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Art Education, M.A.

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NY State Program Code: 24640
HEGIS Code: 0831.00
CIP Code: 13.1302

This program may now be taken in a fully online format. At this time we are not able to offer students in Arkansas and North Carolina the opportunity to participate in any of our fully online programs. 

(34-37 Credits)

Courtney Weida, Program Director
Harvey Hall - Room 225
p – (516) 877-4105
f – (516) 877-4097
e – cweida@adelphi.edu

The goal of the Adelphi M.A. in Art Education is to develop art educators who can understand artistic development across the lifespan and the relationship of the sensory and kinesthetic domains to art making, awaken and support the exploration of ideas, feelings, experiences and materials, appreciate the role the arts can play in opening cross cultural understandings, and maintain a lively commitment to their own artistic practice. The Adelphi program of study in art education includes foundational courses in art education philosophies and theories of learning and development in the visual arts. These major courses are supplemented by courses in child and youth literacies and classroom environment/management. Students also select from an array of studio and exploratory arts courses. Studio courses include painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, book arts, fiber, and more. Exploring the Arts courses include creative movement, creative speech, creative dramatics, healing arts, educational theatre, Waldorf educational approaches, women in art & literature, creative writing, museum education and art & special education. Beyond the foundational courses and studio electives, students explore curriculum design and assessment, undertake small-scale art education research in the capstone masters seminar, participate in a capstone gallery exhibition and finally complete student teaching. Opportunities for fieldwork and professional development within schools, museums, galleries, community settings, and other spaces of art education are infused throughout the program.

This is a program for candidates who do not currently hold certification in visual arts education. Qualified candidates certified in areas other than the visual arts may enroll in this program in order to earn a second certificate and fulfill the graduate degree requirement for professional (permanent) certification in both areas. Candidates applying to this program are expected to have an undergraduate major or the equivalent in the visual arts. Upon application to the program, candidates’ undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated for appropriate visual arts and liberal arts course work required under New York State regulations. Any deficient course work must be completed prior to the final student teaching semester. The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education does not waive the student teaching requirement.

In addition to the application essay and two letters of recommendation, the graduate program in Art Education requires applicants to submit to the Office of Admissions a visual arts portfolio.

The portfolio should contain 15- 20 images demonstrating competence in one area of specialization, as well as breadth of studio experience in other media. Images should be submitted on a CD, with appropriate file names and a slide list indicating: Your name, Title (if applicable), Date, Size/Dimensions, and Medium. The portfolio will not be returned.

Graduates from Adelphi’s B.F.A. are waived from this admissions requirement. Recent graduates (2004 to the present) from Adelphi’s B.A. in Art are also waived from the portfolio requirement. All candidates waived from the admissions portfolio requirement are expected to meet with an Art Education advisor during their first semester of graduate study to share their visual arts portfolio.

Candidates who currently hold visual arts certification should contact artedma@adelphi.edu for more information about this program.

Requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education

Students are no longer required to attend a fall orientation. Courses are three credits unless noted otherwise.

Year 1

Year 2


Candidates not required to student teach add 3-credit studio art or exploring the arts elective.


In compliance with NYSED regulations, this program requires a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork in schools prior to student teaching.

In order to be certified as an art educator in New York State, students must achieve passing scores on the NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examinations).

Students must apply for student teaching by the following dates:

For a Fall placement: February 1
For a Spring placement: June 15

For courses involving fieldwork hours, students should note priority deadlines for fieldwork placements: Fall course work is April 1 and Spring course work is November 1

Important deadlines and dates for student teaching meetings are posted outside the office of School and Community Partnerships, Harvey Hall, room 111.

Additional Graduation Requirements - D A S A Training

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