The graduate program in visual arts education is committed to providing students with an understanding of art practice as an important source of knowing and engaging with the world and to fostering an approach to teaching art that views the studio as a site of inquiry, artmaking as a culturally and socially situated discovery process, and making and responding to art as inextricable from reflection.
The Master of Science in Art Education (MSEd) degree encourages active participation in professional art education organizations, national conferences, and workshops. As project and course work is completed and new research is developed, students are afforded opportunities to present their findings in student publications and at national conferences and workshops. Students have often undertaken leadership roles in the organization of these events. In this way, the Art Education program fosters and develops a group of peers with whom it continues to work. Many successful graduates maintain interaction with the program as invited speakers in classes and as supervising teachers for our undergraduate fieldwork in the schools.
The graduate program in art education does not lead to Initial teaching certification for people with undergraduate degrees in art studio, art history, or other areas. Prospective students who have earned a bachelor's degree in these areas and who wish to become art teachers may apply as second-degree students to the undergraduate art education program.
The MSEd program is a low-residency program that provides flexibility to students who are currently working or otherwise unable to pursue full-time graduate studies. As a prerequisite for admission, applicants must possess certification for Visual Art PreK - 12 from the respective state. Within the New York State, completion of the degree qualifies students for Professional teaching certification in Visual Art PreK - 12 for those students currently working under Initial art teacher certification. The program also serves students who wish to obtain a master's degree in preparation for doctoral study.