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Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST degree

Lauren Ramich, Graduate Director
(585) 475-7562, larfaa@rit.edu

Program overview

The MST in visual arts–all grades (art education) 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 August and conclude in May. Graduates of teacher education programs at RIT have a 96 percent pass rate on the NY State Teacher Certification examinations.

Curriculum

Visual arts-all grades (art education), MST degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. 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
  CIAS Studio Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

 

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college with a major concentration in art, art education, or industrial arts education.
  • Submit a portfolio.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives, including why the candidate is interested in earning an MFA, the selection of RIT for the MFA degree, and professional goals to be achieved.
  • Submit an artist’s statement explaining the intention behind the portfolio.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.



Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The MST in art education 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 purpose of the MST is to offer a unique graduate experience that prepares students to meet the national, state, and regional need for teachers of the visual arts. The program 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.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

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

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Psychology 4
  Education 16
  Methods and Materials in Art Education, Seminar in Art Education, Practice Teaching Studio Electives 28
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

Art education (visual art-all grades), MST degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. 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
  Graduate Studio Elective 3
ARED-890 Graduate Seminar in Art Education 6
ARED-711 Professional Practices 3
ARED-790 Student Teaching 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MST program in art education, 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 54 quarter credit hours (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.