M.S. in Art and Design Education

About the Program

Our online program provides a convenient way for you to get your master’s degree in art and design education. You’ll be welcomed into a supportive community of students and alumni, and you’ll benefit from an up-to-date, research-based curriculum delivered by our internationally renowned faculty members.

Perfect for K-12 teachers seeking credentials, museum educators and community art leaders, our program will help you develop lesson plans, integrate technology into your classroom, and advocate for art education in your school district and community. Graduates of the program have received Teacher of the Year recognition from the Illinois Art Education Association.

Program Mode of Delivery

The program is 100% online, but you have the option to take classes face-to-face including during a capstone summer intensive. 


In addition to seminars, you'll take classes such as:

ARTE 543 - Art and Technology in the K-12 Classroom 
ARTE 682 - Curriculum Development in Art and Design Education
ARTE 684 - History and Philosophy of Art Education
ARTE 685 - Research Readings in Art Education
ARTE 687 - Evaluation and Assessment in Art Education 
ARTE 780 - Research Development and Writing

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

You must have a bachelor’s degree in art and design education, museum studies, arts management or related fields, or be a certified teacher with an art and design-related endorsement.

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.


  • Douglas Boughton
  • Kerry Freedman
  • Kelly Gross
  • Richard Siegesmund, emeritus
  • Kryssi Staikidis
  • Shei-Chau Wang

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online master's degree
College: College of Visual and Performing ArtsSchool of Art and Design
Credits Required: 30 credits
Tuition per Credit: $509.75
$878.99 (international)
(Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1



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