Master of Science in Teaching: Art Education (Grades K-12) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)

The MST in Art Education/Students with Disabilities is ideal for those people with a degree in Fine Arts who enjoying working with adolescents, now considering teaching as a career. The program is a total of 39 credits, including a semester of student teaching, and can be completed in 18 months. Most classes are held in the evening so that candidates can continue to work full-time. The program includes Art Methods classes at both the Elementary and Secondary levels as well as classes in Special Education so that candidates are fully prepared to teach in their own classroom or in a co-taught classroom. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for teaching certification in Visual Arts Education (K-12) and Students with Disabilities (7-12). Candidates will be prepared to teach Art and Special Education in both public and private schools.

Total Program = 39 credits (All courses are 3 credits; Student Teaching is 6 credits)

Program Requirements*

Fall (9 credits) 

GED 2101 Psychology of Learning/Models of Teaching
GED 2401 Writing across the Curriculum
GESP 2601 Exceptional Children Secondary Education

Winter Interim (3 credits) 

GED 2103 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education

Spring (9 credits) 

GED 2402 Reading across the Curriculum
GESP 2603 Assessment: Principles and Practices
​GED 2301 Art Methods for Middle/Secondary School

Pre-Summer (6 credits​) *

GED 2302 Art Methods for the Elementary School
GESP 2602 Classroom Organization and Management

Summer (3 credits)

GESP 2703 Instructional Strategies

Fall (9 credits) *

GED 2200 Student Teaching (6 credits)
GED 2208 Action Research and Evaluation (3 credits)
GED 2209 Comprehensive: Action Research Project (0 credits) Completed during GED2208.

Candidates in the dual certification program are required to complete 150 hours of field experiences 100 hours in the area of certification and 50 hours in special education (grades 7-12).

In order to become certified to teach Visual Arts (K-12) in New York State candidates must also pass the following Certification Exams.

Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Content Specialty Test (CST) – Visual Arts
edTPA – Visual Arts

In addition, to become certified to teach Special Education in New York State candidates must also pass the following Certification Exams.

Content Specialty Test (CST) – Multi-Subjects 7-12
Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities

Candidates seeking certification elsewhere will be able to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements.