The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) attracts art educators at all levels, from the United States and abroad. This program gives students access to expert faculty, resources, facilities, and expertise of world-renowned Teachers College (TC). The program aims to deepen the capacities of each student both as an artist and in their approach to teaching.

The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) considers the whole person when evaluating applicants and does not require the GRE. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Upcoming Start Date

As this is a cohort program, you have one opportunity to begin the program each year during Summer A, which is the online session.

Upcoming Semesters:

Summer A: May 18, 2023

Summer A Residency Start: July 5, 2023

Admission Requirements

Admission RequirementsTo be considered for admission, individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you earned your bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States, you must submit your higher education credentials to WES or ECE for a course-by-course evaluation. In addition, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in visual art or art education.

Teacher certification is not a prerequisite for entry into the program. Individuals who qualify as candidates include current teachers in private, public, charter, and international schools or other settings, including those who teach in studios, museums, or community organizations. We also welcome applicants who have earned teaching certification via an undergraduate program.

Application Process

We accept applications on the following admission schedule. *Please note: Applicants who submit their materials by the priority deadline are considered first for financial aid availability.

Residency Start Semester Start Application Deadline
Summer A: July 5, 2023 Summer A: May 18, 2023 Priority: April 14, 2023
Domestic: April 14, 2023
International: February 1, 2023

Application Materials

To be considered for the program, candidates should have the following:

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Must have a prior degree in visual art (baccalaureate or graduate) and/or an active art practice.
  • Is a practicing visual art educator (in any context).

As part of the application process, all candidates must submit these materials:

  • Completed online application, including $65 non-refundable application fee
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
    • WES/ECE if earned degrees from abroad.
  • Statement of purpose, reflecting professional plans and creative interests
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • CV/Resume
  • Sample of academic writing
    • No longer than 10-15 pages in length and must be research based. The sample should demonstrate your scholarly thinking, writing skills, and ability to do research and synthesize information. Examples of this can include undergraduate or graduate theses, research papers, or literature reviews. The sample may be made up of several papers. The sample may be made up of several papers.
  • Portfolio – Required:
    • Artist statement
    • 10-20 examples of personal artwork


    • Examples of student artwork and related curriculum documentation

Teacher certification is not a prerequisite for entry into the program.
No GRE or minimum GPA requirement

Instructions for Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, Examples of Personal Artwork, and CV


As part of a complete application for admission, students must submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions they have attended.

Students who have attended institutions within the United States may upload scanned copies as part of their applications to TC; these transcripts are considered unofficial, but can be used for the purpose of admission review. Students who have earned degrees from institutions outside of the United States must submit their higher education credentials to WES or ECE for a course-by-course evaluation.*

Upon enrollment, students must have their issuing institutions submit final, official copies of their transcripts directly to Teachers College via mail or secure electronic transmission.

Transcripts can be mailed to:

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
Box 302
New York, NY 10027

*Domestic students who obtained their bachelor’s degrees outside of the United States, please see the International Admission page for details about evaluation requirements. This does not pertain to students from the United States spending a semester or year abroad, i.e. “study abroad.”

Statement of Purpose

When reviewing a statement of purpose, the admission committee carefully considers the applicant’s ability to relate their background and experience to the goals of Teachers College and the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid).

Write a statement that is two to three double-spaced pages in length.

Be sure to describe:

  • Your artistic, academic, and professional background
  • Your plans for graduate school
  • Your professional goals
  • How and why you are a good fit for the program

Examples of Personal Artwork

Submit each example of your artwork as a JPEG or video. Include the following information for each example:

  • Your First Name
  • Your Last Name
  • Title of the Work
  • Date of the Work (year)
  • Medium
  • Size (in inches, height x width x depth [if applicable])
  • Duration (for time-based work)


Your resume should be a standard professional CV/resume, which could be a chronological listing of your employment and educational history, artistic and academic endeavors, and other significant activities.

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