• 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. This M.S.Ed. program meets National Art Education Association standards for teacher preparation.


Classes meet one evening a week


Traditional (on-campus), hybrid (half online), and online classes offered


Complete in as fast as 4 semesters full-time


Fieldwork and student teaching for initial certification

Program Options

Initial certification (48 credits)
Professional certification (36 credits)

Curriculum Examples

  • Artist-Teacher/Researcher Identities
  • Arts Across the Curriculum
  • Issues in Art Education
  • Foundations of Learning in the Arts
  • Diverse Learners in Art Education
  • Visual Books
  • Fibers and Innovative Craft Traditions

Value of your Degree

  • Graduates are highly likely to find jobs. In recent years, 100% of graduates seeking a job in art education were hired in their field.
  • Many regional art teachers are Nazareth grads, offering networking opportunities.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this master's degree.


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

Renowned for Art Education

    "Everyone I know that has graduated the art education program has a job."

    Program Director

    Samantha Nolte-Yupari

    Samantha Nolte-Yupari

    Assistant Professor & Director of the Art Education Program
    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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