Art Education

Degree Granted
Degree Level

Build your creative teaching voice and learn to inspire a future generation of artists.

Why Earn an MA in Art Education?

Students of art education work to explore and better understand the many roles art can play in education. A master’s in art education will prepare you for a career as a creative art educator in a range of settings from elementary, middle and high schools to museums and community based programs. You can also pursue a position in museums, community-based programs or art studios.

Why Study Art Education at Adelphi University in New York?

  • Build your career as an art educator in our flexible yet comprehensive blend of online learning and onsite classroom fieldwork, with guided teaching experiences near your location in New York State.
  • Learn engaging teaching approaches focused on creativity and interdisciplinary arts and prepare for New York State teaching certification.
  • Choose an individualized program pathway with advisement from well-connected and deeply dedicated faculty members who understand artistic development across the lifespan.

Preparing and inspiring students to be innovative, skilled, caring and professional artist-teachers.

What can you do with a master’s in Art Education?

Educators can learn valuable techniques and strategies by completing a master’s program focused on the challenges of teaching art in today’s classrooms. While earning an advanced degree, you can:

  • Explore the latest thinking in art pedagogy.
  • Develop your teaching philosophy and individual voice as a teacher.
  • Adapt your lessons to meet the needs of different developmental stages.
  • Find effective ways to incorporate technology into your lessons.

Most of our students become visual art teachers in Long Island, NYC, or throughout New York state. Although public schools are common job sites, our graduates work in private or charter schools as well. Others seek doctoral study and continue to work in K-12 or with university students as arts researchers or arts supervisors. Many of our alumni serve as mentor teachers within their K-12 schools to our new classes of students, creating a rich art teacher community throughout New York state. Some alumni work in museums, afterschool programs and community organizations as well.

90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

As a critical component of the program, you will complete in-person fieldwork in a New York K-12 classroom serving as a student-teacher. Our students put their skills into practice in schools and organizations across New York State, including:

Special placements for student teaching abroad are also available.

The Adelphi Online Art Education Program has given me the opportunity and flexibility to accomplish my ambitions in new career challenges while working full time. It didn’t take long for the teachers, staff and their curriculum to rejuvenate my creative growth with fresh lessons, combined with user-friendly technology.

Byron Stewart MA in Art Education student, graduation of 2021

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Completed application and $60 fee
  • Official transcripts for all schools attended showing a baccalaureate degree, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 30 credit hours in art
  • Personal statement/essay addressing why you wish to pursue graduate study in art education at this time
  • Online survey completed by two recommenders
  • Artistic portfolio of 15-20 images demonstrating competence in one area of specialization as well as a breadth of studio experience in other media

A personal interview via phone/video or on campus is recommended to familiarize applicants with program requirements and to gauge applicants’ aptitude for online study in art education.

Please note that this program does not accept international students.

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