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The Museum Education Program, founded in 1974, was the first graduate program focused on preparing professionals for advancing the museum’s primary mission as an educational institution serving the broadest possible public. Graduates hold leadership positions in art, history, and science museums; botanic gardens, aquariums, and zoos; historic houses, parks, and cultural sites; as well as professional associations, government agencies, and academic institutions. With a thriving national and international network of alumni and strong ties with museums locally and across the country, the Museum Education Program is recognized as a source of professional excellence, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of museums as learning environments that foster a civil society and promote justice.
The project-based curriculum emphasizes transferable competencies and informed decision-making, with classroom instruction closely tied to practice through partnerships with museums and field placements. Students progress as a cohort through four semesters, with seven core courses and two electives, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching after 14 months. While in an academic setting, the Museum Education Program emulates the profession in creating a community of practice infused with the principles of collaboration through which individual students’ learning is multiplied by their classmates’ learning. Outcomes for every project, each course, and the entire degree program are clearly articulated. Students emerge as reflective practitioners, with a commitment to contributing to the field as active change agents.
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