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Museum Education & Interpretation


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $633

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This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

In this course, we'll explore the history and types of education in the museum world. You'll learn how to motivate children and adult learners with impactful curricula that aligns with the mission of the museum. You'll develop strategies for planning and managing new program development and docent training. We'll cover how to assess the needs of your audience and evaluate the impact of your educational programming. Expand your competency in museum outreach through interactive assignments that include conducting an interpretation exercise, evaluating museum educational program offerings, brainstorming an immersive learning experience and developing a docent training plan. As a final project, students will propose a museum educational program.

Topics include:

  • Educational program areas in museums
  • Learning styles and theories
  • Children’s programming; working with teachers and content standards
  • Creating powerful curricula
  • Docent training and instruction
  • Interpretation and interactivity in art museums
  • Program evaluation and assessment

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Museum Studies .

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Closed Sessions


Meet your instructor

Tara McCauley

Director of Education, Burke Museum


You'll earn 1.8 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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