The Art and Art Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University is dedicated to preparing art educators, teacher educators, and leaders in visual arts education. Our curriculum is designed so you can teach and lead programs wherever you go, whether that’s in a P-12 classroom, a museum, a community art center, a university, or beyond. Our dedicated studios—from drawing and painting to sculpture and new media and digital technologies—allow you to actively create art while you continue your studies. In fact, all of our degree tracks require studio work. We believe it’s in the studio that you develop new ways seeing, experiencing, and responding to the world allowing you to expand your expertise in teaching others to do so as well. This focus on the studio as teaching laboratory distinguishes our program within Teachers College Columbia University, one of the leading graduate schools of education in the world.
The Art and Art Education program offers:
The faculty of the program are experienced practitioners who will work closely with you to design the individual program that meets and supports your particular needs and goals. We offer three optional concentrations for all of our degrees, except the M.A. with P-12 art teaching certification (Initial Certification). View the tabs below for our optional concentrations or contact us directly, and we will be happy to help.
You may choose to take a Museum Education concentration as part of your degree. This concentration explores the art museum as an educational institution, introduces students to object-based teaching and learning, and offers an overview of educational programs in museums throughout New York City.
Are you looking to gain P-12 teaching experience without New York State art teacher certification? Complete the Art Pedagogy and Teaching P-12 concentration as part of your degree. This concentration combines courses in the artistic development of children and adolescents, curriculum development, studio-based practice with applications for teaching, cultural diversity in art teaching and learning, and special education, along with a school-based art teaching internship.
You may also choose to take a Creative Technologies concentration as part of your degree. This concentration explores and strengthens the relationship between art, technology, and education. The goal is to prepare you to be a leader in educational ecologies that interweave digital tools and creative materials in multi- and cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and playful pedagogies.