Teaching Art, All Grades (MA)

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Program Description

Coursework in MA program in Teaching Art, All Grades is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate-level professional training leading to an initial certification as artist–teachers in primarily public and private schools both nationally and internationally. The program combines a strong foundation in contemporary art with a solid grounding in education for social justice and practical teaching experience. 

Through a sequence of core courses grounded in a progressive social justice approach, students examine the making and teaching of art as a social and political act, and consider its philosophical, historical, political, and sociological contexts. We foreground a commitment to anti-racism and culturally sustaining pedagogy as a throughline in all of our coursework. Students develop their teaching philosophy and practical skills through courses in education, art education, and research methodologies while continuing their work as artists fulfilling creative course assignments and a graduate-level studio course.

For students who have an undergraduate BA or BFA degree in studio art and wish to acquire teacher certification, the MA Program in Teaching Art, All Grades, offers a curriculum that satisfies the academic requirements for New York State teacher certification. 


Graduate students in the Teaching Art, Grades K-12, Initial Certification program participate in two types of fieldwork: serving as a Learning Partner and as a Student Teacher. All fieldwork experiences are selected, supervised, and supported by NYU faculty in collaboration with the Office of School and Community Partnerships.

An additional Art+Education fieldwork experience includes participation in the Visionary Studio: Saturday Workshop program. MA Art+Ed students design a thematic, multimedia curriculum for high school students and then co-teach classes that address current social issues and questions and the ways in which art and artists influence society.

Career Opportunities

Our students go on to teach in public, private, and independent PreK-12 schools in the US as well as internationally, with a significant number joining the New York City Department of Education as Visual Art Teachers. Some choose to teach in museum education or not-for-profit and community-based organizations as well as serve other educational roles such as curriculum consultants and on curatorial projects. Some graduates eventually pursue further study in PhD or EdD programs.

Accreditation (AAQEP)

The New York University Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of teaching and leadership in today’s demanding educational environment, is granted accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Programs (AAQEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2020 to June 2027. This accreditation certifies that the fore-named professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to AAQEP’s quality principles.

Accreditation (NASAD)

NYU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.