May 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S./MS.Ed Combined Program in Art Education

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The Art Education program offers a blended 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Education dual degree 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 5-year B.S./M.S.Ed. program incorporates selected graduate coursework during the fourth year of the program (undergraduate level) for students who have met eligibility and admissions requirements.  This enables earlier entry and completion of master’s level coursework.

The college’s Art Education programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The B.S./M.S.Ed. 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. 

Undergraduate students are accepted to the Undergraduate Art Education major at the time of acceptance to Nazareth College.  The B.S./M.S.Ed. 5-year dual degree program is designed for exceptionally strong art education students capable of navigating graduate coursework in a compressed period of time.  Students can declare their interest in the program upon admission to Nazareth, but must participate in a formal admission review process during their sophomore year, in conjunction with the course AED 305 Psychological Learning in the Arts. During this course students will prove they meet the admissions standards for graduate coursework at Nazareth. Students will be notified by the end of their sophomore year of their admission status. A grade of B+ or better in AED 305, AED 308L, and SPF 204 is required, in addition to the cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0.

In addition, as part of the formal admissions review process, students must submit two letters of recommendation (one from within the Art Department; one from outside the Art Department). Students will submit their research paper from AED 305, and a writing sample (minimum of 5 pages) from another course taken at Nazareth.

Program leads to: New York Initial Certification in Art Education B-12; upon logging appropriate work/job hours, eligibility to file for New York Professional Certification in Art Education

Standards and Eligibility for Certification

  • The Art Education program requires a 3.0 GPA in all Art Education coursework required at the undergraduate level for the major. Prior to beginning graduate coursework, undergraduate GPA’s will be monitored after the completion of 12 credits of major coursework.
  • Nazareth’s graduate programs and the Art Education program require a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Student overall GPA’s are monitored each semester, 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:

  1. Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  2. Content Specialty Test-Visual Arts (CST)
  3. 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
Additional support may be obtained by contacting the Nazareth College Teacher Certification Office at (585) 389-2591 or by email at, or


Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Art Elective

Students must complete one additional studio course (3 credits)

Required Courses for Art Education Majors


  • Foreign Language Credits: 3

Sample Program

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition  (LA) 3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research  (LA) 3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 PEQ (LA) 3
PEQ - FYS (LA) 3 PEQ (LA) 3
Foreign Language I with Lab (LA) 4 ART 107 Drawing II   3
ART 106 Drawing I   3 ART 102 3D Design   3
ART 101 2D Design   3    
Health & Wellness 0    
Total Semester Credits 17 Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
AVCD 250 Graphic Design I  /AVCD 250L Graphic Design I Graphics Lab   4 ART 221 Film Photography   3
ART 231 Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding   3 PEQ (LA) 3
AED 305 Foundations of Learning in the Arts   3 AHI.Q 272 Survey II: Late Renaissance thru 19th Century Art History  (VPA PEQ) (LA) 3
PEQ (LA) 3 PEQ (LA) 3
PEQ (Lab) 1 Integrative Studies #1 (LA) 3
AHI.Q 271 Survey I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art  (LA) 3 AED 308L Saturday Art School Assistant   1
ART 215 Professional Skills and Engagement   0    
Total Semester Credits 16 Total Semester Credits 17
Fall Semester Spring Semester
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop    0 EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
AHI 273 Introduction to 20th Century Art  (LA) 3 Integrative Studies #2 (LA) 3
ART 211 Painting I   3 Studio Elective 3
SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education  (LA) 3 AHI 343G Art of Indigenous Peoples  or
AHI 383G Asian Art: India, China, Japan   (IS #3) (LA)
AED 302 History & Theory of Teaching Diverse Learners in Visual Art Education   3 ART 216 Printmaking: Relief  or
ART 217 Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio  
PEQ (LA) 3 ART 365 Issues in Art   (LA) 3
Total Semester Credits 15 Total Semester Credits 15

Take ALST, EAS certification and CST in Visual Arts exam (summer before senior year)
CME may be taken spring (year 3), summer (prior to year 4), or fall (year 4)

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Liberal Arts Elective #1 (LA) 3 AED 520 Qualitative Research Methods      3
Grad Elective #1 3 AED 554 Issues in Art Education   3
General or Studio Elective 3 AED 554L Saturday Art School Teaching Lab   0
AED 508 Intro to Curriculum and Lesson Planning   3 AED 580 Arts Across the Curriculum   3
SPF 501 Social Foundations of Education   3 Liberal Arts Elective #2 (LA) 3
      Grad Elective #2 3
Total Semester Credits 15 Total Semester Credits 15
Take CST summer following Year 4
Strongly recommended that students complete two graduate electives during the summer sessions,
allowing five-year students to carry a standard graduate course load in year 5.
AED 551 Classroom Management is recommended course for Summer B
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
AED 654 Professional Development in Art Education       3 Studio Elective #3 3
AED 665 Student Teaching in Art   6 Studio Elective #4 3
AED 666 Reflective Seminar in Art Education   3 AED 571 Art History, Criticism and Aesthetics   3
Will take edTPA, register with NYS TEACH   AED 690 Capstone Seminar   3
     system, and apply for certification   AED 699 Master’s Portfolio Presentation   0
Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 15


  • Bold  courses are only offered in Fall or Spring.
  • Italicized courses are Graduate Level courses.
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Financial Aid applies through Spring, Year 4.
  • Liberal Arts courses are noted with LA (60 credits required).

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