Graduate Application Guide

Art + Education: Teaching Art, All Grades: Initial Certification (AREI-MA)

Prepare to work as an artist-teacher in public and private schools. Combining contemporary art, critical pedagogy, and social justice, this master of arts program will give you the skills to become an innovative educator of the arts.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of visual arts, all grades (K-12). During your course of study, you must complete one semester of fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching at NYU-affiliated New York City schools. A degree offering professional teaching certification is also available. 

Academic Plan Code: AREI

Degree: MA

Credits: 33

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Fall: February 1

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to this program, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. 

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)

See more on content core requirements.

If any of these requirements are not fulfilled, you will have to take the necessary courses during your first year of graduate study, in addition to the courses required for the master’s degree. This prerequisite coursework will not count towards the master’s degree.

We review all applications individually and holistically, but our expectation is that successful candidates for admission to any NYU Steinhardt MA program in teacher education will have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Special consideration may be granted to strong candidates with a GPA below 3.0.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

500 words. We encourage applicants to address the following in their statement: Describe your previous experiences teaching art or in other related fields. Why is it important to teach art in schools? What is the role of art and the artist in society today? Why are you applying to the NYU program in Art Education and how will the program support your personal and professional goals? We strongly encourage candidates to address their interest in the philosophy and focus of the NYU Art Education program as it relates to personal and professional goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

Your recommenders should be academic and professional colleagues related to your background in art and/or education and teaching.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


New York State now requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.

If you are applying for Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 admission and have already taken either the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), please submit your official scores with your application. As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. If you are admitted and choose to enroll at NYU Steinhardt in summer or Fall 2016 and have not yet taken one of these exams, we will ask you to submit your official GRE or MAT test scores no later than October 15, 2016. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT

Applicants for Spring 2017 and thereafter must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline. (Updated 01/26/16)



You are required to upload a portfolio of your artwork. There is a $10 portfolio fee. See detailed portfolio guidelines.

Artist's Statement

Optional. Upload to Slideroom.


Personal Interview

We interview all eligible applicants as part of the admission process, either in person or by Skype or phone. This interview is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and determine if it will meet your personal and career goals. We will notify you by email to schedule your interview with the program faculty.


2. Apply Online

Application (Online Only)

Start your application now. After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.