The program is designed to allow students seeking a master’s degree to earn a certification in art (K–12) concurrently, or to pursue advanced, post-certification studies. The degree is not required for certification, and certification requirements may vary based on academic experience. Participation in Arcadia's unique Saturday STEAM program is a special feature of our program.
The degree program must be planned with an adviser to ensure that the degree and/or certification requirements are satisfied. Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program should consult with both an adviser in the Art program as well as an adviser in the School of Education.
Teacher Certification Interstate Agreements Information
Pennsylvania has signed the Interstate Agreement (NASDTEC) with most other states/jurisdictions based upon mutually agreed-upon conditions. The contract provides for acceptance of state-approved educator preparation programs between certain states to facilitate educator mobility. All jurisdictions that participate in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement may choose to have additional requirements for educators who are coming from another jurisdiction.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHER CANDIDATES: Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC or your university's certification officers or your state's office of certification. You must contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most accurate information on certification requirements.
The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For a full explanation of the agreement, participating states, and a review of specific state-by-state requirements visit the webpage for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
In addition to the general admission requirements, students must have a portfolio review. Students with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts are exempt from this requirement. Arrangements for the portfolio review can be made in the Office of Enrollment Management. Students must have appropriate prerequisites for any fine arts studio courses taken at the graduate level.