Advanced certificate in art education
HEGIS code 0831
NYS SED program code 36856

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Admission Requirements

Department Early Childhood Education/Art Education
Fall Application Deadline April 15th
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:

1. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. Personal statement explaining why you are choosing to become an art educator.

5. 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).


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at .

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please read the instructions in the link, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2023 semester.
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Department Requirements (24 credits)

The Advanced Certificate in Art Education (24-credits) is a path leading to an initial or professional teaching certificate for students who already hold a Master's degree in art or an appropriate discipline, or an MFA. The curriculum consists of education courses, field experiences, 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. This program is open to both Masters and MFA students.
By completing this Advanced Certificate program, students will learn about integrating multiple perspectives of teaching art by understanding human functioning and development across art education (PK-12) domains, and culture.

Matriculation requirements:

Entrance requirements for acceptance include an earned graduate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants must have completed a graduate degree in art or related field. Additional courses may be required prior to admission to remedy any deficiency in a prospective student's ability to meet matriculation requirements. 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.
General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Program Requirements:

The 24-credit Advanced Certificate requires nine sequential courses:
ECAE 7506X Projects in Creative Art for the Classroom, 3 credits
ECAE 7530T Diverse Classrooms in a Visual Culture, 3 credits
ECAE 7507T Critical Issues in Education--Social Values and Individual Needs, 3 credits
ECAE 7533T Advanced Seminar in Pedagogy and Curriculum, Middle Childhood and Adolescence Education: Art, 3 credits
ECAE 7538T Seminar l in Pedagogy and Curriculum: Art, 3 credits
ECAE 7542T Art Education Student Teaching Practicum 1, 1.5 credits
ECAE 7520T Teaching Seminar II in Pedagogy and Curriculum, 3 credits
ECAE 7543T Art Education Student Teaching Practicum II, 1.5 credits
CBSE 7671X or SEED 7671X Children and Youth with Special Needs, or ECAE 7104T Environment for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Special Needs; 3 credits

The department Chair may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

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 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 student-teaching or completing the degree program.

Throughout student-teaching, students complete the Art Education program-specific performance assessment, which involves submitting video clips of teaching and lesson plans along with commentaries on planning and instruction.

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.

Note. Students not seeking certification must schedule a meeting with the Graduate Art Education Program Coordinator to set up an alternative transition point plan during their initial semester.