Following this curriculum does not guarantee entry into the Master of Art Teaching (MAT) Program. Prospective MAT students must meet all MAT admissions requirements.

This certificate may be earned either on a part time or full time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified on the Graduate Admissions policy page. Specific graduate admissions requirements can be found on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Admissions requirements page.


Students must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-ARTL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.


AVT 595Introduction to Art Teaching and Learning3
AVT 691Elementary Art Education3
AVT 692Secondary Art Education3
EDRD 501Literacy in Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education3
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
AVT 695Internship in Art Education (Student Teaching) 15
AVT 696Internship in Art Education Seminar 11
Total Credits21

Prior to internship, student must pass: Praxis II, VCLA, technology and child abuse standards to receive placement for student teaching.

All Licensure Certificate students will receive ongoing evaluations by the art education faculty to determine their readiness for student teaching.

In addition, applicants who did not take equivalent undergraduate courses will be required to take AVT 180 New Media in the Creative Arts (Mason Core), art education endorsements, plus any additional studio or art history course work to meet Virginia licensure requirements.