The Art Education Program is designed to prepare Undergraduate and Graduate students to teach Visual Art by applying a learner-centered pedagogy that embraces the many dimensions of Visual Art Education. Visual Art is an important subject area that fosters 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative problem-solving. Students in the Art Education Program prepare to become skillful and socially engaged teachers as they develop understandings of how historical and contemporary theories of learning, art, and teaching can be effectively put into practice.
There are four degree programs offered in Art Education. The Undergraduate Art Education Major (BA) and the Graduate-level Post-Baccalaureate (“Post-Bac”) Certification Program both prepare students to qualify for New York State Initial Certification to teach Visual Arts (PK-12). The MAT program offers a rigorous Graduate-level curriculum that includes the requirements for both New York State Initial and Professional Certification in Visual Arts (PK-12). The MSEd program offers advanced Graduate courses to initially certified art teachers pursuing their New York State Professional Certification in Visual Arts (PK-12). Each program is described in further detail below.Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (BA)
The Undergraduate Art Education BA degree program is provided in tandem with the Art Department
in the Division of Arts and Humanities. The program is designed for candidates who are interested in becoming initially certified as Visual Arts (PK-12) teachers in New York State.
Students must be at least second semester sophomores studying Studio Art in the Art Department to begin taking courses in the Education Division. In addition to satisfying the Studio Art major credit requirements in the Art Department (currently 51 credits), students enrolled in the Art Education BA degree program must complete 30 credits in education courses.
Undergraduate students are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their education courses, and the required minimum GPA in the Art Department, to begin student teaching. The student teaching requirement spans two 15-week semesters—one placement in elementary school (grades PK-6) and another placement in middle or secondary school (grades 7-12). To be approved for the first student teaching placement, students need to have completed the following courses: all Basic (Level 1) studio requirements, at least two Art History courses (ARTH 254 or ARTH 255 is a requirement for Art Education majors), five core education courses (refer to ArtED-BA course outline)
, Foundations of Special Education (ECPSE 350), and the first (EECE 333) of the two required art education methods courses. To obtain the second student teaching placement, students must have completed the second methods course (SEYS 365), earned a minimum of “B” in Student Teaching in Art 1 (SEYS 375), and be enrolled in Student Teaching in Art 2 (SEYS 376).
* For the purposes of New York State Initial Certification, students need to satisfy the following: Complete the degree program, Receive Institutional (Queen College) Recommendation in Visual Arts, Take the required seminars and workshops,
Pass TWO New York State Certification Exams (1. Educating All Student (EAS) exam and 2. Content Specialty Test (CST) in Visual Arts), Pass edTPA
Visual Arts, and Obtain Finger Print Clearance. Check for further details and current requirements on the New York State Office of Teaching Initiative website. Graduate Initial Certificate in Art Education (Post-Baccalaureate)
The Post-Baccalaureate (“Post-Bac”) certificate program is a Graduate-level program that is intended for students who would like to complete the institutional program requirements to be recommended for New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts (PK-12).
In order to matriculate into the program, candidates must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree in Art from a certified college or university. This program is also suitable for candidates seeking New York State Certification in Visual Arts (PK-12) that already hold an advanced degree (MA or MFA) in Studio Art. Art Portfolio and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for admission.
Once students have matriculated into the Post-Bac program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all of the Core Education Division courses throughout the 24-credit program. Foundation of Special Education (ECPSE 550) is a separate and required 3-credit course that meets the New York State standards for promoting the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum.
Student teaching is an integral aspect of the Visual Arts initial certification process that spans two 15-week semesters—one placement in elementary school (grades PK-6) and another placement in middle or secondary school (grades 7-12). To begin student teaching, students need to have completed the six required education courses (refer to the ARED-AC course outline), and the first (EECE 533)
of the two required art education methods courses. During the first semester of student teaching, candidates must be enrolled in Advanced Student Teaching in Art 1 (SEYS 575). To obtain the second semester student teaching placement, students must have completed the second methods course (SEYS 565), earned a minimum of “B” in Advanced Student Teaching in Art 1 (SEYS 575), and be enrolled in Advanced Student Teaching in Art 2 (SEYS 576).
In addition to satisfactorily completing the required coursework, students must meet other requirements (refer to section above marked with asterisk* in the Undergraduate program description) to earn the New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts (PK-12). Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Art Education (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to fulfill both New York State Initial and Professional Certification requirements in Visual Arts (PK-12). Admission criteria are similar to those for the Post-Bac program (refer to the section above). In addition, courses, student teaching experience, and other requirements for the Initial Certification portion are identical to the Post-Bac certificate program.
The Professional Certification portion of the MAT degree program includes completing 18 additional credits in Visual Arts Specialization Courses—9 credits from Art History and Studio Art courses, 6 credits from Advanced Curriculum courses in Art Education, and a 3-credit Research Seminar in Art Education. Students may only take the Advanced Curriculum courses and the Research course after completing the Initial Certification requirements of the program. Refer to the MAT course outline