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Art Education, M.S.Ed.

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Art Education Graduate Program prepares students for professional certification to teach visual arts in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (PK-12) in New York State schools. This program develops art education professionals who:

  • understand contemporary art and culture and are committed to teaching students in meaningful and critical ways.

  • consider teaching to be a dynamic and continuing process utilizing current media technology.

  • are sensitive to issues of diversity and capable of adapting their teaching strategies to meet individual needs.

  • are encouraged to be active in their professional, cultural, and art communities.

  • are competent in theory, research, and methodology in art and art education.

The Art and Design Department offers graduate studies that lead to a master of science in art education and eligibility to apply for New York State professional certification to teach visual art in grades pre-kindergarten–12 (PK-12). This program requires 30 credit hours of study. Within the required program format, students are encouraged to pursue individualized programs of study.

*Those seeking an art education initial certification, please see our Postbaccalaureate Certification-only Program.

Academic advisers are assigned by the department and must be consulted each semester in order to register for courses and graduate in a timely manner; however, students remain responsible for fulfilling department and college requirements specific to the program.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in a visual art-related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) as well as NYS initial teacher certification in Visual Arts.
  • Writing Sample: a 500-1000 word sample of your best writing on an area pertaining to art education
  • Nationally Normed Exam: Either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) — The scores must be submitted to the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School
  • An interview with the Art and Design Department chair

Requests for exceptions to admission requirements may be directed to the department chair. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (9-12 credit hours)

Content Specialty Courses (15-21 credit hours)
Courses in: Art Education (AED), Fine Arts (FAR), and/or Design (DES) 15-21

General Education Courses (0-6 credit hours)
Select 0-6 credit hours 0-6

Total Credit Hours 30
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated and should be selected under advisement.


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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