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Art Education

Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education

with K-12 Art Teaching Certification


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Belmont's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program provides a graduate-level, teaching certification option for those students who have completed a BA or BFA Studio Art degree. Please note: BA Art Minors with more than 20 hours in specified art studio and art history areas will also be considered for admission to the program. 

Students explore the pedagogical considerations and possibilities of teaching art through a program of tandem art education/general education course offerings and progressively designed field experiences. This program of studies culminates in a semester-long student teaching field practicum.

Belmont is proud of its proven record of excellence in teacher preparation, and many of our graduates who have remained in the Nashville area now serve as mentor teachers for the field experiences of our BFA Art Education students.

The MAT Art Education program is jointly offered through the Watkins College of Art and School of Education; candidates should apply for admission to the program through the School of Education.

Belmont University's teacher education programs meet the state educational requirements for educator licensure in the state of Tennessee. Teacher candidates who complete an educator preparation program at Belmont but wish to teach in another state will need to apply for licensure in the intended state. The state of Tennessee has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement which provides reciprocity in other states. For more information about the process of becoming a certified teacher in a state other than Tennessee, contact the state department of education or state educator professional licensing board in that state.

The following link lists member states of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement who have signed reciprocity agreements with Tennessee.