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Fine Arts Education


Do you remember your first art class? The creative spark you felt, and the art teacher who helped you see the world differently and turn that vision into a work of art?

Imagine a career as an artist who transforms lives of young people by sharing your passion on the canvas and in the classroom. A degree in Fine Arts Education from Hofstra will help you discover your artistic voice and help others do the same. This program encourages you to continue to pursue your own artistic aspirations even as you pursue a career in teaching.

Under the mentorship of professors who are artists themselves, with a combination of fine arts, art history and education courses, you'll develop an understanding of the role of art in the cognitive and emotional development of children and adolescents.

Our program embraces basic art traditions and materials as well as the evolving forms of popular art and culture, and our faculty are on the cutting-edge of the field, traveling internationally to research the impact of arts programs on children in conflict-ravaged parts of the world.

Our location just 25 miles outside New York City means you're just a short train ride from some of the best museums, galleries and studios in world. Besides exploring the city's rich cultural resources on your own, our professors routinely integrate visits to galleries and museum into your classes, often arranging private tours and meetings with artists.

On campus, there are numerous opportunities to showcase your work on campus as part of the program. Another asset for art education students is the Hofstra University Museum of Art. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum has a permanent collection of 5,000 works in varied media dating from the ancient to the contemporary, and it plans a calendar of diverse exhibitions and programming throughout the calendar year, including a robust schedule of programs for schoolchildren.

When it comes time to put your skills to work in the classroom, you'll get challenging, clinically-rich internships, field and student teaching experience, thanks to Hofstra's extensive networks among in Long Island and New York City public school. In fact, Hofstra students pass the New York assessment required for initial teacher certification - called the edTPA - at a higher rate than the state average. That means you'll graduate better prepared than most to guide the artistic journey of students in grades K-12.


Art education students at Hofstra develop skills of observation, interpretation, and judgment of exhibitions, often through field trips, discussion, writing and creative projects. They learn to recognize and nurture student talent and work with varying abilities to learn. Our program conforms with standards for art teacher preparation published by the National Art Education Association, the New York State Art Education Association, and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.

Students graduate with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the fine arts which - together with fundamental courses in education - will lead to public school teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects the program. The program includes classes that specialize in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography and sculpture, as well as psychology, educational technology and the philosophy of education. Students also study Western and non-Western art history and choose from a large number of electives, including watercolor techniques, metalsmithing, digital photography, and furniture design.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BSEd in Fine Arts Education Requirements

Upperclassmen benefit from the services of the Office of Field Placement, which is responsible for accepting and evaluating requests for field observations, clinical experiences, and student teaching. The Office of Educational Support Services is a resource that provides certification information related to Hofstra University's New York State approved teacher, administrative and pupil personnel preparation programs. Students in programs that lead to New York teacher certification also must complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork as well as student teaching.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra's Art Education program enjoys a high success rate of placing students in jobs after graduation – both in full-time positions and also as replacements for teachers on temporary leave. Among the places where our recent graduates have secured jobs include:

  • Teach for America
  • East Meadow (NY) School District
  • Garden City (NY) School District
  • Israel Teaching Fellows
  • Hunter College Campus Schools
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Long Beach (NY) School District

Find out more about how we prepare our students to excel on the New York state assessment required for teacher certification.

Many of our art education graduates go on to obtain additional certification in such areas as special education, educational technology, and English as a Second Language (ESL), to serve as even greater assets to schools. Among the institutions where our graduates are pursuing advanced degrees:

  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Drexel University
  • Hofstra University
  • Bank Street College of Education
100% are employed, grad school or both
91% accept a position within six months
$54K median salary
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Student in Class

Our recently renovated facilities include diverse, high-tech labs and studios:

  • A state-of-the art-computer lab staffed by a full-time technician.
  • Fully equipped wood, metal and welding shops, as well as carving and plaster studios.
  • A ceramics studio – one of the most popular areas in the department – that is an impressive light, airy and well-equipped space.
  • Painting, drawing, sculpture and new media, graphic design and industrial design studios.
  • A professional-level photography studio where students take a full-spectrum of photography courses and engage in traditional darkroom processes and the latest digital technologies.
  • Two 3D printers
  • A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine that uses computers to control the movement of equipment.

Take a video tour of Photo Studio (Video):


Internships/Fieldwork/Student Teaching

Fieldwork provides an opportunity to put theory into practice. Students are placed in a variety of classroom settings across the full range of grades and ability levels covered by the student's area of certification. Fieldwork is completed at sites arranged by the Office of Field Placement within the School of Education.

Student teaching is a period of guided professional development, when students assume increasing responsibility for all of the activities involved in actual classroom teaching. It is an opportunity to integrate and apply, in a field-based setting, the knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired during the professional sequence. We also offer a program in which students complete their student teaching in the fall and then transition into a paid internship with the same school during the spring semester. Among the schools and districts where our recent students have interned, done fieldwork and/or student teaching are:

  • Syosset (NY) School District
  • Baldwin (NY) School District
  • Farmingdale (NY) School District
  • Rockville Centre (NY) School District
  • Uniondale (NY) School District
  • Levittown(NY) School District


art gallery

Fine Arts Education at Hofstra supports innovation and creativity. The program gives students opportunities to learn about art, develop their own talent, and visit the world famous galleries and museums of New York City, while preparing for a career in teaching where they will impact young lives.  Students also participate in professional events and conferences, including the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference.

Meet Kristi Rivera BSEd Fine Arts Education ‘18, MA Curriculum Design


On the strength of her bachelor's degree at Hofstra, Kristi secured a full-time art teaching position at Weber Middle School in the Port Washington, NY, school district. As she pursues her master's degree here, she continues to create art, and recently staged a campus exhibition of her work.