Master of Education – Art Education (Online)

Master of Education – Art Education (Online)

Masters Of Education

Converse’s online MEd in Art Education is the first art education program of its kind in South Carolina. This two-year program will equip you as an exemplary professional artist, researcher, and teacher – and is accessible to busy, practicing teachers anywhere in the state. Achieve your academic and career goals – on your schedule.

We also offer an Alternative Certification in Art Education. Converse’s Alternative Certification in Art Education program is an introductory intensive with three online courses and monthly, on-campus meetings. All coursework can apply towards a Masters in Education (MEd) – Art Education, should the participant so choose at the successful conclusion of the alternative certification process.

The online MEd in Art Education consists of 36 hours and includes courses focused on the content of art, art history, and art education to promote skill as an artist-researcher-teacher, along with coursework in areas of gifted education, special education, and professional education. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

The unique online format is a hybrid with four semesters of online coursework and two summer residencies on our Spartanburg campus. Each two-week residency session provides studio skill support and face-to-face collaboration in seminars. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.

Sample Program of Study

Year 1
Fall (Online)

  • ART 503 History and Philosophy of Art Education (3 hrs)
  • Education Elective (3 hrs)

Spring (Online)

  • ART 599 Special Topics: Dialogues in Non Western Art History (3 hrs)
  • ART 588 Multicultural Art Education (3 hrs)

Summer Residency Two-Week Session (on the Converse Campus)

  • ART 502 Contemporary Problems in Art Education (3 hrs)
  • ART Studio Elective (3 hrs)

Year 2
Fall (Online)

  • ART 560 Research in Art Education (3 hrs)
  • EDU 500f MEd Clinical: Teacher Work Sample (3 hrs)

Spring (Online)

  • ART 517 Administration and Supervision in Arts Education (3 hrs)
  • Education Elective (3 hrs)
  • EDU 500g MEd Clinical NBPTS Portfolio (0 hrs)

Summer Residency Two-Week Session (On the Converse Campus)

  • ART 561 Artist as Researcher, Teacher, and Transformer (3 hrs)
  • ART Studio Elective (3 hrs)
  • ART 565 Graduate Exhibition (0 hrs)

Study of Art, Art History and Art Education: 27 hrs
Professional Education: 9 hrs
Total hours for the M.Ed. degree: 36 hrs

Program Coursework

Visit the graduate catalog for current course descriptions, and view benchmark worksheets for an outline of academic requirements for this program.

For consideration of admission to the MEd in Art Education degree program, the applicant should have the following credentials:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a degree in Art or Art Education
  • Certification in Art Education
  • Grades indicating likelihood for success in graduate studies. For full, non-provisional admission, the applicant must have an overall cumulative 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale of college work

Converse College’s founder, Dexter Edgar Converse, held the ideal that Converse students “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” Please write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, on how your personal goals as an educator tie with the Converse concept of The “Ideal” Educator. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work. Please be specific on how Converse can help you become the “Ideal” Educator, taking special care to organize your essay clearly and proofread your work. The personal statement should be submitted as a part of the application or emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Fee Cost
2020-2021 Tuition $416/credit hour
Term Access Fee $80 each Fall/Spring term; $50 each Jan/Summer term
Late Registration Fee $50/term
Graduation Fee $150

*Learn about Financial Aid opportunities

See a comprehensive list of tuition and fees in the graduate academic catalog.


Cynthia Caraway Hudson

Cynthia Caraway Hudson ’08

2014 SC Art Educator of the Year

“The Converse MEd challenged me and prepared me to educate at various grade levels. My Converse degree facilitates my continued growth as an educator and artist.”


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