2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts Education: Preparation, MS

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James H. Rolling Jr., Comstock Art Facility Rm 043, 315-443-6779, jrolling@syr.edu


James H. Rolling, Jr., Sharif Bey, Beth Ferri, Joseph Shedd, Bong Gee Jang

Program Description

The Arts Education: Preparation, M.S. program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teaching certification in Visual Arts (all grades) and is one of two master’s degree programs in the department. Arts Education program coursework emphasizes diverse creative processes as laboratories for the exploration of the materials and forms through which human beings have historically shaped enduring ideas, negotiated identity, and organized all that we know and value.

Graduate programs in Art Education are focused upon three distinct areas of study emphasis:

  • arts & design practices as a means for personal agency and social responsibility,
  • developing arts & design curricula for teaching and learning in multiple contexts,
  • and interdisciplinary research promoting creative leadership and entrepreneurship.

This program is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree in a studio arts, media arts, or design major with sufficient credits in studio or media arts, yet do not have an education background. This 39 credit hour program awards the M.S. degree from the School of Education, in cooperation with the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). The college’s programs are accredited respectively by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Arts Education faculty members hold dual appointments in both the School of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Emphasis on socially responsible approaches to artmaking and design, unconventional field placements and partners, and an interdisciplinary approach to the arts in relation to the humanities and sciences are woven throughout the program coursework. Students majoring in Arts Education must take the following requirements and specialized course electives.  Courses are shown in the order a full-time student typically would follow.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire knowledge of each student, and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students

2. Know the content they are responsible for teaching, and plan instruction that ensures growth and creative achievement for all students

3. Implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards

4. Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports creative achievement and growth

5. Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction

6. Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning

7. Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional and creative growth

Graduate Program requirements - 39 credits minimum

First summer

Spring semester

Intensive Examination

The final requirement of master’s degree study also requires the completion of an Intensive Examination. Completing a take-home Master’s Examination can fulfill this requirement. However, with departmental approval, a Master’s thesis or special project is also an option in this program.

Liberal Arts and Art and Design Credits required:

It is expected that students will enter the program with most of these requirements completed. However, if not, all requirements must be completed before a master’s degree can be granted.

Art and design content. This is met by either an undergraduate degree in an appropriate area of art, or a degree in another area with 36 semester hours of art content. The art content should include 9 credits of art history; depth of study in a two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or time based mode of artmaking; and breadth of study through a variety of other studio courses. Typically, a 3.0 average in these courses is required.

Liberal arts distribution. In addition to arts study students are expected to have met with appropriate courses and grades, one course each in mathematics, natural science, social science (not history or psychology), and humanities (not arts related). In addition a writing course or its equivalent is required, and a language other than English requirement must be met by either one college course, successful completion of level 3 or higher in high school, or appropriate testing.

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