STEP is a unique, five-year, combined bachelor’s/ master’s program for undergraduate students preparing to teach at the childhood and adolescent grade levels. The continuity and cohesiveness of the graduate and undergraduate aspects of the program make the curriculum both economical and comprehensive.
The structure of STEP is particularly effective in meeting the needs of the transfer student. Most students entering the program at the junior level have a three-year course of study, which takes them through their master’s degree in education; other students who major in one of the natural sciences or math may take longer. These students should consult with the appropriate academic adviser prior to enrollment to see exactly how long it will take to meet all requirements.
Curriculum and Instruction in conjunction with the Department of Art and Art History
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education prepares students to be innovative, skilled, caring professional artist-teachers for diverse learners across a range of educational settings including schools, museums, community-based organizations and other alternative educational sites. The program works with progressive approaches to art and design education as a means of encouraging new connections between theoretical knowledge, everyday experiences, contemporary issues in the arts, and personal and social transformation.
At Adelphi, teaching art and design is viewed as a creative process that is fostered by intensive studio preparation within an interdisciplinary context. Students learn a range of ways to make, present, interpret, and teach art and other forms of visual culture as well as how to collaborate across a variety of disciplines and communities in the process. It also prepares graduates to be advocates for the arts in a global, culturally diverse, and technological world.
The BFA in Art Education leads to a New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Visual Arts and students are eligible for employment in Pre-K through 12th grade schools. Degree requirements are consistent with NAEA and NCATE standards as well as NY State Education Department requirements establishing Adelphi as a leading undergraduate program in Art and Design Education.
The program has a growing list of partners and projects in the Long Island and New York City Metro area as well as internationally. These include:
Other projects are developed in response to student, faculty and alumni interests and include exhibition opportunities and visiting lecturers in the arts and education.
Graduates of the art and design education major may enter careers other than teaching. Opportunities exist with art foundations, museums, art centers, art galleries, organizations that develop art teaching materials, and in the design field. Other job options may be available with government agencies and in other non-profit and for-profit organizations.
The Bachelor of Science in Music Education is a 4- and 5- year program that leads to Pre-K-12 Certification in Music from the New York State Education Department.
NOTE: Students must apply through the College of Arts and Sciences.