Program Sequence

MAE + Licensure

To download a PDF of the MAE + Licensure program sequence click here. Students who wish to earn both a master’s degree and a teaching license follow a schedule of courses that culminates in a student teaching semester. Students who apply to this track may have teaching experience from informal settings or private schools. The coursework is designed to meet the Virginia teaching licensure requirements for K-12 visual art certification (a reciprocal certificate in many states) and simultaneously earn a master’s degree. This degree is 49-52 credits.


After taking ARTE 611 and completing at least 9, but no more than 18 graduate credits, all students must apply for degree candidacy. The candidacy exam takes the form of the submission of a student’s literature review, an unofficial transcript, and the completed candidacy form and is due March 1. Read more…

Application to Teacher Preparation (due October 1 for Spring and March 1 for Fall)

Teacher Prep application available here. All MAE + Licensure students must apply through the Department of Art Education and be accepted for departmental admission to the Art Education Teacher Preparation Program.  Applications are due by March 1 (for fall enrollment in ARTE 501) or October 1 (for spring enrollment in ARTE 501). Read more…

Thesis/Thesis Project/Comprehensive Exam

Shortly after candidacy and in consultation with an adviser, all students must decide if they will be completing a thesis, thesis project, or a comprehensive exam. Read more…

Application for Clinical Internship: Student Teaching (due September 1st for Spring and February 7th for Fall)

Application for Clinical Internship available here. Students planning to Student Teach must complete an Application to Clinical Internship the semester before they intend to complete their internship, typically at the beginning of ARTE 502.   In order to be eligible for Clinical Internship, students must have successfully completed or be enrolled in all coursework required for degree.  Read more…

Clinical Internship

Students are placed by the School of Education in an Elementary and a Secondary (middle or high school) placement for eight weeks each during their semester of Clinical Internship.  All students are assigned a University Supervisor to act as a liaison for the Department of Art Education and a cooperating teacher at each school.  Students meet weekly through ARTE 404, the student teacher seminar. Read more…


Within the first two weeks of the semester in which students plan to graduate, they must submit their graduation application forms to the Licensure Coordinator in the Department of Art Education. MAE students must be close to completing their thesis, thesis project, or comprehensive exam as well as all coursework. MAE + licensure students must have already completed their thesis, thesis project, or comprehensive exams and be in their student teaching semester.  Students must be registered for at least 1 credit in the semester in which they intend to graduate. Final thesis and thesis project documents are due (with all necessary signatures) approximately 4 weeks before graduation each semester. If students miss this deadline, they will not be able to graduate. Consult the VCU Academic Calendar for the exact dates for each semester. Read more…


Students, who have earned a Masters in Art Education degree and have passed required tests (Praxis I, Praxis II, VCLA), are eligible for Virginia Licensure.  Applications can be found on the Virginia Department of Education website.  Students can turn in application materials to the Department of Art Education for review during their last week of Student Teaching. Read more…


Expectations of graduate students working to attain advanced degrees in School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University are high, reflecting the quality of one of the top art schools in the country.

VCU Art Education graduate students maintain membership in professional organizations and make conference presentations through VAEA and NAEA conventions. Travel and research support may be available though the School of the Arts.

VCU Art Education graduate students conduct meaningful and applicable research that is worthy of publication.

VCU Art Education graduate students are aware of current research issues and trends in art and education. Graduate students are expected to understand, respect, and meet the requirements of the program. Graduate students are responsible for knowing and following all the policies of the VCU Graduate School as explained in the bulletin.



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