MAT Masters in Arts in Teaching

MAT I is a pre-service graduate degree that prepares students with a BFA, BA  or equivalent  for PreK-12 art licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


MAT Masters in Arts in Teaching

MAT II is a graduate program designed for Pre-K-12 licensed art teachers who currently hold an undergraduate degree in art education and are interested in obtaining a graduate art education degree for further professional development.

AELC Licensure

AELC Licensure Certificate

The art education licensure certificate is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those who currently hold a graduate degree in art-related fields along with those who want a more immediate entrance into the art teaching profession.

Where Teaching Becomes an Art

George Mason’s Graduate Art Education Programs are designed to meet the need for preparing future, highly-qualified art teachers as well as advancing pedagogical and research skills of current art educators in the metropolitan DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Our goal is to foster the development of innovative and effective teaching skills and best practices that foster meaningful visual literacy in all students, pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. All Graduate Art Education Programs at George Mason University include:

  • Exciting Art Education facilities in an award-winning building
  • An outstanding faculty providing mentoring in studio art, art history, education and art education
  • Partnerships with numerous Washington, DC area art museums and cultural institutions

We appreciate your interest in Graduate Art Education Programs at George Mason and invite you to submit an Art Education Inquiry form. Select your chosen program to find the Inquiry Form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Important information for all potential applicants:

If you are in need of additional preparation for the math portion of the Praxis Core Exam, the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason is offering a workshop. The following is a direct link to the offerings by the college.