Why Choose Nazareth for Art Education?

Art is a great teacher — revealing patterns in life, providing a medium of self-discovery, communicating through color, texture, and visual poetry. The teaching of art is also an art form — a creative process where the tools of knowledge and experience are used to shape connections between teacher and student.

Nazareth College is one of the top-ranked schools in New York State for its art education degree program. Our future teachers are taught to present the study and creation of art in exciting and meaningful ways while continuing its lifelong development in their own lives. Our approach to teaching art is not simply to have students follow an assignment or perfect a technique, but to find a reason to make art that is meaningful to them.

As required by NYS, students in our art education major put in 100 field hours of observation and teaching in practicums and local schools. As graduates, they have taught in school systems locally and around the country. All are gifted artists and teachers who use their own talents to inspire others.

Program Highlights

  • The NYS Initial Certification program (Pre-K through grade 12) prepares artists to become teachers through fieldwork in surrounding area school districts.
  • Involvement in many community service projects including the installation of murals in several schools and local libraries.
  • Fieldwork in the Saturday Art for Children program on campus, a community art program taught by students and supervised by faculty.
  • High placement rate; many regional art teachers are Nazareth grads.
Sample Courses

Contact Information

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Assistant Professor & Director of the Art Education Program in Art
Arts Center 170B
art education degree program, art education major, art teacher certification, BS MS education

Alumni Spotlight: Bryce Doty '06

Bryce, an art teacher for BOCES II, is a representative to the New York State Art Teachers Association Board of Trustees.

Example Careers

  • Art teacher (pre-K–grade 12)
  • Art curriculum supervisor
  • Art museum educator
  • College art educator

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Outreach to the Advocacy Center, Al Sigl Center, Compeer, and Veteran’s Outreach Center
  • Saturday Art for Children & Teens
  • Presentations and participation in the New York State Art Teachers Association and the National Art Education Association

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • The University of the Arts
  • The Corcoran College of Art and Design
  • All regional public and private school districts
  • All regional charter schools