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Art Education, M.S.Ed

About the Program

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The Art Education Department offers graduate studies that lead to a master of science in art education and eligibility to apply for New York State professional certification to teach art in grades pre-kindergarten–12 (PK-12). This certifying degree program requires 30 credit hours of study and enables students to acquire competence in theory, research, and methodology in art. Within the required program format, students are encouraged to pursue individualized programs of study.

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

About the Art Education Department

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

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree or post-baccalaureate certification in art education from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the major area of study and 2.5 overall, and/or a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

2. An interview with the Art Education Department chair.

Requests for exceptions to admission requirements may be directed to the department chair. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses 6 credits
AED 688 Seminar
AED 689 Research

Content Specialty Courses* 15-21 credits

Art education, fine arts, design

General Studies Courses* 0-6 credits

Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis* 3-6 credits
AED 690 Master’s Project
AED 695 Master’s Thesis (6)

Total Required Credit Hours 30 credits

*Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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