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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 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 the following New York State Certification exams:

  1. Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  2. Content Specialty Test-Visual Arts (CST)

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 tcert@naz.edu, or http://www.naz.edu/education/teacher-certification


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   3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
PEQ (1) - FYS 3 PEQ (3) 3
PEQ (2) 3 AHI.Q 272 Survey II: Late Renaissance thru 19th Century Art History  PEQ (4) 3
ART 101 2D Design   3 ART 102 3D Design   3
ART 106 Drawing I   3 ART 107 Drawing II   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 Health & Wellness 0
    AED 308L Saturday Art School Assistant   1
Total Semester Credits 16 Total Semester Credits 16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Foreign Language & Lab  4 PEQ (5) 3
ART 216 Printmaking: Relief /ART 217 Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio   3 PEQ (6) 3
AVCD 154 Digital Imaging Foundation for Design /AVCD 154L   4 SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   3
AHI.Q 273 Introduction to 20th Century Art   3 ART 211 Painting I   3
AED 305 Foundations of Learning in the Arts   3 Liberal Arts Elective (1) 3
ART 215 Professional Skills and Engagement   0    
Total Semester Credits 17 Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
PEQ (7) 3 PEQ Science with Lab (8) 4
ART 231 Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding    3 Liberal Arts Elective (2) 3
AED 302 History & Theory of Teaching Diverse Learners in Visual Art Education   3 Integrative Studies Course #1 (Liberal Arts) 3
AHI.Q 271 Survey I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art   3 AHI 343G Art of Indigenous Peoples   3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop   0 ART 221 Film Photography    3
**Take EAS test as soon as possible after AED*302   EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
    **Take CST as soon as possible after all AHI courses  
Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Integrative Studies Course #2 (Liberal Arts) - Protected UG Credits 3 ART 365 Issues in Art  - Proctected UG Credits 3
Studio Elective - Protected UG Credits 3 AED 554 Issues in Art Education  - Protected UG Credits 3
SPF 501 Social Foundations of Education   3 AED 554L Saturday Art School Teaching Lab   0
AED 508 Introduction to Curriculum and Lesson Planning   3 AED 520 Qualitative Research Methods   3
CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0 AED 580 Arts Across the Curriculum  or AED 541 Jewelry and Metalsmithing I   3
Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 12
Note - students must have 6 graduate credits in Summer to be eligible for aid
Graduate Elective (1) - Rotates Watercolor, Painting, and Bookmaking 3 Graduate Elective (2) - Recommend Classroom Management, but Drawing and Printmaking offered also 3
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
AED 654 Professional Development in Art Education       3 AED 690 Capstone Seminar   3
AED 665 Student Teaching in Art   6 AED 699 Master’s Portfolio Presentation   0
AED 666 Reflective Seminar in Art Education   3 AED 541 Jewelry and Metalsmithing I  or AED 580 Arts Across the Curriculum   3
    Graduate Elective (3) 3
    AED 571 Art History, Criticism and Aesthetics   3
Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 12


  • Bold  courses are only offered in the term identified (fall or spring)
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Financial Aid applies through Spring, Year 4
  • Students must complete 60 credits identified as Liberal Arts at the undergraduate level

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