About Sage’s Master’s in Art Education

This MAT program leads to New York State Visual Arts Certification, pre-K through 12th grade.

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

Some Art Education master’s degree candidates are coming directly from a bachelor’s program. Others are changing careers.

As the only Art Education degree program near Albany, New York, Sage offers student teaching opportunities or internship placement for select candidates.

Our MAT program also offers 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.

MAT in Art Education Classes

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

The curriculum includes art content courses that explore art history, criticism and aesthetics, multiculturalism and
design analysis with studio practice.

Contemporary needs and developments in art education are studied within art education courses.

Faculty in the Art Education degree program are practicing artist-educators, aware of current issues in art education.

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


Your Future with a Master’s in Art Education

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.


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.

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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