Rochester Institute of Technology

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Art Education (Visual Art-all grades) MST

Program Overview

The MST in art education (visual art-all grades) leads to initial/professional New York state certification in visual arts for grades K through 12. This certification allows applicants to teach in New York state public schools. The program features pedagogical studies, studio inquiry, and student teaching. The program prepares students to meet the national, state, and regional need for teachers of the visual arts and is designed for accomplished art educators and advocates for art and learning in all grades. The program is nationally accredited and is for teachers in art education who hold a BFA or BA (art major) degree. Classes begin each September and conclude in May. Graduates of teacher education programs at RIT have a 96 percent pass rate on the NY State Teacher Certification examinations.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science for Teachers
  • Art Education (Visual Art-all grades)

Enrollment

  • Approximately 8-15 full time students

Salary Information

MST:       $59,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • The purpose of the Masters of Science for Teachers, (MST Visual Arts – All Grades) is to offer a unique graduate experience that prepares students to meet the national, state and regional need for excellent teachers of the visual arts in grades K-12. This graduate program provides students with an environment that nurtures and promotes a creative approach to teaching the visual arts. The curriculum builds upon the model of an Art Educator as an artist-researcher-teacher. We are a nationally accredited program
  • The MST program integrates inquiry into: studio practice, research and teaching.
  • Students develop an in-depth knowledge of teaching methodologies and materials used in art education, differentiation and multicultural responsive and responsible best practices.
  • Fieldwork, practicum and student teaching experiences develop a deep understanding of:  knowledge of students, meeting the needs of many different learners, curriculum, instructional strategies, technology, multicultural issues, classroom management, assessment, studio practice and how to create positive learning environments.

Accreditation

TEAC & NASAD accredited

Equipment & Facilities

State-of-the-art equipment, technology and studio facilities that support course work and research.

Training / Qualifications

Art Teachers who work in public schools must have a four-year degree.  They must also complete an approved teacher education program and be licensed.  Depending on the state, once they secure a teaching position, teachers may then be required to receive their master’s degree in education within five years.   Art teachers also need to have supervised practice teaching experience.

Job Titles

Art Teacher, Art Instructor, Art Specialist, Art Professor, Arts and Crafts Instructor, Arts Administrator, Education Director, Lead Teacher

Significant Points

  • Public School Districts (elementary and secondary), Private/Charter Schools (elementary and secondary), Museums and Galleries, Adult and Community Programs, Recreation Centers, Summer Camps, Educational and Consultant Companies.
  • Many of our graduates are teaching the arts at all levels across the United States and many here in our local communities. We have above average job placement results. Additionally we have graduates teaching internationally in Asia and South America.
  • Our graduates are dedicated and passionate teachers, who also work in museums and galleries, exhibit their work, publish nationally acclaimed books for children, and initiate community outreach programs.
  • Graduates have also gone on to complete additional advanced degrees in Art and Art Education.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Public School Districts (elementary and secondary), Private/Charter Schools (elementary and secondary), Museums and Galleries, Adult and Community Programs, Recreation Centers, Summer Camps, Educational and Consultant Companies
 
Many of our graduates are teaching the arts at all levels across the United States and many here in our local communities. We have above average job placement results. Additionally we have graduates teaching internationally in Asia and South America. Our graduates are dedicated and passionate teachers, who also work in museums and galleries, exhibit their work, publish nationally acclaimed books for children, and initiate community outreach programs. Graduates have also gone on to complete additional advanced degrees in Art and Art Education.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Art Education (Visual Art-all grades) program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.

Morgan Faas, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301