MPS Overview

Master of Professional Studies in Art Education

The master of professional studies (MPS) in art education is an innovative online degree program that blends electronic and experiential learning. The curriculum for this 30-credit course of study offers art and museum education professionals new ways of looking at familiar teaching situations while advancing their careers.

A Penn State MPS in art education can help you:

  • enrich your knowledge of art education while refining your teaching skills
  • earn professional development credits and increase your earning potential
  • prepare for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)*
  • develop a network of colleagues, including educators in K–12, museum, and other cultural institutions around the globe
*Persons interested in the NBPTS certification need to speak with the College of Arts and Architecture before registering for course work. This certification is granted by the NBPTS (not Penn State) and requires additional forms, fees, tests, and possible course work.

A Degree of Distinction

Since its founding in 1855, Penn State has established itself as one of the nation's most respected universities. Penn State is a pioneer in distance education, with a support system designed specifically for students who are not located on physical campuses.

All courses are accessible using any Internet connection, so you can study at times and locations that are convenient to your schedule. This allows you to complete your MPS in art education entirely online. Students who successfully finish the MPS program receive a Penn State diploma identical to those completing the degree on campus.

Learn alongside Other Art Educators

You'll interact with dedicated, goal-oriented peers, along with internationally recognized faculty members — the same faculty that teach on campus — in an atmosphere of high expectations and great cooperation. As you communicate daily with other art education professionals from around the globe, you'll gain insights that you can apply immediately to your job.

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