Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) Master of Science for Teachers Degree
Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education)
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Overview for Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST
When does an artist become a teacher? The MST in visual arts-all grades (art education) prepares you to teach the next generation of artists and to create art experiences while honing your own artistic skills.
An Accelerated Visual Arts Education Program
RIT's art education master's degree is an accelerated visual arts education program. You will get a year of hands-on experience that will heavily mirror your life as an art educator. The program prepares you for a teaching career by embedding certifications and job placement support right into the curriculum. You will work with regional schools to find the best fit for your personality, talents, and teaching goals.
RIT's Art Education Master's Degree
In the MST degree, you'll complete course work in:
- child development in art and education,
- differentiated learning techniques for effective instruction in the diverse learning needs of all students,
- a range of perspectives on multicultural issues in the visual arts and education fields,
- the process of teaching art in the school classroom, including curriculum development and student assessment, and
- explore a range of perspectives on contemporary theories in art and education.
In addition, you will complete a student teaching practicum designed to provide you with in-depth pedagogical experiences, real-world challenges, and rich learning opportunities.
RIT's art education master's degree 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 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 RIT's MST degree have a 96 percent pass rate on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.
RIT undergraduates qualify for a tuition scholarship when they choose an RIT Master’s program.
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Careers and Salary Info
Typical Job Titles
|Art Teacher||Art Instructor|
|Art Specialist||Art Professor|
|Arts and Crafts Instructor||Arts Administrator|
|Education Director||Visual Arts Educator|
Salary and Career Information for Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST
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Curriculum for Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST
Visual Arts-All Grades (Art Education), MST degree, typical course sequence
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Child Development in Art
In this course students will investigate and study the topic of child development in art and education. Students will explore a range of perspectives on developmental theories; the creation, and understanding of children’s art and meaning making; and approaches to teaching art to children in a Birth-12 setting. Resources from the areas of art, psychology, sociology and art education will be investigated. Projects will include the development of a case study, relevant readings, research and studio activities, and collaborative research. Students will be expected to complete weekly reading, writing assignments, conduct research and field experience, and to participate in weekly discussions. This course has a field experience component of 20 hours. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Inclusive Art Education: Teaching Students with Disabilities in the K-12 Art Classroom
Art Educators are expected to be able to understand the diverse learning needs of all students. Students in this course will discover how to adapt their own curricula and collaborate with special needs teachers to help students succeed in the art classroom. Through course work and field experience students will build a foundation of knowledge for working with children and youth with special needs. Students will develop new instructional strategies for making visual art more accessible for students with exceptionalities and a plan to incorporate accessibility strategies into their daily teachings. In a seminar format, the students realize the course objectives through participatory means. Students are expected to write critical essays, conduct research and field experience, and to participate in weekly small and large format discussion groups. Online technology is utilized in addition to lectures, videos, and other forms of media. This course has a field experience component of 20 hours. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Multicultural Issues in Art and Education
This course will explore a range of perspectives on multicultural issues in the visual arts and education fields. Course content will cover making connections with contemporary multicultural art, the implementation of lesson plans based on multicultural issues for the art education classroom, and an examination of curriculum and policy issues. Students are expected to write critical papers and essays, develop curriculum resources, and to participate in weekly discussions. This course has a field component of 20 hours. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account** (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Methods in Teaching and Learning
This course will explore the process of teaching art in the public school classroom at the Elementary level. Theories and practices relevant to teaching and learning in visual art will be addressed. Projects will include: lesson-planning, unit planning, classroom management, investigating new technologies, urban education, and action research. In addition, students will focus on human development, teaching students with disabilities and multiple intelligences, and assessment processes. This course has a field experience component of 20 hours. (This course is restricted to VISART-MST students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Methods II: Studio Thinking
This course explores the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and the assessment of learning. Students are introduced to process and procedures for developing curriculum, and assessing student learning in the art classroom, specifically at the secondary level. An emphasis is placed on a studio-thinking approach to teaching and learning. Students will explore innovative and creative approaches to curriculum design. Pedagogical knowledge is developed and extended through artistic practice and meaning making in lesson and unit development. This course compliments the course: Methods in Teaching and Learning. This course has a field experience component of 20 hours. (This course is restricted to VISART-MST students.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Professional Practices in Art Education
This course will focus on the development of professional practices for entry-level art educators who are involved in their student teaching practicum. Projects will include presentations, relevant readings, assessment practices, mock interviews, case studies, visiting speakers, and preparing materials for applications in the field of art education. Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments. Goals for excellence in teaching and State and National standards are investigated and addressed. (Prerequisite: ARED-704 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
The student teaching practicum is designed to provide the student teacher with in depth pedagogical experiences, real world challenges, and rich learning opportunities. Two student teaching placements are arranged for each student for the duration of 6-7 weeks each. Full-time involvement at the school site is required. The Student Teacher will be under the guidance of experienced mentor teachers and college supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Students are assigned a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor for each setting. A Student Teaching Handbook is provided. Students are required to meet state and national standards when teaching. Unit and work sample preparation, instruction and assessment are required. Online technology is utilized in addition to lectures, video and other forms of media. (Prerequisites: ARED-702 and ARED-704 and ARED-705 or equivalent courses. Co-requisites: ARED-890 or equivalent course.) Studio 28 (Spring).
Graduate Seminar in Art Education
This course will explore a range of perspectives on contemporary theories in art and education, making connections with theory, meeting state and national standards, and reflecting on pedagogical experiences to address the overall goals of the program. Students focus on the following areas to meet New York State Education Department requirements and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Programs standards: content/subject matter knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, teaching skills, curriculum development, assessment and professional skills. The development of a teaching portfolio occurs in conjunction with a capstone project and exhibition. This course requires the student to complete 20 field experience hours, which will complete their required 100 hours. (Co-requisite: ARED-790 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
CAD Studio Elective
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Admissions and Financial Aid
This program is available on-campus only.
|Offered||Admit Term(s)||Application Deadline||STEM Designated|
Full-time study is 9+ semester credit hours. Part-time study is 1‑8 semester credit hours. International students requiring a visa to study at the RIT Rochester campus must study full‑time.
To be considered for admission to the Visual Arts–All Grades (Art Education) MST program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete an online graduate application.
- Submit copies of official transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, including any transfer credit earned.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree (or US equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
- A recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
- Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
- Entrance exam requirements: None
- Submit a portfolio. View portfolio requirements.
- Writing samples are optional.
- Submit English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic), if required. Details are below.
English Language Test Scores
International applicants whose native language is not English must submit one of the following official English language test scores. Some international applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver.
International students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Each program requires balanced sub-scores when determining an applicant’s need for additional English language courses.
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Cost and Financial Aid
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The visual arts–all grades program maintains Initial Program accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The program's most recent CAEP accreditation approval was spring 2021. Reporting outcomes and student achievement data are available for review.
December 15, 2022
Graduate students create family visitor kits for George Eastman Museum
Students in the visual arts-all grades MST program packaged together tangible props that allow children and families to more deeply engage with exhibits at the world-renowned photography and film museum.
December 3, 2022
RIT students work with local students at community arts event
WHEC-TV features a community art event hosted by students in RIT's visual arts–all grades (art education) master's program.
June 2, 2022
Printmaking workshop showcases innovative processes of visiting artists
Twelve renowned printmakers took up residency at RIT for the one-week Artist Print! event, which culminated in an exhibition and auction of monoprints created by the artists.