PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Art Education

The MU Art Education PhD program prepares individuals for research and teacher education careers in higher education and for leadership positions in various educational settings. The program offers opportunities to expand a teaching repertoire and research current topics in art education as well as to develop expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and reporting research in the arts arena. The individual and a faculty committee develop an individualized program of study based upon a candidate’s background, experiences, and professional goals. The majority of MU PhD graduates take positions in Colleges of Education or Fine Arts in Art and Art Education at universities or colleges. However, some graduates move into administrative and supervisory positions at art museums, and arts agencies.

Degree Requirements

The PhD in art education is a 72-hour hybrid program of on-campus and online courses beyond a bachelor’s degree. Nine hours of core content courses must be taken on campus at either the beginning or end of your program of study. This program does not lead to certification.

Prerequisite (does not count toward degree)
ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
Core Courses10
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction1-3
LTC 8730Survey of Art Education3
LTC 8740Curriculum in Art Education3
LTC 8750Review of Research in Art Education3
Emphasis area15
LTC 8735Visual Literacy and Visual Culture3
LTC 8745Visual Thinking Strategies I3
LTC 8765Artistic Thinking: Multimedia Applications for Teaching Art3
LTC 8766Illuminating Process and Product: Making Learning Visible3
LTC 8767The Art of Teacher Reflection3
LTC 8746Visual Thinking Strategies II3
LTC 8941Internship in Curriculum and Instruction1-99
LTC 8915Classroom Research-Learning, Teaching and Curriculum2
ED_LPA 9456The Professoriate3
Art content course work12-18
We encourage a strong art background in one content area or in integrated art disciplines.
Educational research course12
LTC 8957Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
LTC 9620Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II3
ESC_PS 8957Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
ESC_PS 9620Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II3
Or other advanced education research course work focusing on specific methodologies
Electives and/or minors12-15
Courses that help focus and support your research interests (with committee approval). Possible minors include educational policy, educational leadership, educational technology/digital media, college teaching, learning theory, art studio and art history.
LTC 9090Research in Curriculum and Instruction12

In addition to the course work above, students pursue other competencies in consultation with your advisor including:

  • Conference presentation (single or co-author)
  • Colloquium participation and presentation
  • Submission of manuscript to a refereed journal (single or co-author)
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Teaching/teacher education internship (in your emphasis area)
  • Experience with teacher professional development (K–16)

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

The LTC graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program. Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant. It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

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