Art Education

Master of Science Degree in Art Education Pre-K – 12
Initial Certification and Professional Certification

The primary goal of the program in art education is to train competent art educators. The program focuses on proficiency in the theoretical subject matter, including philosophy and history of art education, the application of developmental theory, the nature of the creative process, and the technical skills necessary to using art media. Our students are expected to have a firm grounding in the history of art, studio art, aesthetics, and art criticism. The art educator is expected to be a practitioner of these proficiencies in the classroom and in the daily life outside the classroom. The art educator is deeply committed to all aspects of art and the creative process and equally committed to engendering enthusiasm for art and the creative process in young people.

Our art education program aims at the development of expressiveness through the visual arts and an understanding of the role the visual arts have played socially and historically. Our students are expected to develop a working knowledge of the philosophical and historical development of the profession, be competent to apply developmental theory to a diverse student populations, and able to incorporate a variety of learning styles.

Each program is approved by the New York State Department of Education and fulfills academic requirements for NYS Initial Certification in Art Pre-K-12 or Professional Certification in Art Pre-K-12. The Initial Certification program is designed for students who have a strong background in studio art (at least 36 credits) and who desire to enter the teaching profession. The Professional Certification program is designed for students who hold Initial Certification in Art and desire to earn the master’s degree in art education in fulfillment of academic requirements for Professional Certification and for those with art education teaching experience. The Initial and Professional Certification program will take three semesters of full-time study or four semesters, Summer Session I and II or two years of part-time study.

Art Department facilities consist of specialized studios for drawing, painting, silk screen, graphic design, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and computer graphics. Exhibit halls are located in the Mooney Center. Studios are available for students enrolled in courses using those studios, whenever classes are not in session and on non-holiday weekends. A model classroom is used to simulate the teaching environment.

General Course Requirements
Students complete most of their degree programs by taking courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Elective and some required courses are also offered during Intersession, two Summer sessions and the August Graduate Institute. Students plan their programs accordingly with the assistance of his/her faulty advisor. Note that the degree cannot be completed by taking only summer coursework.

Division Office: Chidwick Hall 204,  (914) 654-5279,
Program Advisor: Patricia St. John, Ed.D., ATR-BC, LCAT, Chapel Hall G-2,  (914) 654-5280