As befits the number one school of education in the United States, Teachers College has a proud history of prestigious faculty both in general and in Art and Art Education specifically. Given the Program requirement to take courses from other areas within the College and from Columbia University itself, students can expect to meet faculty drawn from a variety of academic and artistic fields.
For the most part, the faculty combines teaching with research, writing and studio practice; faculty members also serve in administrative capacities within the college and as consultants to arts agencies in the US, Asia and Europe.
Faculty members are active in the field of arts education; they exhibit work, publish, and speak frequently at conferences, symposia and meetings nationally as well as internationally. From time to time, visiting faculty from the United States and overseas join the program while on sabbatical or to teach specific courses.
The student body exemplifies a diverse mix of ages, races, background, and experience, and draws from a demographically and ethnically varied range of individuals. Most students entering the Program in Art Education bring with them high-level professional experience gained from work in the United States and overseas.
The Students of the Program
Many students have been teachers, museum educators, or school or university administrators; other students have had careers in studio practice or advertising, media, and technology while others have worked in government, community or social service, and the corporate sector. The diversity in background, experience, and expertise adds richness and range to everyone's course of study. Not infrequently students visit each other’s homelands and often act as conduits to new career openings and jobs.
AlumniAlumni(ae) of the Program in Art and Art Education at Teachers College have found employment in many and diverse settings. Graduates assume positions in private and public schools, post-secondary institutions, museums, state and federal arts and education agencies; they work in media and technology, human service and community agencies, research and consulting firms, administration, development and consulting in the public, private and international sectors. Click here for a list of Alumni(ae) teaching full-time in higher education.
In addition, the Program has prepared students who have made distinguished careers as painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramic artists, college teachers, and researchers. Moreover, the field of art education in the United States and overseas numbers many leading practitioners and writers of seminal influence whose formative background includes degrees from Teachers College.