Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Master of Science in Education Program

Program Code: MSED-AH

Major Code: AED

HEGIS 0831

Art Education Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited

Michael E. Parks, Chair

Upton Hall 315, (716) 878-4106


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Art Education Graduate Program prepares students for professional certification to teach visual arts in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (PK-12) in New York State schools. This program develops art education professionals who:

  • understand contemporary art and culture and are committed to teaching students in meaningful and critical ways.
  • consider teaching to be a dynamic and continuing process utilizing current media technology.
  • are sensitive to issues of diversity and capable of adapting their teaching strategies to meet individual needs.
  • are encouraged to be active in their professional, cultural, and art communities.
  • are competent in theory, research, and methodology in art and art education.

The Art Education Department offers graduate studies that lead to a master of science in art education and eligibility to apply for New York State professional certification to teach visual art in grades pre-kindergarten–12 (PK-12). This program requires 30 credit hours of study. Within the required program format, students are encouraged to pursue individualized programs of study.

*Those seeking an art education initial certification, please see our Postbaccalaureate Certification-only Program.


Academic advisers are assigned by the department and must be consulted each semester in order to register for courses and graduate in a timely manner; however, students remain responsible for fulfilling department and college requirements specific to the program.

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a visual art-related field as well as initial certification in art education from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Writing Sample: a 500-1000 word sample of your best writing on an area pertaining to art education
  • Nationally Normed Exam: Either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)- The scores must be submitted to the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School
  • An interview with the Art Education Department chair

Requests for exceptions to admission requirements may be directed to the department chair. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

9 (12) cr

AED 688


AED 689


AED 690

Master’s Project



AED 695

Master’s Thesis (6)

Content Specialty Courses1

15-21 cr

Courses in:

Art Education (AED),
Fine Arts (FAR), and/or
Design (DES)

General Studies Courses1

0-6 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

30 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated and should be selected under advisement.

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Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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