Art Education, MAT

  • Robert Yi
  • Art and Design Building, 2010
    4400 University Drive, MS IC3
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • 703-993-9617

Program Overview

The School of Art offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education which is for students that have already attained an undergraduate degree but are seeking Virginia licensure to teach K-12 Visual Arts in public schools. This graduate Art Education program is designed to meet the needs for preparing future teachers as well as advancing pedagogical and research skills of current art educators in the metropolitan DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. The MAT Art Education Program produces highly qualified art teachers who have been recognized nationally and state-wide as outstanding art educators. MAT students are participants at both the regional and nation-wide art conferences.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


The MAT Art Education program offers student’s unique opportunities for enriching teaching and learning experiences.  We hold annual events such as the Art Supervisors Roundtable, a panel discussion on hiring processes, and the Real Art of Teaching, where graduate alumni return to Mason to share their accounts of the real-world art classroom. The program invites national and regional guest speakers who offer current pedagogical and research skills as well as current best practices. There is the possibility to get involved with the NAEA Student Chapter to help organize community outreach events, guest artist/teacher workshops and excursions to area museums. The program offers many teaching opportunities in the Saturday and Summer Art programs in Collaboration with the Potomac Art Academy as well as Lorton Workhouse Summer Art’s Camp.