Art Education- MAT Art K-12
[Installation by Nickole Goyer][Self Portrait by Samantha Spalholz]
Art by: (From left to right) Samantha Spalholz and Nickole Goyer
Sage offers a 30 credit Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Art Education for students pursuing a career as a K-12 art educator. Designed to add breadth and depth beyond an undergraduate fine arts program, the curriculum includes art content courses in which candidates develop a meaningful studio practice while broadening their understanding of art criticism, aesthetics, contemporary practice and global art. Pedagogy, methods and research are taught through education courses, and candidates put their knowledge into practice through fieldwork and internships or student teaching experiences in area schools. The MAT in Art Education program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), is a comprehensive program that combines the concerns of both practice-oriented and research oriented programs. Its purpose is to educate and inspire competent art teachers so they, in turn, can educate and inspire their own students.
Candidates discover connections between their own work as artists and their teaching throughout the curriculum. A philosophy of art education is developed through reflection on personal studio practice and teaching experiences. Candidates refine their planning and teaching skills through fieldwork in an after school arts enrichment program, The Sage All Stars, where they develop a thematically integrated curriculum and teach art to small groups of middle school students. This experience builds content knowledge and develops the confidence necessary for successful student teaching experiences.
Art education candidates complete two student teaching or internship placements (k-6 and 7-12) in area schools, one of which must be a school designated as high needs. Sage is committed to offering our candidates a range of student teaching experiences to develop and sharpen their knowledge, skills and dispositions in the classroom.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree satisfies the academic requirement for initial certification in Art Education (grades K-12). In addition to the degree program, candidates for certification must also complete required NYS Teacher Certification Examinations (visit NYSTCE for additional information), including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) in visual art. Upon satisfactory completion of the criminal background check, submission of the required NYS Teacher Certification Examinations and workshops, submission of the application for certification with payment and including the Sage transcript showing the conferral of the MAT degree, the candidate is eligible for NYS initial teacher certification in Art K-12.
Application and Admission
Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching are expected to have an undergraduate degree in studio art. We believe the most effective art educators bring a high degree of content knowledge to the classroom, so undergraduate coursework in a variety of mediums and techniques as well as art history and advanced studio courses are necessary for success. Those who do not have a major in the discipline but have completed a degree in a related area or have completed a minor rather than a major in the discipline may apply to the program and additional coursework will be identified to assist the candidate in developing the equivalent of a major in the certificate area. The requirements for admission include official transcripts with a 3.0 in the major, two satisfactory letters of reference (one from a professor in the discipline), a career goals statement, an interview with an advisor and a portfolio review.
The application for admission to Sage Graduate School may be found online or may be requested by mail by calling SGS Admission at 1-888-VerySage or 518-292-8615. When applications are complete, including portfolio review and interview, the file is forwarded to the Esteves School of Education for a recommendation regarding acceptance.
A provisional admission is offered to students who meet most of the admission requirements but who may need to complete additional undergraduate requirements or pre-requisite courses. Candidates who do not meet the admission requirements but who show promise may be invited to complete coursework that will allow them to build a record of achievement that will support admission to the program. For further information regarding these decisions and options, prospective candidates should contact the M.A.T. program advisor Prof. Kelly Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications for the MAT in Art Education program are accepted for Fall only. Applications are due by August 1st.
Digital CD Portfolio for Admission
Digital portfolios should include 12-20 pieces which demonstrate competence with a variety of mediums and show evidence of advanced work. Portfolios must be submitted in CD form with an accompanying image list including applicant’s name and date, medium, and dimensions of each image. Contact Kelly Jones (email@example.com) to schedule a review or for more information.
Candidates in the MAT in Art Education program have classes on both the Troy and Albany campuses of The Sage Colleges. Education and research coursework is completed on the Troy campus, while art content courses are completed in Albany, with access to the Opalka Gallery and the Art and Design Building studio spaces. Candidates participate in a group exhibition of studio work each spring in the Little Gallery on the Albany campus.
Program of Study
The program of study outlines the candidate's program requirements, including undergraduate coursework and pre-requisite courses as well as the courses and internship/student teaching required for the MAT degree.
Each candidate accepted to the program is expected to return a signed program of study. Click here to see a copy of the program of study.