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Visual Arts Education - MA


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Education Advisor

Jeanne Weiler
(212) 650-3459
1115 West
jweiler@hunter.cuny.edu

Visual Arts Advisors

Lori Kent
(646) 418-3427
Art and Art History Advisement Office, North Building 11th floor
lken@hunter.cuny.edu

Jeffrey Mongrain
(212) 650-3676
Art and Art History Advisement Office, North Building 11th floor
jmongrai@hunter.cuny.edu

The School of Education offers two master’s degree programs for NYS certification for visual arts teachers. These programs focus on practical approaches to the teaching of visual arts education, while also providing graduate coursework in the foundations of education and in general education curriculum and content in grades PreK-12.  Both programs leads to NYS certification in Visual Arts PreK-12.

Program 1 (Academic Plan: VSARTED-MA) is for those with no prior NYS certification.

Program 2 (Academic Plan: VAEDPC-MA) is for those with prior NYS certification.

Admissions Requirements


  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5 and a major in visual arts. For applicants with an MFA or other graduate degree, a GPA of at least 3.5.
  2. A liberal arts distribution to include the following: a minimum of 6 credits of English; 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript meets this requirement); 6 credits in political science, history, economics, or geography (with at least one course in history or geography); and 12 credits in math/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets this requirement).
  3. 9 credits of art history
  4. 24 credits in studio art
  5. Two professional references.
  6. A personal statement.
  7. A digital portfolio of 20 examples of artistic works is submitted as part of the application
  8. An interview by faculty for qualified applicants.
  9. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  10. Program 2 Applicants Only: NYS teaching certificate.

Progress Standards


A. 12-credit Progress Standards

  1. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in the program.

  2. Students with more than one course grade below B in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  3. Students who receive a grade of F in any course in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  4. Students with one grade of IN (Incomplete) within the first 12 credits are restricted from registering for more than one additional course. Those with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.
    Note: It is recommended that when not enrolled in any course students take an official leave of absence to complete their INs

B. Fieldwork Benchmarks

  1. All field experiences and student teaching will take place in New York City public schools.

  2. Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+ or C in a supervised field experience or student teaching or practicum course must apply to the chairperson of the department for permission to repeat that course, which may be repeated only once. Any student who receives a grade of F or WU may not reregister and will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  3. Student teaching and practicum courses listed as “by permission only” will require that students have passed the EAS and the relevant CST certification exams.

  4. Students must have no outstanding IN grades or admissions conditions in order to be given permission for registration.

Course of Study


Academic Plans

Total Credits

VSARTED-MA: 44
VAEDPC-MA: 30-31

Exit Requirements


  1. An overall GPA of 3.0
  2. Students must complete the Dignity for All Students Act (anti-bullying) workshop.
  3. Students will develop a professional teaching portfolio that is a cumulative effort, integrating course and fieldwork throughout the program. In particular, students will be expected to integrate their artistic development with their growth and development as arts educators. Teacher candidates will be expected to connect these elements through critical reflection. Students will work with their instructors throughout their course of study on the portfolio. Students will arrange for a presentation and final review of their work during the last semester of the program.
  4. Program 2 students must maintain valid and appropriate NYS certification.

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