Hofstra's art education programs embrace a view of art that celebrates basic art traditions and materials as well as the ever-changing forms of popular art and culture. Foundational to the program is an understanding of the role of art in the perceptual, emotional, and cognitive development of children and adolescents. An understanding of aesthetics and art history, and how these subjects can help children make meaning of and respond to their world, are central to the program. Competency in the arts as well as guiding students to be artful educators is of critical importance. Hofstra's art education students study major disciplines of the field of education, such as special education, theories of cognition and learning, and integrated learning. Additionally, literacy and information technology are incorporated throughout the program. The program prepares teachers to be strong advocates for the arts.

 

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Our graduates enjoy a variety of exciting career paths and the privilege not only of pursuing careers in art education and stimulating creativity in children and adolescents, but also of creating their own art daily. No other career in the arts offers such rich opportunities to impact young lives while allowing time for personal artistic growth. Our graduates have pursued successful careers as:

  • Elementary art educators
  • Secondary art educators
  • Adjunct professors at universities

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete each program?
Undergraduate majors typically take four years; graduate programs can be completed in as little as one calendar year, including summer sessions.
How do students network to find employment post graduation?
Many students have found employment related to student teaching opportunities. Additionally, a focus in placed on obtaining pertinent skills (i.e. interviewing) during class work.
Is there a deadline for admission?
Admission is rolling, however student are encouraged to apply early.
Are there scholarships available?
Departmental scholarship opportunities are also available, with many students considered for financial assistance just by applying to the program.
How can I find out more about Financial Aid?
There are many options available to help you meet the costs of a Hofstra Education - See more at: Student Financial Services

Hear from our Students and Alumni

Student and Alumni Profiles

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Lauren Buckheit

Lauren Buckheit
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘15

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Evangeline Christodoulou

Evangeline Christodoulou
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘05

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Chris Coffin

Chris Coffin
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘03

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Adam Gordon

Adam Gordon
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘13

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Kristine O'Malley-Levy

Kristine O'Malley-Levy
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘07

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Jenna Rinaldi

Jenna Rinaldi
B.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘13

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Christine Tyrell

Christine Tyrell
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘14

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Jennifer Voelger

Jennifer Voelger
M.S.Ed. in Fine Arts Education ‘10

Contact Us

Professor Susan Zwirn
Graduate Director, Fine Arts Education
Phone: 516-463-4976
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