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Degrees > Master of Arts in Art Education, 34 points (MA)

Master of Arts in Art Education, 34 points (MA)

M.A. in Art and Art Education (2 years minimum)
Degree level: MA
Major code: ARTE

Minimum Credit Point Requirement: 34

Program Description

This program is designed primarily for teachers on sabbatical leave, those returning to teaching after an absence of years, artists working in schools, museum and community educators, and other individuals with art education experience who wish to strengthen their theoretical background and earn graduate credit. This 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. Minimum completion time for full-time students is 2 years. There is a five-year limit for part time students to complete the MA degree requirements.

In order to receive an MA Degree in Art Education, students must complete 34 credit points at Teachers College and write a Special Project.

Required Courses

Art Education Required Courses (17 points minimum, 21 points maximum)

Breadth (“Out of Program”) Required Courses (6 points minimum, 9 points maximum)
Students in the MA 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
Depending how many credits students select for each required course, they will have between 4 and 11 points left for electives (to be taken at Teachers College only). Students should consult with their advisors to select relevant elective courses in Art & Art Education and other TC programs.

**Special Project
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.

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 credit points. (Students qualify for most financial aid with 6 credit-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 34 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.

Transfer Credit
Credit points from other institutions may not be transferred into the MA program in Art Education.

The 34-credit point MA does not lead to any form 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 earned at another school or via Individual Path and wish to use their MA degree credits towards 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 with the help of the Office of Teacher Education, following the completion of 3-years cumulative teaching experience.)

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 course work. The program will provide a plan and timeline for remediation so students know the expectation for them to continue in the program. If satisfactory progress is not maintained a student may be dismissed from the program.

Standard policies and procedures

Services for Students with Disabilities: The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities for information about registration (166 Thorndike Hall). Services are available only to students who are registered and submit appropriate documentation.

Statement on Academic Conduct: A Teachers College student is expected to refrain from any conduct, including cheating, plagiarizing, or purchasing documents submitted for academic evaluation, that calls into question his/her academic and/or professional probity. Decisions regarding academic evaluation in all aspects of students’ work at the college, including course work, certification examinations, clinical or field experiences, and preparation of dissertations, are within the sole jurisdiction of the faculty concerned, including as appropriate, the department or program staff members. Disciplinary actions (e.g., reprimand, suspension, or dismissal) in cases of academic misconduct can be imposed by the Vice Provost or the Committee on Student Conduct.

Resolution of Student Academic Program Concerns: Any student who has a concern regarding an academic matter may seek assistance. The procedure for resolving academic program concerns (see note of grade correction process below) begins with either the faculty member (if the concern is related to a course) or the student’s advisor. If the student is not satisfied with the response or resolution achieved at this first level, or if speaking with the faculty member presents a conflict of interest for the student, the student should proceed to speak with the Program Coordinator in the area in which the academic concern resides. If the student is not satisfied with the response or resolution achieved through the Program Coordinator, the student should proceed to speak with the Chair of the academic department in which the academic concern resides. If the student is still not satisfied with the response or resolution achieved through the Department Chair, or if speaking with the Department Chair presents a conflict of interest for the student, the next step is to contact the Office of the Vice Provost. At any stage of the process, students are welcome to seek the advice and guidance of the Ombudsman, who is charged with attempting to informally resolve student dissatisfaction of an academic nature on a completely confidential basis.

Period of Candidacy (Master’s Degrees): Candidates must be formally admitted to a degree program by the Office of Admission. The period of candidacy for the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, and Master of Education is limited to five years. Every candidate for the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, and Master of Education must complete at least 16 points through Teachers College during the final five-year period prior to the award of the degree so as to meet recency requirements.

A candidate may petition the Registrar for an extension of time for adequate reasons if the student has been in attendance in the degree program within the last five years. In such cases, an extension must be recommended by the major advisor and approved by the Registrar. Upon approval, all current degree requirements including the departmental integrative project and at least 16 points to satisfy the recency requirement must be completed. Petitions for extension may be obtained through the Office of the Registrar.

If a student has not been in attendance within the last 5 years and wishes to pursue the completion of the degree, the student must re-apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Applications for re- admission may be obtained from the Office of Admission. Applications for re-admission follow the same processes and standards as those for initial admission. If a student is subsequently re-admitted to a Master’s degree program with a period of candidacy after the expiration of the initial five-year period of candidacy, all current degree requirements including the departmental integrative project and at least 16 points to meet recency requirements must be completed.

Grade Correction Procedure: The instructor for a course has the responsibility for setting the requirements for a course and making an evaluation of students’ work. Once a grade has been given, the instructor is not free to change the grade unless the instructor indicates to the Registrar that an error was made in the original grade transmitted. If a student believes that an error has been made, he/she must take the initiative in bringing about the necessary correction prior to the conclusion of the semester immediately following the semester in which the course was taken. The normal procedure for effecting a correction would be through direct discussion between the student and the instructor. If redress cannot be attained through such discussions, the student may next appeal to the department chairperson of the department offering the course. If resolution cannot be attained through appeal, the student may next appeal to the Dean. In situations where the student feels that such an appeal process might not be in the student’s interest, counsel and assistance can be sought from the Office of the College Ombudsman and the Office of the Vice Provost.

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