Become an Arts Educator with a Master’s in Art Education

Graduates of Russell Sage College’s MAT in Art Education program become artist-educators, art advocates, collaborators, leaders and creative lifelong learners.

We believe artist-educators are inspirational, reflective and care about building relationships with their students through the language of visual art.

MAT candidates develop their practice as artists and educators.

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.

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

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


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 and sharing of ideas, learning best practices and problem-solving with faculty who care about student success.

More About Sage’s Masters in Art Education

Our Art Education degree program allows those without  undergraduate experience in art education to pursue becoming an art teacher.

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

As the only Art Education degree program in the 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.

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.

Your Future

Individuals with a master’s in art education are prepared for careers as artist-educators, with skills relevant to a variety of settings.

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.

Careers with a Master’s in Art Education

Art Education master’s degree graduates are prepared for  careers in settings that include:

  • K-12 public, private and charter schools
  • Art studios
  • Community-based programs
  • Creative workshops
  • Continuing education
  • Galleries

Learning Experience

We believe art educators are artists. This master’s in art education program prepares artists to become effective art educators. Candidates pursue advancement in art and art education through the development of their practice as both educators and 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


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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Assistant Professor, Department Chair, and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Lecturer in Art Education