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). If your undergraduate degree was in another field, you must have completed 30 credits in studio art, including 6 credits in art history.
  • 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.
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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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