The Advanced Certificate in Art and Design Education with initial New York State teacher certification (visual arts, all grades) is a 24-credit program open to individuals who already hold an MFA degree, or to those currently enrolled in an MFA program at Pratt. It may be completed in three semesters. It is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools and other educational settings. Through the integration of studio knowledge with art and design education theory and instructional practices this
intellectually challenging program helps students to test ideas, develop a personal teaching style, and explore research questions through participation and observation. Students thus get opportunities to work collaboratively with their peers, community members, and professionals in the field, while they learn to develop lessons and projects that promote their pupil’s critical inquiry and creative practice. As reflective practitioners and researchers, students are prepared to work effectively in diverse
cultural contexts and to apply interdisciplinary perspectives in a variety of educational settings.
THE PROGRAM’S STRUCTURE
The Advanced Certificate in Art and Design Education offers an advanced experience for artists interested in joining a top-ranked art and design school which has been preparing professionals to lead the field of art and design education K-12 for more than a century.
Students take courses that immerse them in fieldwork and student teaching in K-12 public schools and other settings. In these practice-led teaching experiences students learn to apply their knowledge of learners, their belief in their pupil’s ability to learn, and their cultural awareness to planning and instruction. Students get opportunities to work collaboratively within school and community contexts to promote culturally relevant pedagogy and equitable learning opportunities.
Saturday Art School
Since 1897, Pratt Institute’s Saturday Art School has been offering a broad range of classes for children and teens. Students in the Department of Art and Design Education teach in Saturday Art School, a teaching and learning laboratory school for children and teens from Brooklyn’s many neighborhoods; classes are taught by students who are supervised by faculty. Students learn to integrate their studio knowledge in the planning and teaching of studio-based projects over the course of the semester culminating in a curated exhibition.
Our programs are recognized by New York State Education Department (NYSED) as “approved teacher preparation program(s)” and as such prepare students to meet the requirements of Initial Certification in Visual Art, Grades Pre-K-12. In order to be recommended for New York State Education Department (NYSED) Initial Certification in Visual Arts (all grades), students must complete a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) and a number of non-curricular requirements. All non-curricular requirements must be taken with a provider approved by NYSED and may require a fee. More information is available here: Teacher Certification Information.
Advanced Certificate Coordinator
Chairperson of Art and Design Education