Any studio courses which the student wishes to transfer to UNK for credit will have the same requirements as the review of the undergraduate studio work. Slides must represent only the work completed in those graduate studios. A copy of the course syllabus is recommended.
The Master of Art in Education - Art Education degree does not lead to certification or a field endorsement. Students who are seeking certification or a field endorsement must contact the Teacher Education Department. Certification and field endorsements require the student to meet all department, state and university requirements.
The research paper option has alternative methods for completion. Through the many course options available to students, the program can be designed in a way that accommodates students' academic needs and/or location needs. In addition to a research paper on an art education topic, the student will culminate the experience through a comprehensive written examination. The Art Education research paper option is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are currently teaching art in a PK-12 school system and do not intend to pursue a Ph.D.
The thesis option is much more rigorous than the research paper option. In addition to coursework, students will design and conduct original research in art education and write a scholarly paper. The student will culminate the experience through an oral defense of the thesis. The thesis option prepares the student for pursuing a terminal degree (Ph.D.). It is recommended that the thesis student take courses on campus whenever possible to fully benefit from the academic rigor of the university environment. The thesis option can only be completed by taking TE 802 on the UNK campus or by transferring in an equivalent course.
The written examination (research paper option) is in an essay format. The intent of this process is for the student to demonstrate the ability to transfer knowledge from various areas of the degree to provide solutions to problems or questions asked during the exam.
The oral defense (thesis option) will be compiled of questions formulated from both the coursework and the thesis document. All members of the students' thesis committee will submit questions and an open invitation for questions from qualified attendees will be solicited.
The culminating written and/or oral defense may be attempted only twice. The retake of the examination may be scheduled no earlier than the following semester. The second written examination will also be a synthesis level essay examination. The oral defense will require scheduling a time for the examination on campus. The time and location will be arranged by the student in consultation with the advisor.
Acceptance into the Department of Graduate Studies and Research does not assure acceptance into the Master of Arts in Education - Art Education degree program.
In addition to the general graduate application requirements of the Department of Graduate Studies and Research, admission to the Master of Arts in Education Degree program in Art Education is based upon consideration of the following:
Upon acceptance into the program the Graduate Committee will appoint a major professor. Upon completion of six hours of course work the student's status will be evaluated and again at the completion of twelve hours. Based upon satisfactory performance at twelve hours the major professor will make recommendations for admission to candidacy. Thesis students will need to consult the Art Department's graduate handbook for thesis committee requirements.