Teaching Art, Grades K–12, Initial Certification

New York University

12 months
21540 USD/year
21540 USD/year
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In the Teaching Art, Grades K–12, Initial Certification program from New York University, students will focus on contemporary art, social justice education, and critical multiculturalism as you prepare for initial teaching certification.


Art and education are places to wonder, question, and build new knowledge. This degree provides opportunities to enact teaching and art-making as creative and performative practices inspired by contemporary artists who serve as creative role models for investigating and responding to the concerns of our time.

Our courses connect theory and practice, focusing on a progressive social justice approach to teaching and learning in and through the arts. We provide teachers with tools to be persuasive advocates for the importance of the arts in schools and society, as well as to encourage the next generation of citizens who will transform society.

In the Teaching Art, Grades K–12, Initial Certification program from New York University, you will participate in two types of fieldwork: serving as a learning partner and then a student teacher, working with elementary and secondary students in schools and through our NYU Visionary Studio Saturday Workshop.


Course work in the initial certification degree is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate-level training and initial certification. Our students go on to teach in public, private, charter, and independent schools in the US as well as internationally. Many teach in museum education or not-for-profit and community-based organizations and well as serving other educational roles such as curriculum consultants and on curatorial projects. Some pursue further study in PhD or EdD programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Inquiries into Teaching & Learning
  • School Arts: Issues in Pedagogy and Curriculum (Elementary)
  • Special Education: Disabilities Studies and Contemporary Art
  • Race, Education, and the Politics of Visual Representation
  • Drug & Alcohol Ed/Child Abuse Identification/Violence Prevention
  • Student Teaching: Elementary
  • Student Teaching: Secondary

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

As regulated by the New York State Education Department, you must have the following credits prior to enrollment:

  • 36 semester hours in studio art and art history (a maximum of 12 hours can be in art history)
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English (American Sign Language is acceptable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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