M.S. Art Education Online


Expand your skills and employment potential with the Master of Science in Art Education. The program is designed to prepare educators in the arts to foster visual literacy in the next generation.

NIU’s Cutting-edge Program Provides

  • Internationally renowned faculty who are leaders in the field
  • Up-to-date, research-based curriculum
  • Leadership skills you need to support and expand your art program
  • Convenience and quality of well-designed online courses
  • Supportive community of graduate students and alumni
  • Prime location close to Chicago for your summer studio intensive 

Why Online?

NIU is ranked among the top 50 online colleges in the nation. We ensure our online program is distinguished by the same quality of excellence as our on-campus programs, and we provide the resources its faculty need to design the highest quality interactive online courses and the support you need to succeed.

Who Should Complete this Program?

K-12 teachers seeking credentials, museum educators and community art leaders can use the skills gained in the M.S. in Art Ed. to develop lesson plans, integrate technology into the art classroom, and lead and garner support for art education within their school districts and communities.

Admission Requirements

You must have a Bachelor’s degree in art education, museum studies, arts management or related fields, or be a certified teacher with an art and design-related endorsement. In addition, you are required to submit a writing sample.