By studying art education, you’ll become a teacher who:
- Is knowledgeable about art history and the theory and practice of drawing and design
- Recognizes teaching as a dynamic and continuing process of development and growth
- Teaches students about art in meaningful and critical ways
- Respects individual student differences and adapts teaching strategies appropriately
- Understands and uses current technology and media in the classroom
- Understands and promotes the value of art in society
More than 75 faculty members in five departments—art education, fine arts, design, interior design, and art conservation—contribute to Buffalo State’s Visual Arts program.
Because art education majors take fine arts and design courses in addition to art education courses, students develop a broad, diverse understanding of both art and the theory and practice of art education. School districts across the United States value Buffalo State art education graduates for the scope and depth of their education.
The 30 credit hour Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) program, which provides credentials for professional certification in art education from NY State, broadens the undergraduate program in art education. Students may gain more extensive experience in a studio area or hone skills in curriculum and assessment development. Courses in content specialties are combined with core courses culminating in a project or thesis.
Completing the 36 credit hour Post-baccalaureate teacher certification program means the student has met all educational requirements for initial teaching certification from the New York State Education Department, including student teaching experiences. The student must then meet additional certification requirements, including passing the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE). No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.
In addition to art education, content specialties may include art history, fine arts or design studio courses, museum education, and art therapy.