Teaching Art, All Grades (MA)

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Program Description

Coursework in MA in Teaching Art, All Grades program is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate-level professional training leading to eligibility for initial certification in New York State as artist–teachers in primarily public and private schools. The program combines a strong foundation in critical pedagogy with a solid grounding in practice, including experience teaching in NYU Visionary Studio classes for high school students and two student teaching placements in elementary and secondary schools.

Through a sequence of core courses grounded in a progressive social justice approach, students examine the making and teaching of art as a social act, and consider its philosophical, historical, political, and sociological contexts. Students develop a pedagogical foundation through courses in education, art education, and research methodologies while continuing their work as artists in graduate-level studio courses.

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. To fulfill New York State teacher certification requirements for initial certification, the candidate must enroll in the 30-credit program.


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 CAEP’s quality principles.


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.