Art Education (Grades K-12) MAT

Turn your passion for art into a meaningful teaching career. SUNY Oswego’s MAT Art program turns those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts into marketable K-12 art teachers in New York state and beyond.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 42

Estimated Completion Time 2.5 Years


Explore children’s developmental art processes and learn why art education is vital for today’s schools. You will develop from day one through proven coursework and student teaching experiences.

Two student teaching placements will prepare you to recognize the importance of culturally relevant teaching and incorporate relevant art and art history into your classes and schools. This program is intended for graduates of fine arts or equivalent programs who are priming for initial teaching certification to teach art in public schools at all grade levels.

Foundational Education

Whatever career path you pursue, Oswego's Education programs will give you the theoretical foundation to push your practice to new levels of effectiveness and impact.


The program will prepare you to teach art in public schools in kindergarten through 12th grade. As a student in SUNY Oswego's nationally accredited program, you will expand your skill set in art and gain the necessary theoretical and practical foundation to create appropriate art lessons, units and assessments. Following completion of the program and NYS certification exams, candidates are eligible for New York State initial teaching certification.

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary art teacher
  • Secondary art teacher
  • Middle school art teacher
  • Museum educator

The diverse range of education and art courses are the puzzle pieces that make up the master art teacher. These courses and student teaching placements have fully prepared me not only to be an effective teacher, but to be an innovator in the field of art education.

Program Resources

NCATE Accredited

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community.

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.


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Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor’s or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

GPA of at least 3.0

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.

GRE scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program. Acceptable scores are dependent on the course of study. Speak to your department advisor about what scores are acceptable to the program.


Submit ten or more samples of your work as digital files in your area of interest, including an annotated list providing the title, date of the work and describing the context and your role in the project. (Accepted file types: PDF, JPG, Vimeo or YouTube)

Education essay

In 500–1000 words, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. Additionally, please write of your own understanding of education, what you would contribute to the School of Education, and how  your past experiences and goals align with the Conceptual Framework and Dispositions? (To compose your answer, first examine the School of Education Conceptual Framework.)


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. 

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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