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Art & Art Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Master of Arts in Art and Art Education

Minimum Credit Point Requirement: 34

2 Years Minimum
Degree level: MA
Major code: ARTE

Degree 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 all 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 a Special Project.

Required Courses

MA Degree 2017


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 on 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 and 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, in 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 require 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 all 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 of Teacher Certification. 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 through 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 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. 

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