Program Details

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

Program Heads

Office Hours
Jiesamfoek, Herman Graduate Deputy 718.951.5205 2401a James Hall hjiesamfoek @ Call/Email to make an appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Education, Early Childhood And Art Education
Fall Application Deadline March 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions: official 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).

Certified teachers applying for program option A, please submit a photocopy of your New York State or other state teaching certificate.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79


The art education program at Brooklyn College is committed to preparing quality art teachers (K-12) who are skilled makers of art, insightful observers of visual culture, 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 master of arts degrees in art education. For students who already hold a master's degree in art or related discipline, we offer a non-degree teaching certificate. The curriculum consists of education courses, field experiences, a sequence of art studios 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 School of 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 history and studio or basic- design courses, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and drawing and painting, sculpture and crafts, and other advanced 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 or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; 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 in all grades; 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. Also, although not mandatory as a requirement for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit scores on the New York State teacher certification Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) as evidence to support the application.

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 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

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
30-46 credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete Art 7310X, 7520X and 7610X.

Students must complete 6 additional credits in studio art or art history courses.

Students must complete 18-31 credits in courses in the School of Education.

Students take different education courses and sequences of courses depending on their previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold.

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 in addition to courses in Groups II and III, below.

Students pursuing Initial Certification in teaching art must take Secondary Education 7503X, Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum; Childhood 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 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 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.

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