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Museum Education

About the Program

Philosophy

The program prepare graduates to find their places at the cutting-edge of the interesting and varied field of museum education. Museum educators are helping their museums find new roles in fostering community, addressing social issues, and providing forums for multiple views and voices. Museum educators design and conduct programs for toddlers, families, policemen, doctors-in-training, parolees, those with dementia and more, and they facilitate lifelong learning by teaching visitors make their own connections and meanings. Museum educators serve on exhibition development teams, work with community groups, create in-museum and Internet learning resources, conduct in-person and distance learning programs, and direct departments and museums.

Overview

The Master of Arts (MA) in Museum Education is designed for those interested in pursuing careers in art, history, science, and children's museums. The two-year, eleven-course program is flexible enough to accommodate students' needs and interests. Each student takes five required museum studies courses, including a supervised museum internship, two required education courses, and four electives relating to the discipline of the student's area of interest.

Museum Education

The Certificate Program is designed for recent college graduates, career changers, and those who currently work in museums. Courses teach new skills and address current trends in the field. Students take four courses and an internship, and although this program does not lead to a master's degree, courses taken as a certificate student can be applied to the master's program in Museum Education if the student is admitted into the MA in Museum Education program.

Objectives

  • Understanding of museum issues in the 21st century across the spectrum of museum types, and familiarity with all aspects of museum operations and how they support audiences and collections
  • Understanding of learning and human development theories that influence museum education practice
  • Ability to assess the various needs, preferences, and learning levels of multiple museum audiences
  • Ability to interpret primary and secondary sources, including visual and material culture, quickly and critically and to reshape it, through exhibitions, public programs, school programs, new media, and written materials, for a variety of audiences
  • Basic knowledge of the discipline of the museum field of choice (such as art history, American history, science, natural history, etc.)
  • Ability to plan and implement museum-school and public programs from concept, curriculum development, budgeting and marketing to teaching and evaluation
  • Understanding of the importance of evaluation and basic skills in designing and conducting evaluation studies
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences at different learning and reading levels
  • Ability to advocate for an idea, project, or program to colleagues, donors, and funding agencies
  • Application of skills and knowledge gained through coursework to the real-world setting of a museum