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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.

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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

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