Become an Art Teacher with a Master’s in Art Education

The MAT program in Art Education leads to New York State Visual Arts Certification, pre-K through 12th grade.

Some Art Education master’s degree candidates come directly from bachelor’s degree programs; others are changing careers.

It is possible to complete the 30-credit master’s in Art Education program in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Our goal is to educate and inspire artist-educators so they, in turn, can educate and inspire their own students.

MAT in Art Education Classes

Art content courses explore art history, criticism and aesthetics, multiculturalism and design analysis with studio practice.

Contemporary needs and developments in art education will be studied within art education courses.

Faculty are practicing artist-educators, aware of current issues in art education.


More About Sage’s Art Education Degree 

As the only Art Education degree program in New York’s Capital Region, Sage offers student-teaching opportunities or internship placement for select candidates.

Our MAT program also offers several experiential learning opportunities in addition to fieldwork and student teaching to help candidates succeed as prepared, confident artist-educators. Learning experiences originate from local schools, museums and galleries, community organizations and more.

The Art Education program is small, which allows for brainstorming, learning best practices and problem-solving with faculty who care about student success.

Learning Experience

This master’s in Art Education program prepares artists to become art teachers. MAT candidates develop their practice as educators and as artists.

Your learning experience includes:

  • Using reflective practices in teaching and learning
  • Creating age appropriate art lessons, units and assessments
  • Using technology as a vehicle for advancing creativity, innovation and learning
  • Further developing your artistic skills and practice as an artist


Careers with a Master’s in Art Education

Individuals with an Art Education master’s degree become art teachers in K-12 public, private and charter schools; art studios; and in community-based programs, continuing education programs and galleries.

Student Teaching

Hands-on experience in teaching, along with coursework in practice, current theory and research prepare candidates for opportunities as arts educators.

You will be immersed in the practice of teaching and reflection with field experiences and student teaching experiences, where you will apply your knowledge as an artist, develop teaching skills and create art curriculum and assessment tools.

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Russell Sage College graduate application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Resume
  • Goals statement
  • References
  • Portfolio review and statement

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