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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.


Art education (visual art-all grades), MST degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARED-701 Child Development in Art 3
ARED-702 Inclusive Art Education 3
ARED-703 Multicultural Issues 3
ARED-704 Methods in Teaching and Learning 3
ARED-705 Methods II Studio Thinking 3
ARED-711 Professional Practices 3
ARED-790 Student Teaching 9
ARED-890 Graduate Seminar in Art Education 6
  Graduate Studio Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MST program in art education (visual art–all grades), candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in an art field from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, with a major concentration in art, art education, or industrial arts education,
  • Have a minimum of 36 semester credit hours in drawing, painting, design, or the crafts. If the applicant holds a BA or BFA degree and seeks the MST degree in visual arts, the undergraduate program must have adhered to the studio course distribution required by the New York State Department of Education.
  • Complete a graduate application.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Art Teacher


K-12 schools

Recent Employers

Rochester City School District, Buffalo School District

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