The University of Memphis Department of Art offers a BFA in Art Education and post
degree licensure options, including an MAT in Art Education. This masters degree program
leads to a K12 teaching license for the Visual Arts and meets all the requirements
and competencies issued by the Tennessee State Department of Education.
Students must provide evidence of a range of visual art accomplishments prior to qualifying
for admission to this M.A.T program. Candidates with a BFA degree in studio fields,
such as painting or sculpture usually have the most appropriate coursework needed
to begin the program. Students with extensive experience in drawing, design and other
creative visual activities and/or work experience may also have fewer hours of needed
preliminary work. Upon completion of all degree requirements, including student teaching,
and all testing (PRAXIS) requirements, students may apply for initial teacher licensure
The program provides students with the specific professional education knowledge and
skills necessary for teaching art to students in kindergarten through grade twelve.
The program includes coursework in comprehensive art education and teaching methods
for diverse populations. Some courses have fieldwork in local school settings and
community cultural institutions.