ARTE 344, Resources and Methods in Art Education: Content and Clinical Experience at the Middle Level (3)
  • ARTE 488A, Student Teaching in Elementary Art (6)
  • ARTE 488B, Student Teaching in Secondary Art (6)

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