UAB graduate art education students become skilled, reflective teachers through an innovative program in arts education. At the master's level, students can earn degrees and teacher certification in visual arts taking both education and studio classes. After earning a master's level certification in art or music, teachers can then pursue an educational specialist (EdS) degree in Teacher Leadership.

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M.A. in Arts Education with alternative Class A certification

Prospective teachers who have finished an undergraduate degree program in visual arts, have obtained a passing score on the corresponding Praxis II exam, and have passed departmental proficiency exams can seek admission to the alternative master's program (AMP) and obtain alternative Class A certification in this teaching field. The first purpose of UAB’s AMP is to guide prospective teachers in meeting the evolving needs of school-aged learners in today’s rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach. Based on constructivism, this approach prepares educators for using state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. The AMP’s third purpose is to ensure that quality courses are available to graduate students who are unable to come to campus during traditional class hours.

M.A. in Arts Education with Class A certification

Teachers with Class B certification in the visual arts obtain Class A certification in the same teaching field by pursuing a traditional master's degree program.

Eda in Teacher Leadership with Class AA certification

Teachers with Class A certification in arts education (visual arts) can pursue Class AA teacher certification by pursuing UAB's new Teacher Leader EdS program. Through this EdS program, art educators become teacher leaders while enhancing their knowledge and skills within the arts.

For more information about the M.A. in Art Education, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Program Director for K-12 Teacher Education. Also, see UAB School of Education Catalog.

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