When does an artist become a teacher? The MST in visual arts-all grades (art education) prepares you to teach the next generation of artists and create art experiences while honing your own artistic skills. This accelerated program gives you a year of hands-on experience that will heavily mirror your life as an art educator. An art education master prepares you for a career by embedding certifications and job placement support right into the curriculum. You will work with regional schools to find the best fit for your personality, talents, and teaching goals.

The MST in visual arts–all grades (art education) leads to initial/professional New York State certification in visual arts for grades K through 12. This certification allows applicants to teach in New York State public schools. The program features pedagogical studies, studio inquiry, and student teaching. The program prepares students to meet the national, state, and regional need for teachers of the visual arts and is designed for accomplished art educators and advocates for art and learning in all grades. The program is nationally accredited and is for teachers in art education who hold a BFA or BA (art major) degree. Classes begin each August and conclude in May. Graduates of teacher education programs at RIT have a 96 percent pass rate on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.


  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Design
  • Other Education

Typical Job Titles

  • Art Teacher
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Specialist
  • Art Professor
  • Arts and Crafts Instructor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Education Director
  • Lead Teacher


Visual arts-all grades (art education), MST degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • ARED-701 Child Development in Art
  • ARED-702 Inclusive Art Education
  • ARED-703 Multicultural Issues
  • ARED-704 Methods in Teaching and Learning
  • ARED-705 Methods II Studio Thinking
  • ARED-711 Professional Practices
  • ARED-790 Student Teaching
  • ARED-890 Graduate Seminar in Art Education
  • CIAS Studio Elective

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MST program in visual arts–all grades (art education), candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college with a major concentration in art, art education, arts technology education, photography, or new media.
  • Submit a portfolio.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives, including why the candidate is interested in earning an MST, the selection of RIT for the MST degree, and professional goals to be achieved.
  • Submit an artist’s statement explaining the intention behind the portfolio.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 26, 2019
2 years
47,522 USD
Annual tuition (12-18 credit hours). Additional fees may apply. Scholarships and aids are available.
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