Graduate-level museum education programs can be found in a range of university departments, and the focus of the museum education program will depend (to a certain degree) on the department in which it is housed. It is not uncommon to find museum education and museum studies programs in art departments, art education departments, and art history departments. However, museum education programs and courses can be also be found in education departments, anthropology departments, cultural studies departments, historic planning and preservation departments, and entertainment and management departments. Many museum education programs are offered through standalone art museums, either in-person or online.
Museum education programs typically require coursework covering the following topics: child development, curriculum development, art history, studio art, and teaching visual literacy. They will also typically require an internship at an art museum. However, some programs are more flexible, and depending on the student's area of interest, he or she may also conduct an internship at a natural history museum, children's museum, living history museum, a musuem of science and industry, or a discovery museum.
Finally, it is important to know that some graduate-level museum education programs offer graduate degrees, such as an MA, while other programs offer only a certificate in museum studies.