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Master of Arts in Art Education

The low-residency Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) at Stephen F. Austin State University is designed for working arts educators who wish to continue teaching while pursuing a graduate degree in Art Education. Within a cohort of art education peers, graduate students investigate contemporary concepts in arts education, strengthen studio skills, explore innovative practices, and lead the way to a more creative art classroom experience.

For information contact:

Dr. Bill Nieberding
Phone: 936.468.6467

Dr. Maggie Leysath
Phone: 936.468.4262

MAAE Low-Residency Program Overview

The candidate must earn a minimum of 30 hours for the M.A. degree in Art Education. The degree is offered with two options. The low-residency Master of Arts in Art Education at Stephen F. Austin State University is designed to accommodate the professional educator’s schedule. As an MAAE student, your studies begin on the SFA campus during the first summer session in June, where you connect in-person with art education peers to form a close-knit cohort. Your coursework continues online through the remainder of summer and the full-length fall and spring semesters. You and your cohort return to the SFA campus to complete your in-residence coursework the following summer. Completion of the degree requirements include an exhibition of your artwork on campus* during summer II, followed by the second fall semester in which you produce an article suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. To ensure your success, professors from the School of Art remain in constant contact though all phases of your MAAE coursework.

Candidates must earn a minimum of 30 hours for the M.A.A.E degree in Art Education. At least 15 semester hours are required in art education and associated areas. A minimum of nine semester hours of graduate art education courses must be taken in residence at SFA.

Please note: This program does not prepare candidates for a K-12 art teaching license. Those interested in pursuing teacher certification should apply to the Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification (PBIC) program at SFA.

*alternate gallery space may be used for an MAAE student’s final exhibition with approval of both SFASU Art Education faculty or approval of one faculty member and the director of the SFA School of Art.


For full consideration to the low-residency Master of Arts in Art Education beginning summer I term, submit all application materials by May 1.


To be accepted in the M.A. in Art Education program, a student must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin and meet or exceed the School of Art and program admission requirements. For details on admission to the Graduate School, visit the SFA Graduate School online.

Incoming students must have a current art teacher certificate or 45 semester credit hours in art, 12 of which are in art history. Students who do not meet these requirements may be admitted only if they agree to do leveling work to achieve these requirements. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and 3.0 GPA in the major field to be granted clear admission.

Application Process

Applicants should apply through ApplyTexas at the following link:

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After completing their ApplyTexas, application candidates must submit the following:

To the SFASU Graduate School:

Graduate School
Liberal Arts North (Dugas) Room 425
PO Box 13024, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Phone: 936.468.2807
Fax: 936.468.7369

  • Official transcripts from the school(s) granting the undergraduate degree and any post baccalaureate coursework
  • GRE Scores

To the SFASU School of Art:

School of Art
College of Fine Arts
Stephen F. Austin State University
Box 13002, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3001
Phone: 936.468.4804
Fax: 936.468.4041

  • Three recommendation forms for admissions, at least one of which must be from a school administrator or participating professional and/or major professor in an art-related field.
  • Letter of intent. Indicate your major interest and career goals, with specific reasons for obtaining an Master of Arts in Art Education (maximum two pages).
  • Personal artwork portfolio: Submit 12 images of your artwork (disk, thumb drive, online link or online folder). Each artwork should include title, date, medium and dimension descriptions. These images should reflect current ideas and directions in your work and need not show the entire range of your media.
  • Student Artwork: Submit 12 images of your student’s artwork (disk, thumb drive, online link or online folder). Each artwork should include title, date, medium, dimensions and student grade-level descriptions. A brief description of the assignment or prompt directing the artmaking for each image should also be included.


The SFA School of Art Education Review Committee reviews application packets. It takes two to four weeks for faculty to review applications. If your application is not complete by the deadline, it may be updated for entry in a following semester.

Time Limit

Due to the sequential nature of the coursework, it is strongly recommended that students complete all coursework within the two summers plus one fall semester. The suggested curriculum for students at this link (MAAE Suggested Curriculum) outlines the courses students should take to complete their degree within this time frame.

Students must complete all requirements for the degree within six years of admission to the program.