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Combine your passion for art with your desire to serve others.

The Visual Art Education major will provide you with a strong foundational method of art making and theory, preparing you for New York State certification. New York State certification in Visual Art Education is a specialized comprehensive degree that will allow you to teach kindergarten through grade 12. Those who receive New York State certification are granted reciprocity in thirty-eight other states.

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Program Highlights

You'll have observation hours and a semester in area schools student teaching.

Class sizes of 12 or less and professors dedicated to mentoring their students.

Prepare for permanent New York State teacher certification through Roberts' 4+1 program.

Greater Stories

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Romy Hosford is a multimedia artist and educator and has taught at Roberts since 2011. She received her MFA degree in Visual Studies at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, in conjunction with The College at Brockport. Her work there centered in Photography, video, artists’ books, and installation art. Before returning to her native Rochester for graduate school, she received both a BFA and MS in Art Education from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. She taught public school for several years in Northern Virginia.

Romy Hosford, M.F.A.

What Will I Learn

We believe good teachers must be good artists. This program has developed its reputation through a strong core of courses in art-making, art history, art education, and teacher education.

Through the curriculum, you will explore learning styles and cognitive theory in relation to educating kids in the arts for grades K-12.

With a concentration in studio art, you will experience art materials and methods and relate those to integrated lessons addressing a diversity of student populations.

In your first year, you will take art foundation courses (ART 102, 103, 104, 105) and introductory education courses. In your sophomore and junior year, you will study art education methods and delve deeper into your art-making with studio courses. As a senior, you will complete your student teaching practicum along with a Capstone Studio Art Project.

Successful completion of the program requirements and passing the state certification exams will lead to provisional New York State teacher certification in Visual Art K-12.

Career Outlook

Student Teaching Placements

  • Churchville Chili
  • Rochester Prep Charter
  • Urban Choice Charter
  • Various Rochester City School District
  • Rush Henrietta
  • St. Lawrence Catholic School
  • Northstar Christian Academy
  • Canandaigua
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School
  • Leroy
  • Brighton
  • East Irondequoit
  • West Irondequoit
  • Fairport
  • Monroe 1 BOCES


  • St. Marks Episcopal School Art Teacher
  • Spencerport High School Art Teacher
  • Elkton Middle School Art Teacher
  • Pittsford High School Art Teacher
  • Churchville Chili Elementary School Art Teacher
  • Llama Creations
  • Heisgler Photography
  • LeBoeuf Designs
  • Family Services of Western PA

Grad Schools

  • Roberts Wesleyan University
  • St. John Fisher
  • Nazareth College
  • University of Rochester
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Geneseo

Frequently Asked Questions

At Roberts, we design our online programs to fit your schedule so you can still enjoy the things you love most in life. We’ve been offering online courses for more than 20 years, so you can be assured that we provide a quality education through this delivery format. Our online courses are asynchronous, allowing you to complete the assignments when you have time throughout the week, while meeting regular deadlines for work. Instead of regular, in-person class sessions, you will follow a weekly rhythm of reading, watching videos from your instructor, and participating in online discussions to connect with classmates and deepen your learning experience. Through your online course pages, you will have access to all the resources you need to be successful, including the Golisano Library, the Learning Center, and IT support.

Business management is an approach to better work. Business managers set strategic goals for an organization. They work with individual employees to carry out specific assignments that lead towards one cohesive goal.

You’ll do more than lead the day-to-day operations of a team or department. Business management combines an understanding of the business world with an understanding of people. You'll learn how to motivate people to work toward a common goal.

The business landscape is shifting rapidly. Organizations are looking for managers who can help them respond to industry and workforce changes.

Business Managers find work across many fields, including corporate environments, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

This degree offers a unique combination of business knowledge and skills. It can help you prepare to lead an organization through a changing business landscape. It offers a foundation of general education and business courses. This learning is supplemented by management and leadership classes online or in the classroom.

Core business courses explore topics, including:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Analysis
  • Finance
  • Human Relations
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Research Process
  • Project Management
  • Ethical Decision Making

Additionally, critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and communication are also skills that are reinforced throughout the curriculum. 

Online or in-person courses will explore skills, group dynamics, organizational structure, change management, and more. You'll learn how to think strategically, identify future innovations and opportunities and develop potential in others.

Business Management is a great field of work for those who dream of making an impact on a future organization. These people enjoy helping groups of people work toward a common goal by applying their skills in practice.

Your skills can be applied to a wide variety of jobs. Jobs for management occupations are projected to grow 5% between 2019 and 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Training and development managers will see 7% job growth over the same time period. Administrative services managers, who oversee the overall function and success of a department or organization, are projected to see 6% job growth by 2029.

Jobs in this field are available across many industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, management occupations saw a median salary of $105,660 in May 2019 Depending on your specific role, salary potential can vary.

Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown that marketing managers earned a median salary of $136,850 and public relations managers earned a median salary of $116,180. Human resources managers earned a median salary of $116,720, while training and development managers earned a median salary of $113,350. Additionally, operations managers earned a median annual salary of $100,780 and administrative services managers earned a median salary of $96,940.

An individual's education and experience can also affect their salary. Many jobs require only a bachelor of science in business management or a related field. Some top positions may require a master’s degree.

A master’s degree could bring more career opportunities and higher pay. In 2019, workers with master’s degrees earned 20% more than workers with bachelor’s degrees.

At Roberts Wesleyan College, there are two graduate-level management degree options that can help advance a management career and boost earning potential - Strategic Marketing, M.S. and Strategic Leadership, M.S.L.

A management degree is a credential that is versatile and can be applied to just about any industry, organization, or government agency. As the business landscape continues to evolve, managers with experience in organizational change management are sought after by companies across many different industries. 

Business Managers are in high demand across many different industries, including:

  • Public and private sectors
  • For-profit and not-for-profit realms
  • Centralized and decentralized institutions
  • New startups and global conglomerates

This bachelor's degree offers a unique combination of business and management skills that can be used in positions, like:

  • Administrative services manager
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing manager
  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Financial manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Industrial production manager
  • Operations and supply chain manager
  • Public relations and fundraising manager
  • Training and development manager
  • General and operations manager

No matter what your interests, you can use your skills to help move a team of people or an entire organization forward toward a common goal and vision for the future.

Almost all students that have made the choice to enter this program have graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College, improved their vocational career prospects and/or gone on to graduate programs. Graduates from Roberts Wesleyan College have acquired the knowledge and learning experiences necessary to advance their personal and professional development to stay competitive in today’s working environment.

You may be able to apply approved transfer credits from previous accredited colleges or universities toward your bachelor’s degree - a minimum of 60 credits are required to begin your Business Management major. The Business Management courses will take 12-24 months (full-time or part-time) combined with any past transfer credits and any additional credits needed to satisfy the 124 credits required to complete a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College. Before you enter the program, an academic advisor will assess your current academic status and create a custom degree audit designed for your unique situation. Your degree audit will clearly explain what additional credits you might need in addition to the 37 credits earned in the Business Management program to achieve the 124 credits needed to earn your bachelor’s degree at Roberts. The total time to earn your bachelor’s degree will vary depending on how many additional credits you need to earn. NOTE: there are several ways to satisfy these additional credits that your advisor will develop into a custom plan for degree completion for you.

At Roberts Wesleyan College, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about career advisement, but overall advising is done by a dedicated, non-faculty program advisor who will help them stay on track to graduate. NOTE: advisors assist students with the sequencing of courses, transfer credit evaluation, military transcript evaluation, DSST/CLEP exams, assessment of life-long learning for credit, and more.

We are committed to helping students meet the financial obligation to earn a degree and advance a career. Our Office of Student Financial Services works to assist all students in their effort to maximize financial aid. We award financial assistance to over 75% of bachelor's completion and graduate students, which includes Federal and NYS aid. Additionally, Corporate Partners can save 25% off tuition - learn how!

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