12 months
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
543 USD/credit 16290 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education (MAT I) at George Mason University is a pre-service degree program that prepares students with a BFA degree or equivalent for PreK-12 art licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Using a studio-based approach to art education and working closely with area public school systems, the Art Education degree at George Mason University consists of 30 credits of graduate art education, school practicum experience, studio work, and pre-service teaching internship and seminar.

Key Features 

  • The School of Art is founded on the premise that art both reflects and inspires a creative society, improving the human condition while describing the world, both as it is and could be. We focus on the role of artists in that conversation. 
  • We encourage students to see art both as an individual expression and public interaction. We celebrate historical reference, current relevance and experimentation-emphasizing innovative ways of thinking that enhance the impact of art on the future of society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues and Research in Art Education   
  •  Two-Dimensional Art Making and Differentiated Instruction   
  •  Three-Dimensional Art Making Across Cultures
  • Elementary Art Education   
  • Literacy and Curriculum Integration
  • Secondary Art Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • College Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Goals Statement: One-page essay that describes the applicant's intent for applying to the MAT program.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a college professor. 
  • Interviews will be scheduled with qualified applicants after review of the admissions application.
  • Completed Endorsement Worksheet to verify state required program prerequisites have been met.
  • Portfolio
  • Portfolios will be submitted through SlideRoom. The link to SlideRoom will be provided to you when you apply.  You will be able to submit your portfolio via SlideRoom after you have received your GNumber from the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Contact CVPA Graduate Admissions if you have any questions.
  • Portfolio must include 15 to 20 images that reflect artistic breadth and depth, including drawing skills of the applicant's art. All portfolios must include title, date, medium, and size of each work.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    16290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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