Increase your capacity to question issues related to teaching, thinking, learning, and producing in and through the visual arts, with a Master of Art Education (MAE) online. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a novice in art education, or a related field, you’ll find educational opportunities that serve many interests and career goals in this online program.


Professional licensure This Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved program is for those who already have an initial license and are seeking Professional Licensure.

We offer flexible selections between research and practice orientations in synchronous and asynchronous online classes. You’ll address broadly conceived themes like:

  • Human development and creative expression
  • Curriculum and leadership and
  • Community partnerships

We prepare art teachers to be reflective practitioners who use 21st-century technology, national standards, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework as they further develop their studio, aesthetics, and pedagogical skills as makers, thinkers, and researchers in the discipline. Our students teach in public or private schools or in community settings. Through the program of study, you will:

  • Increase studio, art history, critical literacy, and evaluation skills
  • Develop reflective praxis of studio inquiry and action research
  • Read and analyze literature in the field of art education and related fields
  • Align curriculum and meaningful assessment to the needs of K-12 learners
  • Implement research skills
  • Collect and analyze data to inform decision making about best practices in art teaching

Learn more about this program:

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Registration is administered through Online & Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition $1170
Technology Fee $150
College Fee $114
Library Access Fee $18
Registration Fee (One time per semester) $30
Total Per Course* $1,482

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has earned several awards for its online programs including:

  • First UMass approved as a SARA Institution in Massachusetts
  • UMass Dartmouth is ranked as a Tier 1 National Research University - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 3rd for best online colleges in Massachusetts - College Choice, Affordable Colleges Online
  • The College of Nursing is listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., 98th of 1,000 - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 10th in the nation for best online bachelor's degree in accounting - College Choice
  • Ranked 11th for online MBA in healthcare management programs - The Best Schools
  • Ranked 6th of 33 Massachusetts schools for affordability of online programs - College Choice
  • Ranked 26th nationally for the MS in Healthcare Management offered by Charlton College of Business - Master's Program Guide
  • Excellence in Online Teaching - Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Ranked 7th nationally for most affordable online colleges for bachelor's degrees - College Choice
  • Ranked 10th for best online master's programs in public policy nationwide - Best Colleges
  • Ranked in the top 11% nationally for best value college, based on return on investment. - Payscale
  • In the top 10 for undergraduate accounting programs in Massachusetts - Accounting Degree Review
  • Online MBA program ranked in the top 33% nationwide - U.S. News & World Report
  • Designated a Military Friendly School ® with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience - Military Friendly



Applicants must include the following materials:

  • Graduate application form
  • $60 Application fee (credit card if using the web application; otherwise, check or money order)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative average in undergraduate studies
  • Statement of professional goals and program intent
  • Portfolio which demonstrates capability for advanced work within a chosen discipline
  • Official college transcripts (listing courses taken, grades and degree(s) received)*
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous professors and/or employers, evaluating the applicant’s potential for academic success, commitment to teaching, or quality of artwork
  • International students: TOEFL score report (official copy from ETS or IELTS)
Financial Aid: 

Your UMass Dartmouth education is an investment in your future. There are a number of ways to finance your education including grants, scholarships, and loans. Your workplace may offer reimbursement for education if you check with the Human Resources Department where you work.

To be eligible for grants and loans, students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be taking at least 6 credits per semester.

FAFSA application

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to receive UMassD need-based education loans and grants. You must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program, and taking at least 6 credits per semester. 

By submitting your completed FAFSA, you may be eligible for a number of need-based grants or loans. Learn more about need-based aid