M.A. Online

Community Arts Option

Eastern Illinois University

24 months
785 USD/credit 12167 USD/year
785 USD/credit 12167 USD/year
327 USD/credit 5068 USD/year
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The Master of Arts degree in Art, Community Arts Option program at Eastern Illinois University provides individuals interested in community arts education with professional development for the teaching of art in multiple settings.


Audiences for the Community Arts Option program at Eastern Illinois University include artists, community workers, education text authors, museum educators, arts center educators, elementary teachers, special needs teachers, and other professionals.

This option does not lead to licensure. Professionals may choose to complete their masters over two years by taking courses online during the fall and spring semesters, and art history courses online and studio art courses on campus for two summers or take courses as their other professional commitments allow.

Key Features

Benefits of this online program include the following:

  • The online courses allow you the opportunity to continue to work as a professional and earn the MA in Art, Community Arts Option.
  • You are not limited by geographic proximity to EIU.
  • The tuition costs for taking EIU online courses are the same for residents and non-residents of the State of Illinois.
  • Studio courses are designed as one week of immersive work at EIU followed by independent work at home.


The Department of Art Eastern Illinois University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation of Art Education
  • Assessment & Curriculum Design in Art Education
  • Research Methods in Art Education
  • Art, Culture, & Community: Alternative Sites for Art Education
  • Creative Technology in Art Education
  • Independent Study in Art Education

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  • Provide an official transcript verifying the degree, grade point average and date of degree completion.
  • Verify licensure in art education.
  • Meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Have a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or have a 2.75 GPA for the last 60 hours of graded academic work. Course work taken as a post-baccalaureate student may be considered in the computation of the GPA.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from principles, supervisors or others who can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional performance.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12167 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12167 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5068 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 327 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • Per Credit Hour


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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