Master of Science

  • Learn to present the study and creation of art in exciting and meaningful ways, while continuing your lifelong development as an artist. 
  • Nazareth College is among the most highly respected colleges in New York state for art education, meeting National Art Education Association standards for art teacher preparation. 
  • Benefit from Nazareth’s student-centered approach and small classes, as well as art education that honors visual learning styles and visual forms of data analysis. 
  • Gain opportunities to present research at state and national professional conferences. 

Program is Ideal For

  • People with an undergraduate degree in studio art, art history, or museum education seeking initial teacher certification (for birth through grade 12).
  • People who’ve taught in after-school programs, private studios, or extracurricular art programs and want to transition into public education.
  • Initially certified teachers wanting to become professionally certified in art. Our studio art classes — such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, book design, and computer graphics — expand your repertoire as an artist and enhance your teaching of general art.
  • Artists who want to incorporate teaching, art, research, and advocacy for the arts into their classroom. Unlike larger programs that are entirely research-based, Nazareth’s holistic program builds in time to support your development as a practicing artist.

Career Information

  • Graduates are highly likely to find jobs. In recent years, 100 percent of graduates were employed in their field.
  • Many regional art teachers are Nazareth grads, offering networking opportunities. 
  • Graduate with real-world experience. Initial-certification seekers run their own classroom in our on-campus Saturday Art School community arts program for grades K-12.
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Study Abroad

Nazareth's art education degree program includes the option to study abroad for a semester, taking art studio classes at L'École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués (LISAA), a private graphic arts college in Rennes, France that partners with Nazareth.

What to Expect
  • Initial certification program: 45 credit hours
  • Professional certification program: 36 credit hours
  • Classes meet for three to four hours one evening a week.
  • Full-time grad students typically complete either program in four semesters.

Curriculum Examples

Distinctive courses include:

  • Book Design and Book Arts
  • Teaching in Saturday Art School
  • Capstone course exploring qualitative and visual methodologies, including sensory ethnography and arts-based research approaches to exploring and understanding art classrooms.

Program Director

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Assistant Professor & Director of the Art Education Program in Art
Arts Center 170B

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