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Fine Arts Education


Do you remember your first art class? Do you recall 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?

Are you artistically inclined but not sure how your talents could be applied toward an academic major or how they would fit in with your future career goals?

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.

With mentoring from professors who are artists themselves – and 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 their field:

  • Developing curriculum, based on changes in the art world
  • Publishing and presenting innovative art and educational approaches
  • Traveling internationally to research the impact of arts programs on children in conflict-ravaged parts of the world, as well as in high-needs areas that are closer to home

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 teach their courses in New York City and set up visits to galleries and museums, often arranging private tours and meetings with artists.

On campus, there are numerous opportunities to showcase your work 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. Museum education activities are integrated into all art education courses.

When it comes time to put your skills to work in the classroom, you'll benefit from challenging, clinically rich internships and field and student teaching experiences, thanks to Hofstra's extensive networks on Long Island and in New York City public schools. In fact, Hofstra students pass the New York assessment required for initial teacher certification (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 critique, 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 exceeds the 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. This has resulted in a remarkable teacher placement rate of close to 100%.

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 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 many 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

Juniors and seniors 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 must also complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork as well as student teaching.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

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

  • Bellmore-Merrick Public School District
  • Comsewogue School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Glen Cove Public School District
  • Harborfields Central School District
  • Huntington School District
  • Manhasset School District
  • Northport-East Northport School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Sag Harbor School District
  • Syosset School District
  • Teach for America
  • Valley Stream 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 areas such 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:

  • Antioch University
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New York University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
93% are employed, grad school or both
95% accept a position within six months
$50K median salary*
Get More Info on Program Outcomes
*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation


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 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 semester 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 engaged student teaching are:

  • Baldwin School District
  • Farmingdale School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Herricks Union Free School District
  • Levittown School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Port Washington School District
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Uniondale School District
  • Westbury 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 have an impact on young lives. Students also participate in professional events and conferences, including the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference.

Meet Kristi Rivera, BSEd in 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 a master's degree here, she continues to create art, and recently staged a campus exhibition of her work.

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