Initial Teaching Certification

DEGREE OFFERED

  • M.A. in Fine Arts Education
  • Option: Initial Teaching Certification

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:        June 1
Spring:  December 1

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts in Fine Arts Education, Certification option, is an academically intensive program, designed for students who have undergraduate preparation and demonstrated competence in the studio arts and wish to se­cure New Jersey K-12 Teaching Certification in Art. The program’s philosophical approach is rooted in develop­mental psychology and supported by contemporary research in the field. This reading and writing intensive pro­gram prepares future educators to engage in conceptual thought and learning in the visual arts and to translate this understanding into an active and vivified classroom practice. To achieve this goal, students continue to develop a strong studio praxis which is augmented by an academic study of the psychological origins of artistic expression as they unfold within the growing individual. Admission to the program is by application and interview. All prospective applicants are urged to contact the program coordinator as soon as possible* to discuss the course of studies and to ensure a timely placement in required fieldwork.

*Applicants aspiring to complete the program in two years are advised to interview with the program coordinator no later than April 30 for fall admission. Prospective students may interview prior to formally applying to the graduate college. Other applicants may interview before or after April 30th.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0*
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Core Academic Skills Test
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Departmental interview assessing the following:
  • Studio portfolio
  • Proficiencies in academic writing
  • Dialogic skills
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

*Candidates who believe their record warrants further review should reach out to the program coordinator to discuss their candidacy.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 48 credits (including 12 co-requisites in fieldwork and 36 credits in coursework) and thesis seminars
  • Passing scores on Praxis exam in Art Education before student teaching (FA 4990) 

CO-REQUISITES – 12 CREDITS

FA 3902

Artist Teacher Field (Must be taken with FA 5015)

1 credit

FA 3903

Artist Teacher Field (Must be taken with FA 5016)

1 credit

FA 4990

Student teaching

10 credits

 

REQUIRED COURSES – 21 CREDITS

FA 5015

Foundation of Graduate Study in Art Education I

3 credits

FA 5016

Foundation of Graduate Study in Art Education II

3 credits

PSY 5110

The Developmental Study of Children

3 credits

FA 5000

Studies in the Creative Process

3 credits

EL 5613

Curriculum Development and Evaluation: Theory and Practice

3 credits

Two of the following with advisement

SPED 5005

Disability: Psychological and Educational Implications

3 credits

SPED 5020

Educational Strategies for Students with Disabilities

3 credits

FA 5018

Art and Autism in Education

3 credits

 

ELECTIVES – 9 CREDITS

3 courses in Fine Arts Studio, with advisement

 

RESEARCH – 6 CREDITS

FA 5995

Thesis Seminar I: Art Education

3 credits

FA 5996

Thesis Seminar II: Art Education

3 credits

TOTAL OF 48 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM
 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

grad-adm@kean.edu
908.737.7100

Program coordinator

DR. JOSEPH AMORINO
Vaughn-Eames (VE-430)
T. 908.737.4403     
jamorino@kean.edu

Updated 7/2/12