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Program Descriptions

Art Education

Program Descriptions

CCNY offers three graduate level programs in Art Education that lead to a Master’s degree; two of the programs lead to Certification in New York state in teaching art (PK-12). Students in each program take coursework that prepares them to be active and reflective practitioners in the field of art education.  Click here for more information about required coursework.

Initial Certification

This 40-credit program is for students who do not have Initial Certification through New York state.  Students in this program pursue a range of courses that prepare them for certification with New York in teaching art. This program is appropriate for anyone interested in teaching in community centers, museums, or other spaces for learning.  Click Here to download the Program Planning sheet for the Initial Certification Program.

Professional Certification

This 35-credit program is for students who have previously earned New York State Certification and are interested in deepening their understanding of art education.  This program is also appropriate for those interested in expanding their ability to teach in settings beyond schools and to effectively advocate for the arts in education.  Click Here to download the Program Planning sheet for the Professional Certification Program.


This 38-credit program is for students interested in pursuing a MA in Art Education without certification in preparation for careers as teaching artists, museum educators, and community arts professionals. Students in this track pursue a series of art education courses focused on teaching in multiple settings along with electives in education, studio art, and art history. Click Here to download the Program Planning sheet for the Non-Certification Program.