M.A. degree program in education: art teacher (all grades)
HEGIS code 0831
NYS SED program code 26751

Program Heads

Office Hours
Louis, Linda Acting Program Head 718.951.5205 2307a James Hall llouis @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call/Email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Early Childhood Education/art Education
Fall Application Deadline Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; two letters of recommendation; resume; personal statement explaining why you are choosing to become an art educator. Submit a portfolio with images that demonstrate a working knowledge of a variety of media in addition to your specialty (10 to 15 images or a CD of art work). GRE required.
Certified teachers applying for program option A, please submit a photocopy of your New York State or other state teaching certificate.

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79
Examinations GRE General Test


Program Description
The art education program at Brooklyn College is committed to preparing quality art teachers (PK-12) who are skilled makers of art, insightful observers of contemporary developments in the arts, and articulate advocates for art education in public and independent schools. For students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in either art or art education, we offer two paths to a master of arts degree in art education. For students who already hold a master's degree in art or related discipline, we offer a non-degree Advanced Certificate in teaching art. The curriculum consists of education courses, field experiences, and arts courses that are scheduled to accommodate students who have family and/or professional responsibilities. Most students complete the program in two years, however individuals are free to set their own pace for progressing through the program.

The courses required by the program in art education vary depending on the entry qualifications of students. The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the program coordinator of art education for current degree requirements.
Matriculation requirements:
Applicants must offer at least 30 credits in art and design courses, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and other advanced arts courses acceptable to the program in art education.

Applicants must offer (a) or (b) or (c):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching art for all grades;

(b) courses in education that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching art PK-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 days or 300 hours of student teaching of art in all grades, or one year of full-time teaching of art in all grades.

(c) an undergraduate degree with a major in art or appropriate course work in art.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate scholastic index of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the program coordinator of art education and the chairperson of the Early Childhood and Art Education Department.

Applicants are required to demonstrate written proficiency in English. International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 575 on the paper-based test or 233 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of their art work.

Applicants must consult matriculation requirements for the program in art education in the School of Education section of the Bulletin, and should see the program coordinator for art education for counseling.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements
33-46 credits are required for the degree.
Students take different art and education courses depending on their previous course work, artistic experience, and the certificates they hold.

Students must complete ARTD 7310X, 7520X and 7610X. Students must complete 6 additional credits for a total of 15 credits in studio art or art history courses.

Students must complete 18-31 credits in courses in education.

Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching art must complete 15 credits in Group II and 3 credits in Group III, below.

Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching art or equivalent course work and teaching experience or who are teaching but do not possess Initial Certification in teaching art must have the appropriate course work and credits in the subject area and must complete the appropriate courses in Group I, II and III, below.

Students pursuing Initial Certification in teaching art must take Secondary Education 7503X, Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum; Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education 7671X, Children and Youth with Special Needs, or Secondary Education 7671X, Children and Youth with Special Needs, or Early Childhood and Art Education 7104T, Environments for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children with Special Developmental and Learning Needs, or Early Childhood and Art Education 7652T, Teaching Young Children with Special Needs through the Arts in Group III.

Students who already have a master's degree but wish Initial Certification in teaching art must take appropriate courses for the Advanced Certificate in Art Education in Group I, II and III below, as determined at the time of matriculation by the program coordinator of art education in the Department of Early Childhood and Art Education in the School of Education.

Group I:
Early Childhood and Art Education 7538T, 7542T, 7520T, 7543T.
Group II:
Early Childhood and Art Education 7530T, 7507T, 7533T, 7526T, 7506X
Group III:
One of the following: Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education 7671X, Secondary Education 7527T, 7503X, 7549X/Theater 7141X, Secondary Education 7671X, Early Childhood and Art Education 7100T, 7101T, 7102T, 7104T, 7105T, 7106T, 7652T, 6002T, 7540T, 7546T, 7539T.

Students must obtain fingerprinting clearance:
Fieldwork or student-teaching in an early childhood setting requires students to be fingerprinted by New York City Department of Investigation or Department of Health. Fieldwork/student-teaching in a public school requires students to be fingerprinted by the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE); See SOE website for more information.

Maintain matriculated status:
Students must have taken and passed the following NYS exams at the specified transition points:
1. CST-Visual Art section: prior to student teaching;
2. The Educating All Students (EAS) exam: prior to completing the degree program;
3. Throughout student-teaching, students complete and submit their final NYS certification exam, the Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA), which involves submitting video clips of teaching, and lesson plans along with commentaries on planning, instruction and assessment (see SOE website for additional information).
A student must complete student teaching with a B or higher, students who receive a grade lower than a B must apply to the ECAE chairperson for permission to reregister to repeat student teaching. Students will be allowed to repeat an ECAE course (including student-teaching) only once.