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

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Program Heads

Office Hours
Jiesamfoek, Herman Art Education Program Coord. and Graduate Deputy 718.951.5205 James Hall, Room 2307c hjiesamfoek @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call Early Childhood Dept. (x5205) for hours


Admission Requirements

Department Early Childhood Education/Art Education
Fall Application Deadline August 1st - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
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.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

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).

6. Certified teachers applying for program option A, please submit a photocopy of your New York State or other state teaching certificate.

1. 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 http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php

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 http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/education/certification/fingerprints.php, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at HSpencer@brooklyn.cuny.edu
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


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 degrees in art education. For students who already hold a master's degree in art or related discipline, we offer an Advanced Certificate in teaching art (See Brooklyn College Bulletin). 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):

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

(b) 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 Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
33-45 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. The department Chair may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Students must complete 15 credits in content area (art) courses in consultation with their program advisor. 9 of these credits are mandatory in ARTD studio courses, of which 3 credits could be completed in art history. The remaining 6 content area credits (electives) can be completed in any of the following ARTD or ECAE courses, museum education courses, cross- and/or interdisciplinary arts courses, and/or media arts courses: ART 7003G, 7007G, 7011G, 7015G, 7019G, 7023G, 7026G, 7033G, 7036G, 7039G, 7043G, 7051G, 7056G, 7061G, 7064G, 7068G, 7072G, 7082G, 7086G , 7091G, 7097G, 7100G, 7135G, 7138G, 7142G, 7146G, 7150G, 7151G, 7154G, 7076G, 7078G, 7156G, 7157G, 7158G, 7159G, 7160G, 7165G, 7170G, 7175G, 7180G. 7183G, 7185G, 7190G, 7193G, 7194G, 7196G, 7198G, 7199G, 7210X, 7220X, 7250T, 7310X, 7311X, 7410, 7420X, 7421X, 7510T, 7520X. 7521X, 7550T, 7560X, 7610X, 7611X , 7710T, 7720X, 7730X, 7740X, 7810G, 7820G, 7821G. 7905G, 7970X, 6210T, ECAE 7540T, 7546X, 7539T, or another content area course selected in consultation with their advisor.

Students must complete 18-30 credits in education courses in one of the options below.

Option A (18 credits)

Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching art must complete
Early Childhood Education and Art Education 7506X, 7507T, 7526T, 7530T, 7533T, and one of the following: Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education 7671X, Secondary Education 7671X, 7527T, 7503X, 7549X,/Theater 7141X, Early Childhood and Art Education 7100T, 7101T, 7102T, 7104T, 7105T, 7106T, 7652T, 6002T, or another course selected in consultation with their advisor .

Option B (30 credits)

Students who wish to pursue teaching credentials but 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 Early Childhood Education and Art Education 7506X, 7507T, 7520T, 7526T, 7530T, 7533T, 7538T, 7542T, 7543T, 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 Education and Art Education 7104T, Environments for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children with Special Developmental and Learning Needs, or Early Childhood Education and Art Education 7652T, Teaching Young Children with Special Needs through the Arts.

Students who already have a master's degree but wish Initial or Professional Certification in teaching art must take appropriate courses for the Advanced Certificate in Art Education as described in the Graduate Bulletin.

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.
3.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, instruction, and assessment.

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.