Teacher Preparation Program (TPP)

The teacher preparation program is intended for post-baccalaureate students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in studio art seeking initial licensure as art educators. The 24-credit course requirements can be completed in two, three, or more semesters, depending on the needs of the individual student.

The curriculum focuses primarily on pedagogical theory and pre-practicum and practicum (fieldwork) experience. Students have the opportunity to teach in MassArt's Saturday Studios program, designing Saturday morning art classes for students in grades 4 through 12, offering a unique chance to gain classroom experience before they move on to complete the final piece of their post-baccalaureate program, the student teacher practicum.

Candidates for the program must demonstrate competencies in areas specified by the state department of education. Teaching licensure in Massachusetts requires passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Candidates for the teacher preparation program who are planning to seek licensure are encouraged to pass MTEL tests (both the Communications and Literacy Skills test and Visual Arts test) before they apply for admission.

Application to all MassArt's Graduate Programs is online, including portfolio submissions.

  • Application and fee
  • Portfolio
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Letters of reference

The following materials must be sent to MassArt:

  • Official college transcripts

Graduate international students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Official evaluations of all educational records
  • English translation of transcripts

Mail to:

The Office of Admissions
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 USA


January 15 for fall term admittance.
Application Fee: $75


phone: (617) 879-7166