Art Education (Pre-K-12), M.A. Program

This program is designed for students who seek a Master's degree leading to initial New York State certification in teaching Art, Pre-K-12. (Previously certified students interested in professional certification should seek the M.A. in Studio Art.) Candidates have two advisers: the Graduate Adviser in the Art Department and the Art Education adviser in the School of Education. Candidates are required to enroll in the Education sequence of courses immediately upon entry into the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having attained a minimum grade average of B in the undergraduate record as a whole and an average of B in courses most relevant to the graduate discipline.
  • Have earned at least 33 undergraduate credits in Art. This total must include one 3-credit survey course in Art History and 6 additional credits in Art History.
  • Each applicant must submit a graduate-level portfolio of recent work consisting of 15-20 digital images in JPEG format that is accompanied by an image script, which details the Title, Size, Medium and Date of each image. The portfolio should demonstrate an area of focus.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from college instructors.
  • If conditionally admitted, students must make up not more than 12 credits of specified undergraduate coursework, starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.
  • Submit scores on the appropriate New York State teacher certification examinations.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to finish 45 credits (18 credits in Art / Art History and 27 credits Education / Art Education) as follows:

Required Studio Art and Art History Courses from the Art Department (18):

ART Three ART courses in Studio Art


ART 746Masters Project


ARH Two ARH courses in Art History


Three ART courses in Studio Art: At the 700-level chosen in conjunction with the Graduate Art Adviser.

Two ARH courses in Art History: Chosen in conjunction with the Graduate Art Adviser.

Required Education Courses from the Department of Middle and High School Education and the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education (27):

ESC 501Psychological Foundations of Education


ESC 502Historical Foundations of Education: A Multicultural Perspective


ESC 506Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings


ESC 529Language and Literacies Acquisition in Secondary Education


EDE 716Learning and Teaching Art in Childhood Settings: Grades 1 to 6


ESC 714Teaching Art in Middle and High School


ESC 735Curriculum, Research and Current Issues in Art Education


ESC 596Student Teaching in the Middle and High School Grades


ESC 612Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching


ESC 506: Or Equivalent.

EDE 716: Prereqs/coreqs waived.