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Housed within the Department of Art in the School of Fine & Performing Arts, the Art Education Program is a vibrant community of dedicated professors and students involved in creative work and independent scholarship. The program is contemporary in its approaches to best practices in curriculum and theory.

Our majors share studios and equipment with Fine Arts majors and are taught by the Department of Art's internationally renowned . Many of our students pursue dual baccalaureate degrees in Fine Art and Art Education, or minor in Art History, making them more marketable when they enter the job market.

Art Education faculty are nationally recognized scholars with expertise in areas including technology, teaching students with disabilities, community arts, and cognitive approaches to teaching and learning. Our faculty have many years of community and classroom teaching experience and are committed to socially relevant art education that is deeply informed by contemporary art practices. 

Faculty continuously update the Art Education Program with a critical eye to reflect emerging thinking in the field. We have developed a strong learning community where faculty and students' experiences are enriched by meaningful and supportive relationships. Faculty work closely with students to promote social inclusivity, critical thinking, and social responsibility. As advisors, the faculty guide students with care and attention to help them achieve success.

The Art Education Program at SUNY New Paltz continues to meet students' future needs in an increasingly demanding profession. By embedding the new certification and evaluation criteria in our core courses, they will be best prepared for their student teaching experiences and their futures as art educators.

Prior to student teaching, students complete 100 hours of fieldwork in art education settings. As part of this, students have the opportunity to assist Art Education faculty in the SUNY New Paltz Saturday Arts Lab.

Graduate Program

The Master of Science in Visual Arts Education Program challenges new and experienced art teachers to use their studio and teaching practices as sources of reflective, critical, and original research. Students clarify their research methods in studio practice, contemporary and historical ideas, issues in artmaking, and effective art pedagogy within a dynamic community of inquiry. Research in contemporary art and pedagogic practices leads Art Education students to develop curricular approaches that engage learners in meaningful, critical, and current art content. The program's focus on art studio and pedagogical research in the visual arts results in a focused body of artwork and a publishable work of scholarship.

All individuals possessing certification in PreK - 12 Visual Arts are invited to apply to the program. We especially encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. The MSEd in Visual Arts Education satisfies New York State public school art teachers' education requirements for Professional Certification, as well as advancement requirements in many other states, and prepares students interested in doctoral study for further graduate work.

The program is a low-residency summer program, offering an alternative for students who seek a rigorous and focused graduate program in visual arts education but who cannot pursue full-time graduate studies during the academic year. The innovative blended-learning curriculum combines on-campus and online course work to provide students with an exceptional balance of dialogic interaction, studio production time, and the flexibility to maintain professional commitments. Students are on campus for two consecutive summers working full time. During the academic year, students enroll part time in online classes in the Fall and Spring semesters and attend one winter intersession retreat on campus.

For further information, please review the graduate section of our Web site, or contact the Art Education Program offices at (845) 257-3850 or visit us at: 

Saturday Arts Lab

Beginning Fall 2013, the Saturday Arts Lab in the School of Fine & Performing Arts will begin its first program in Art Education. Courses are hands-on and activities are designed to stimulate creative problem finding/solving and critical thinking in a supportive and inclusive learning environment. The Saturday Arts Lab is a learning community that encourages innovations in curriculum development, approaches to creative and expressive artistic development, and instructional methods and design.


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