Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Marianne Betkouski

Third Advisor

Dr. David Jacobsen


An art teacher currently acquires professional training through one of two schools: the department of education or the department of fine arts. Do the differences in training of the art teacher affect the quality of learning experiences provided in the secondary art program? A questionnaire was designed to survey the type of professional preparation of the teacher, as well as specific aspects of his or her art program. The survey was mailed to 85 secondary art teachers in the surrounding area. Surveys returned were grouped according to background: teachers having a degree in education and teachers having a degree in fine arts. Item scores for the responses were then tabulated for both groups and subjected to t-tests for significant differences in group mean scores. The resulting information revealed differences for the majority of the survey items, which suggest that the quality of learning experiences are in part affected by professional training of the art teacher.