M.S. in Art Education (Birth to Grade 12)

The 30 credit Master of Science in Art Education (Birth to Grade 12) offers a unique opportunity for students to advance their development as creative artists while sharing their love of art with young people in public and private schools.

The M.S. plan of study is designed to meet the needs of all interested students preparing to enter the field (30 credits). Candidates in both programs sharpen their design and drawing skills through studio classes and workshops in traditional and electronic media. All students also take courses aimed at enhancing their teaching skills and exploring the psychological, philosophical and social foundations of art education.

With input and guidance from two graduate advisors each student designs a personalized curriculum that reflects his or her strengths and professional goals.

The program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, which ensures you receive the highest quality instruction.

Exhibition Space, Studios and Facilities

Art education majors have access to impressive studios, exhibition halls and labs to transform their ideas and concepts into beautiful works of art. Specialized facilities include a ceramics center, sculpture studio, printmaking workshop and papermill, digital art and design labs, and photography, drawing and painting studios. The Hillwood Art Museum and the Hutchins Gallery, both located on the LIU Post Campus, feature an ongoing series of exhibitions by professional and student artists. Many students and faculty showcase their work in galleries throughout Long Island and in New York City. Exhibiting artists are frequently brought to Campus to discuss their work, conduct workshops and visit classes.

The Art Faculty

All faculty members of the LIU Post Art Department are practicing artists who enjoy affiliations with publishers, galleries and graphic design studios. Several members of the faculty have works that are included in the permanent collections of some of the nation’s largest galleries and museums.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Art Education must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: non-refundable
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor's degree in art education with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from an accredited school which meets the New York State requirements for certification or have completed an undergraduate major in art from an accredited school with a minimum of 36 credits in Studio Art classes. If the applicant has fewer than 36 undergraduate Studio Art credits he/she will only be excepted as a "limited-matriculant" until this New York State requirement is satisfied. Also, if the Art Department faculty feels it is necessary, after reviewing an applicant's portfolio, they may require that the student take additional Art and/or Art History courses to eliminate a deficiency before being admitted into the master's degree program. These credits cannot be applied toward the master's degree. The student's status will be "limited-matriculant" until these courses are completed and a grade of B or better is attained. In some cases a second portfolio review will be required for full matriculation.
  • A portfolio, evaluated by the Art Department faculty, is required for admission. The portfolio must be submitted to the Art Department Graduate Studies Office and should contain 15 to 20 samples of your most recent work and a numbered inventory list. Samples can be either original works, slides (enclosed in a slide page), CD or DVD. Photography applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of 20 original prints.
  • Personal artist statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Special Requirements for Transfer Students
  • If pertinent to the applicant's plan of study, a maximum of 12 graduate credits with a grade of B or better may be transferred from another university's graduate program (15 credits from within LIU).
  • The transfer will take place after the completion of 15 credits within this program but the request must be made at the time of the original application to the degree program and must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Send application materials, with the exception of the portfolio, to:
LIU Post
Attn: Graduate Admissions
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300

The portfolio should be mailed to:
Art Department Graduate Studies Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2465
(Please indicate degree applying for on portfolio)

For the Plan of Study for the M.S. in Art Education, please see the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in this bulletin.


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall