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Special Admissions Requirements

Art Education (PK-12; Certification Only)

This program is for students who have already earned a B.A./B.F.A. degree in one studio area and are interested in earning art teacher certification.

The art education postbaccalaureate certification program offers a course sequence meeting the educational requirements for certification. Students are expected to complete the required sequence, and are responsible for any additional certification requirements established by the New York State Education Department, Teacher Certification Division, including the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, and the Child Abuse and Classroom Violence Seminars.

In order to be eligible for the program the applicants must:

  1. Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the program, which includes fine arts, design and art education coursework.
  2. Submit a completed SUNY application
  3. Submit a portfolio.

Art Education (PK-12), M.S.

  1. New York State Initial certificate for teaching art.
  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major area of study, or a combined score of 1,000 on the verbal/quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. An interview with the Art Department chair.

Variances to these prerequisites may be appealed to the department chair.

Advisement: Advisers are assigned by the department. They should be consulted at all decision points. Students, however, remain responsible for knowing and fulfilling department and college regulations specific to the programs that are housed in the department.


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Art and Design Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Upton Hall 402 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032 •  Fax: (716) 878-4231