The Art Education program offers a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with New York State Initial Teacher Certification, Birth-Grade 12. Committed to developing well-rounded artist-teacher-researchers, the mission is to prepare students to become practicing artists and knowledgeable, reflective professional educators capable of teaching visual arts in diverse contexts and advancing change in the field. The program blends theory and research with extensive field placement practice in area schools and Nazareth’s Saturday Art School.
The College is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). [Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Nazareth College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.] The B.S. Art Education program is registered with the New York State Department of Education.
Note - Transfer students must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.
Program leads to: New York State Initial Certification in Art Education, B-12
Program Standards and Eligibility for Certification
- The Art Education program requires a 3.0 GPA in all academic coursework;
- The Art Education program requires a 3.0 GPA in all education, art education, studio coursework;
- Student overall GPA’s are monitored each semester, Art Education major GPA’s will be monitored after the student has completed 12 credits inside the major, and letters of Academic Warning and/or Dismissal from the program will be sent accordingly;
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
For students meeting the GPA requirements for Teacher Certification, teacher candidates are required to take and pass three New York State Certification exams:
- Educating All Students Test (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test-Visual Arts (CST)
- Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
Additional Certification Requirements
In addition to the Certification exams listed above, prior to student teaching, New York State requires training–satisfied by a series of live and online workshops–in Health Education and Prevention of Violence; Prevention and Intervention Training in Harrassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools; and Bloodborne Pathogen Training.
Filing for Certification
Teacher candidates who have successfully completed the above requirements, program coursework (listed below), and Student Teaching will complete Fingerprinting and a Background Check and pay the fees in effect at the time they apply, using the NYS TEACH system to formally file for their Initial Certification. For more information please see the School of Education section of the catalog.
Additional support may be obtained by contacting the Nazareth College Teacher Certification Office at (585) 389-2591 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.naz.edu/education/teacher-certification.