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Art and Art Education


Master of Education in Art and Art Education

2 Years Minimum
Minimum Credit Point Requirement: 60
Degree level: EdM
Major Code: ARTE

Degree Description
This degree is designed for individuals seeking a high level of specialist achievement in art education. The EdM is also designed for practitioners who wish to acquire more advanced research skills as a basis for future doctoral study. The EdM degree responds to a diversity of professional interests and offers considerable flexibility in course structure. Students may complete this program on a full-time or part-time basis. Students in the EdM Program may choose one of three concentrations: Administrative-Supervisory, Museum Education, and Community Arts. Students may also work with their advisor to devise their own concentration.

Minimum completion time for full-time students is two years. There is a five-year limit for part-time students to complete the EdM requirements. In order to receive an EdM Degree in Art Education, students must complete 60 credit points at Teachers College and they must write a Departmental Special Project (Master’s Thesis).

Required Courses

Art Education Required Courses (28 points minimum, 37 points maximum)

Breadth (“Out of Program”) Required Courses (6 points minimum, 9 points maximum)
Students in the EdM must fulfill TC’s “breadth requirement” by taking three (3) courses offered outside Art and Art Education at Teachers College. Any course that does not start with A&HA qualifies as a “breadth” or “out of program” course. Each of these courses must be taken for at least two (2) credit points.

Elective courses
Students should consult with their advisors to select relevant elective courses to complete the 60 required credits. These courses may be taken from the Art and Art Education Program and other TC programs (see list of courses in the TC catalog or online). Students matriculated in a particular concentration—Administrative- Supervisory, Museum Education, and Community Arts—should refer to the “Concentrations” section below.

**Special Project (Thesis)
Students in the 34-credit point MA Program must complete a Special Project to graduate. Therefore, students are required to enroll in the Master’s Seminar, where they develop a proposal for their Special Project. Visual Arts Research and one section of Research/Field observations are required prerequisites to the Master’s Seminar; students may not register for the Master’s Seminar unless they have received a grade for Visual Arts Research. Students should take the Master’s Seminar once they have completed approximately 24 credit points in the Program. Students with grades of Incomplete in any previous course will not be allowed to register for the Master’s Seminar.

The Special Project is completed in the Advanced Seminar, which is taken the term following the Master’s Seminar.

Students must complete the proposal for the Special Project in the semester they take the Master’s Seminar, and they must complete the Special Project itself the subsequent semester in the Advanced Seminar. The Program is not in a position to provide master’s research advisement to students who do not complete their Proposal or Special Project within this structure and timeline. If, for exceptional circumstances, a student is unable to complete the Proposal or Special Project in a timely manner, he/she may be given the option of completing this work on his/her own, without advisement. This option will be offered after a Program review of the individual case, during which specific deadlines will also be determined. Students will submit the finished proposal and/or Special Project for Program review by the agreed-upon deadlines. If a student’s work is not approved during this review, he/she will have the option of resubmitting one more time only.

Field Experience
All students in the EdM are encouraged to complete some form of independent study/field experience as part of their program. This could include an internship in an arts organization, a special project in a school, work in a museum setting or a specially-designed research or evaluation study. For students in the Museum and Administration-Supervisory concentrations, field experiences are required as part of the work load.

Course Load and Program Timeline
Students must plan their schedules carefully, as some courses are only offered in the Fall (F) semester and others in the Spring (Sp). Some courses are offered in Summer (Su) session A and/or B as well. A full-time course load at TC is considered to be 12 points (students qualify for most financial aid with 6-point course loads).

When courses are offered for variable credit points, students can decide how many points to take (more points imply a heavier out-of-class workload). Students are responsible for making sure they meet the 60-point requirement when all courses are added up.

Minimum completion time for full-time students is two years. There is a five-year limit for part-time students to complete the MA degree requirements. Part-time students should select courses in consultation with their advisors.

The 60-credit point EdM does not lead to any form of Teacher Certification. Please also note the individual evaluation pathway for the first Initial certificate in all other titles offered by New York State is only available to candidates who apply, pay and meet all requirements for the Initial certificate before May 1, 2014. Students who already hold an Initial Teaching Certificate gained at another school or via Individual Path and wish to use their EdM degree credits to gain Professional Certification must apply for it directly with New York State. (Students who gained an Initial Teaching Certificate through TC can apply for a Professional Certificate through the Office of Teacher Education, following the completion of 3-years cumulative teaching experience.)

EdM Concentrations

Students enrolled in the Administrative-Supervisory concentration are required to complete 6 course points in the Department of Organization and Leadership and/or Program in Educational Administration, 9 course points in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, and 6-course points in the Department of Arts and Humanities (see EdM Supervision and Administration check sheet for specific courses). In addition, students must complete A&HG 6021 Seminar: Administration and Supervision of an Arts Program and an approved arts administration and supervision internship, as well as satisfy the remaining requirements for the EdM degree.

Museum Education
Students enrolled in the Museum Education concentration are required to complete the following four Museum Education courses (for other course options, consult your advisor):

In addition, students in this concentration must secure and complete an internship or residence in a museum or gallery (in consultation with their advisor).

Transfer Credit
Up to 30 credits may be transferred from other institutions into the EdM program in Art Education. Interested students must request a transcript review from the Registrar’s Office. When credits are transferred, students must still complete all course requirements, even if this takes them over 60 points.

Teaching Certification
The Master of Education Program does not lead to teaching certification. Please note that the Individual Path to certification currently offered by New York State will no longer be available from February 2012.

Statement on Satisfactory Progress
Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements. Program faculty will review each student’s progress annually. Where there are concerns about satisfactory progress, students will be informed by the Program faculty. If a student is performing below expectations he/she may be required to complete additional coursework. The Program will provide a plan and timeline for remediation so students know the expectations for their continuance in the Program. If satisfactory progress is not maintained a student may be dismissed from the program.

Standard policies and procedures

For more information on our different master’s level degree programs, please download the Master’s Student Handbook.