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Art Education, PTC

About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree with coursework in fine arts, design, and/or art education from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach art. After successfully completing the teacher-certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State initial certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

Students are expected to complete the entire sequence of coursework and are responsible for any additional certification requirements established by the New York State Teacher Certification Division, including fingerprinting and at least four state-mandated seminars. Students in the program may elect to attend part time or full time, yet must attend full time during the student teaching semester. Courses are offered each semester (excluding summer) during the day to accommodate practical experiences in public schools.

Advisement: Academic advisers are assigned by the department and must be consulted each semester in order to register for courses; students remain responsible for fulfilling department and college requirements specific to the program.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

About the Art Education Department

315 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4106
Fax: (716) 878-6730

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the major area of study (fine arts, design, and/or art education) and 2.5 overall.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the catalog.

Program Requirements

First Semester 12 credits
AED 200 Fundamentals of Art Inquiry
AED 300W Foundations in Art Education
AED 301W Theoretical Constructs in Art Education
AED 398 Computer Applications for Art Educators

Second Semester 9 credits
AED 302W Functions and Practices in Art Education
AED 315 Arts in Living
ATS 325 Art and Special Needs

Third Semester 15 credits
AED 303 Elementary Student Teaching in Art (6)
AED 304 Secondary Student Teaching in Art (6)
AED 400 Student Teaching Seminar

Total Required Credit Hours 36 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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