School of Visual Arts

Art Education


209 E 23rd St.

New York City, NY 10010

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.T. - Master of Arts in Teaching

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The art classroom is a place where children are given the opportunity to explore and develop their personal dreams and goals, and to think independently. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) provides a hands-on learning environment where student teachers investigate educational issues and techniques, develop their own educational philosophy and continue creating personal artwork. The program takes a child-centered approach to art education that emphasizes collaboration and community and addresses the needs of diverse populations, including those with special needs. Designed for students who have completed an undergraduate major in studio art, the MAT Art Education program can be completed either as a full-time, one-year intensive or as a two-year, part-time program, ideal for those who want to continue working while they complete the coursework required to qualify for the New York State Initial Certification in Visual Art. Our faculty is comprised of professional artist/teachers who are experts at training artists to apply their creative skills to teaching art to children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The program provides the foundations and psychology of education as they are applied to diverse elementary and secondary populations. Seminar courses investigate age-appropriate materials, methods and educational concepts, which student teachers then apply directly to classroom practice in public school placements. Courses like Curriculum for Special Populations, that includes faculty-led practica at a homeless shelter; Museum Studies: Theory and Practice; Technology in Art Education; and Curriculum: Arts Integrated, provide students with further training in varied approaches to teaching art. The program culminates with the completion of a teaching portfolio, master’s thesis and an exhibition of mat student artwork. Individualized student teaching placements are made at carefully selected public schools throughout the City. Our students have the opportunity to gain specialized teaching experience through SVA’s innovative children’s programs: Art Program for the Homeless and Art for Kids. SVA offers its students state-of-the-art facilities and studios. In addition, as our campus, the City provides unparalleled resources—for field trips to museums and galleries and for classes held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Rubin Museum of Art. MAT students may also audit two courses from SVA’s extensive continuing education offerings. At SVA we believe that to teach art, you should first be an artist who can use the power of art to open the minds, as well as the eyes, of the young to new experiences and individual fulfillment. One person—a gifted and caring teacher—can make a difference in a young person’s life. Our program is for artists who want to become teachers and make that difference. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website.

Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.


The School of Visual Arts (SVA) been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Professional Studies. Specific programs in which these degrees are offered, and data required by the U.S. Department of Education on "Gainful Employment" for each program, may be found on SVA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; the Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.; and the Art Education program is accredited by the New York State Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE).  

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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