Art and Art Education MA Initial

Master of Arts with Initial Visual Art Teacher Certification

Designed for those who wish to teach art in a school setting. Involves carefully selected coursework in art education theory and pedagogy, plus and a year-long student teaching practicum, essential for securing jobs in public and independent schools. Leads to Initial Art Teacher’s Certification (PK-12).

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Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 40
  • Entry Terms: Fall


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  • NY State Initial: Visual Arts Pre-K-12

Application Deadlines

Entry Term AvailablePriority DeadlinesFinal DeadlinesExtended Deadlines
FallJanuary 15, 2024July 1, 2024N/A

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Application Requirements

 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
 Supplemental application required (included in online application)
 Academic Writing Sample
 Portfolio required (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.

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Required Courses in Art Education (34 points):

  • A&HA 4079 - Exploring cultural diversity: Implications for art education (2 points)

  • A&HA 4080 - Artistic development of children (2 points) with co-requisite A&HA 4281 Field observations in art education 1 (1 point)

  • A&HA 4081 - Curriculum design in art education (3 points)

  • A&HA 4085 - Historical foundations of art education (2 points)

  • A&HA 4087 - Processes and structures in the visual arts (2 points)

  • A&HA 4088 - Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood (2 points) with co-requisite A&HA 4281 - Field observations in art education 2 (1 point)

  • A&HA 4089 - New media, new forms (2 points)

  • A&HA 4860 - Cross-cultural conversations in the arts (1 point)

  • A&HA 4102 - Challenging thinking: Plan lessons (3 points)

  • A&HA 4702 - Supervised student teaching in art education: Secondary (3 points)

  • A&HA 4722 - Supervised student teaching in art education: Elementary (3 points)

  • A&HA 4202 - Fieldwork in art education - (0 points, with corequisite Supervised student teaching)

  • Three studio courses (2 points each)

Required courses outside the program (6 points):

Students in the M.A. degree  leading to New York State Initial Teacher Certification must take six (6) points offered outside the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College. Any course that does not start with A&HA qualifies as an out-of-program, or breadth, course. Students pursuing teacher certification must earn three (3) credits in a Special Education course (required by the NYSED for certification) as part of the out-of-program requirement. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires that applications for Initial Teacher Preparation take and pass non-curricular certification exams.


Members of each student teaching cohort are also required to attend student teaching seminars, participate in resource workshops on documenting and evaluating their practicum teaching, and mount a Macy Gallery exhibition combining their own artwork with that of the pupils taught during their practica. Note: To be certified by New York State, there are additional requirements. Please see below and consult the Office of Teacher Education website for details.

Certification Information

To gain Initial Teacher Certification students must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements, including two terms of student teaching and 3 credits in Special Education.

  2. Get fingerprinted through the New York City Department of Education.

  3. Take NY State examinations. 

  4. Complete NYSED Workshops: Child Abuse and School Violence Workshops. 

  5. Complete Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.

  6. Students will receive all pertinent information to complete items 1-5 in the Supervised Teaching Seminar.

  7. Must maintain a grade of B- or better in all Art and Art Education courses.

  8. Complete workshops: Child Abuse and Identification and Reporting Training; School Violence Intervention and Prevention Training; Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training

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