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.
  • You have 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.

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). If your undergraduate degree was in another field, you must complete 30 undergraduate credits in studio art (including 6 credits in art history) to apply for the program.
  • 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.
  • Educators 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.

Leading a public arts project

“The art education program demands professionalism and excellence, and inspired me to raise my expectations on what I could accomplish with the arts in education," said Marissa Lehner ‘15G, director of Ferry Street Corridor Project. She secured a $100,000 National Education Association grant to launch the education-based public arts program in Buffalo.

Her first grad class required her to participate in an arts advocacy project in the community, which led to her making valuable connections and drew her to work in lesser-known neighborhoods. "The studio classes I took expanded upon my skills in the areas of design, computer graphics and sculpture. The program made me a more versatile project director and creative in problem solving throughout the project.”

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.

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions

Program Director

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

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

Education:  B.A., Mercyhurst University; M.A.E, Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.

Areas of Academic Interest: The experiences of beginning teachers, maps as a qualitative research methodology, sensory ethnography, curriculum studies, and classroom management.

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