A flexible degree that allows students to pursue their own interests, conduct research, and develop special projects in the field of art education. Designed for current and prospective museum and community educators, teaching artists, school-based art teachers, and others who wish to strengthen their theoretical background. Does not lead to Initial Art Teacher’s Certification (PK-12). Two years minimum.
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(for M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ed.D.C.T. students—not available for M.A. Initial Certification students)
Students may choose to take a Museum Education concentration as part of their 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. The museum concentration consists of four courses selected from the list below, which must be taken in addition to other master’s or doctoral requirements:
Students in this concentration must secure and complete an internship or residency in a museum or gallery, in consultation with their advisor.
Students looking to gain P-12 teaching experience without New York State art teacher certification may complete the Art Pedagogy and Teaching P-12 concentration as part of their degree. This concentration combines courses in 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.
Note: The Art Pedagogy and Teaching P-12 concentration does not lead to New York State P-12 art teacher certification. Students who wish to become certified art teachers should apply to the Art and Art Education Program’s M.A. with Initial Teacher Certification program.
The Art Pedagogy and Teaching P-12 concentration consists of the courses listed below, which must be taken in addition to other master’s or doctoral requirements:
Students in this concentration must complete, as one of their out-of-program courses, a teaching-based course in special education. Students in this concentration must also secure and complete an internship or residency in a P-12 school setting, in consultation with their advisor. Note: Students who wish to also learn how to become clinical supervisors of art teachers in schools must complete, in addition to the courses above: A&HA 4722 Supervised teaching in art education: Elementary, A&HA 4702 Supervised teaching in art education: Secondary, and A&HA 6520 Seminar in clinical supervision in the arts: K-12.
Students may also choose to take a Creative Technologies concentration as part of their degree. This concentration explores and strengthens the relationship between art, technology, and education. The goal is to prepare artists and art teachers to be leaders in educational ecologies that interweave digital tools and creative materials in multi- and cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and playful pedagogies. The state-approved advanced certificate is a 15-credit point offering within the Art and Art Education program.
* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.
Required courses in Art Education (17 points minimum):
Required courses outside the program (6 points minimum): Chosen with advisor approval.
Students in the M.A. program 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.
Additional courses within and outside the Program:
To be planned in consultation with the advisor and in support of individual needs and interests.
Students in this M.A. program are required to complete an advisor-approved integrative project on a theme or research topic arising from their interests.