Are you interested in pursuing a career as an art teacher at the K-12 level? Russell Sage College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, which leads to New York State certification in art education. You’ll complete the 30 credit program in one full-time year or two years of part-time study.

Explore art and education through art content courses which integrate art history, art criticism, aesthetics, multiculturalism and art-making with art teaching. Candidates improve their skills in all areas while applying their knowledge to the art classroom. Pedagogy, methods and research are taught through education courses.

Our goal is to educate and inspire competent art teachers so they, in turn, can educate and inspire their own students.


Faculty in the art education program come from a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences from art education to studio practice.

Program Distinctions

This program allows those without art education at the undergraduate level to pursue becoming an art teacher. This unique program is the only art education program in the region.

Your Future

You’ll be prepared for a career in a variety of settings with this degree.

Student Teaching

For the literacy component, you’ll complete a practicum of at least 25 hours — which involves teaching at-risk, diverse, urban learners online and face-to-face.

For the special education component, you’ll work closely with faculty to identify student-teaching placements that will increase the breadth of your teaching experience. Most placements are 50-hours long across a period of five weeks.


Graduates go on to have careers as special educators and literacy specialists, working with general education teachers and a wide range of students. You’ll be able to co-teach with general education teachers, be a consultant teacher who provides support services or be able to teach in a self-contained capacity with a small number of special education students.

Add another vital education skill to your toolbox with our dual Literacy and Special Education master’s degree program. You’ll become more marketable, and increase your effectiveness in the classroom.

Learning Experience

You’ll have the chance to participate in practical experiences while studying a theoretical research background in this program. The program also includes many guest speakers from the Capital District — teachers, directors, principals and related service providers — so you can learn from the best in the field.

You’ll also learn to promote practices that emphasize evidence-based teaching, differentiated instruction, diversity and inclusion, teaching English language learners and teacher reflection. Courses draw on the new literacies lens to integrate technology into innovative and traditional learning activities.

Application Requirements

  • Russell Sage College Graduate Application 
  • official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • goals statement 
  • references 
  • portfolio review or equivalent 


  • minimum 30 credits in Art
    (minimum of 18 credits in studio art) 
  • Sage courses or equivalents: 
    EDU201 – Education & Society 
    EDU206 – Educational Psychology 
    PSY208 – Developmental Psychology 
    EDU574 – Reading & Writing in the Content Areas 


Pedagogical Core (12 credits)
MTA 578
Collaboration in Educational Settings     
CMTA 502
Critical Thinking: Research into Practice
MTA 511
Methods in Art Education & MTA 511F
MTA 594
Culminating Project /
Multiple Literacies with Adolescents 
Art Content Core (12 credits)
ART 511
Art Criticism & Aesthetics      
ART 520
Media Literacy     
ART 521
Dimensions in Art  
ART 557
Ideas in Visual Arts
Student Teaching (6 credits)
EDU 663
Student Teaching in Art Education (K-6)
EDU 664
Student Teaching in Art Education (7-12)