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MOORE’S One-of-a-kind MA in Art Education

Update as of April 2020:

Due to the evolving circumstances around the COVID-19 public health epidemic, Moore College of Art & Design staff and faculty have monitored the situation closely with regards to all summer academic programs. This includes the Master of Arts in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations summer term, which marks the start of the 2020–2021 academic year for students enrolled in this program. 

Due to the uncertain timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. For the time being, this means finding alternative methods for academic instruction until future guidelines dictate otherwise. 

As a result, our summer 2020 MA in Art Education classes will shift to a virtual/online format for both continuing and new graduate students and will begin as scheduled, with Orientation on Monday, June 22 and the first day of classes on Tuesday, June 23.

As continuing students know, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Moore shifted to remote and virtual learning for the remainder of the undergraduate and graduate 2019–2020 academic year, beginning on March 23, after a week of training for faculty. Art Education faculty members have helped lead the way in preparing their colleagues for remote instruction during this time, having had years of experience with the format, and will bring their expertise to the coming summer term. 

It is important to note that this shift is temporary and that Moore’s MA in Art Education summer term will take place on Moore’s campus in 2021. We encourage those still thinking about joining us this June to contact us at in order to discuss how we can help you find your place in this one-of-a-kind Art Education program. We know this remote term will be as engaging and academically rigorous as always and will uniquely situate students to thrive in online learning environments for special populations. 

For those who are graduating from the program this summer, a festive celebration and farewell for graduating MA students is planned for the conclusion of the summer term. We will monitor public health guidelines and developments over the next few months and will be in touch with any necessary updates about logistics for this event. 

We will continue to send updates over the next few weeks with follow-up information regarding courses and additional summer term plans. We look forward to seeing you online on June 22! 


The Master of Arts in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations is a rigorous program that trains and empowers art educators to develop skills for adapting and implementing strategies that enrich the lives of all learners.

Our candidates develop and test innovative techniques through their action-based research in a field setting, while critically assessing art education policies and documenting the study of contemporary art education issues for diverse learners. Our candidates graduate prepared to advance the development of art education.

100% of our MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations graduates 2017 and 2016 are employed in their field of study or enrolled in a Doctoral program.

Lauren Stichter Headshot


Growing up I found my academics to be very challenging. I struggled even to complete High School. Like many of my students now, I did not fit the “one size fits all” education system that we find ourselves in today. However, I always felt successful in the art room. Not because I was the best artist, but because my art teacher chose to celebrate every effort that I made to express myself. In these small moments of celebration my art teacher encouraged me to take risks in other areas of my studies, even though I was terribly afraid of failing. Over time, I found that pushing through my fear of failure was my greatest success of all.

And we all have students like this in the art room, don’t we? Whether we have students with IEPs, or special accommodations, or whether these needs are hidden from us, as art educators we desire to have an art room that offers a safe and engaging art making experience for all of our students.

Here at Moore College of Art & Design, through our Master of Arts in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations program, we pride ourselves on offering the only program in the country that equips its graduates with the knowledge, research, strategies and skills to make art accessible to everyone.

Our highly trained and experienced faculty are looking for candidates who are curious about what they see happening in their art room and have a sense that something better is possible, and who are bold enough to do the work that needs to be done to enrich the lives of all of our students. When our students research and write their theses, they are making substantial contributions to the field of art and special populations. Their investigations become the research on which art educators will build their curriculums and advocate for change in the classroom.

At Moore you will also develop an incredible network of peers and colleagues to glean from and collaborate with, and I take great pride in the fact that our program has a 95% employment rate.

I believe that art education plays a vital role not only in our schools and community programs, but in our society at large. Art is the language that all people speak. It cuts across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers.

Come and join me for this one of a kind experience. Let’s expand the field of art education together.

Lauren Stichter, MEd, Arcadia University, Faculty and Graduate Program Director