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Working As An Art Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Art Teacher Do

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading. 

Duties

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students subjects, such as reading, science, social studies, and math
  • Teach students how to study and communicate with others
  • Observe students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class of students or to smaller groups
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or recess

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills. For example, they may demonstrate how to do a science experiment and then have the students conduct the experiment themselves. They may have students work together to learn how to collaborate to solve problems.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers generally teach kindergarten through fourth or fifth grade. However, in some schools, elementary school teachers may teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. They typically teach students several subjects throughout the day.

Some teachers may teach in a multilevel classroom that includes students across two or more grades. They may teach the same group of students for several years.

Kindergarten and elementary school students spend most of their day in one classroom. Teachers may escort students to assemblies; to classes taught by other teachers, such as art or music; or to recess. While students are away from the classroom, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers may work in subject specialization teams in which they teach one or two specific subjects, either English and social studies or math and science. Generally, students spend half their time with one teacher and half their time with the other.

Some kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

Some schools employ teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Both of these types of teachers work exclusively with students who are learning the English language, often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). The teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and to help them with assignments from other classes.

Students with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioral disorders are often taught in traditional classes. Kindergarten and elementary teachers work with special education teachers to adapt lesson plans to these students’ needs and monitor the students’ progress. In some cases, kindergarten and elementary school teachers may co-teach lessons with special education teachers.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students in higher grades, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information or to expand on a lesson taught in class.

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Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Art Teacher Career Paths

Art Teacher
Artist Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Artist Owner Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Manager Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Tutor Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Team Leader Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Manager Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
High School Teacher Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Principal Education Director
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
High School Teacher Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Leader Program Director Camp Director
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
High School Teacher Adjunct Faculty Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Assistant Superintendent
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Art Educator 4.8 years
Bilingual Teacher 4.6 years
Music Teacher 4.3 years
Fine Arts Teacher 3.9 years
Teacher 3.9 years
Head Teacher 3.4 years
Art Instructor 3.0 years
Art Teacher 3.0 years
Peer Teacher 2.9 years
Drama Teacher 2.9 years
Art Coordinator 2.6 years
Literacy Teacher 2.3 years
Co-Teacher 1.7 years
Art Assistant 1.6 years
Student Teacher 0.7 years
Top Careers Before Art Teacher
Teacher 13.3%
Internship 6.4%
Artist 5.2%
Volunteer 4.6%
Instructor 3.8%
Assistant 2.7%
Cashier 2.6%
Tutor 2.4%
Top Careers After Art Teacher
Teacher 14.7%
Artist 6.6%
Internship 5.2%
Volunteer 4.3%
Instructor 4.2%
Cashier 3.0%
Tutor 2.7%
Owner 2.6%

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Art Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

65.9%

Male

23.5%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.7%

French

10.7%

Italian

6.3%

Chinese

5.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

German

4.4%

Korean

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Russian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.1%

Hebrew

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Hindi

1.5%

Cantonese

1.2%

Greek

0.9%

Urdu

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Tagalog

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%
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Art Teacher Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

7.8%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.9%

New York University

6.5%

Academy of Art University

6.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

6.0%

Lesley University

6.0%

Pratt Institute-Main

5.6%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

5.0%

Wayne State University

4.5%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.5%

Temple University

4.4%

Montclair State University

4.4%

Maryland Institute College of Art

4.0%

University of the Arts

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

University of North Texas

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

3.4%

University of Houston

3.3%
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Majors

Fine Arts

24.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

17.8%

Graphic Design

10.3%

Elementary Education

9.3%

Education

8.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

3.1%

Special Education

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Photography

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.5%

Business

2.3%

Rehabilitation Science

2.2%

English

1.9%

Theatre

1.8%

Early Childhood Education

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Communication

1.4%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.3%

Social Work

1.1%

Design And Visual Communication

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.4%

Masters

31.1%

Other

15.7%

Certificate

4.9%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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The national average salary for an Art Teacher in the United States is $53,982 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Art Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Art Teacher Montessori School of Manhattan, LLC. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $83,480
Outreach Art Teacher Great Neck Center for Visual & Performing Arts, In Great Neck, NY Jan 17, 2011 $83,480
Art Teacher Great Neck Center for Visual & Performing Arts Great Neck, NY Jan 17, 2011 $83,480
Art Specialist (Teacher) The British International School of New York New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $80,990
Art Teacher German International School New York White Plains, NY Mar 08, 2016 $76,821
Art Teacher Brooklyn Friends School New York, NY Jun 17, 2013 $71,100
Art Teacher and CAS Coordinator EF International Academy, Inc. Tarrytown, NY May 25, 2012 $65,000
Art Teacher Baltimore Montessori Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 25, 2015 $64,801
Upper School Technology Integrator and Digital Arts Teacher Brooklyn Friends School New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $64,740
Secondary School IB Art Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Feb 02, 2016 $62,500 -
$65,500
SR. Art Teacher Soho Art Education Center Co. Fremont, CA Sep 15, 2013 $49,587
Art Therapy Teacher Shoumikhininc Herndon, VA Jun 07, 2012 $49,100
Art Teacher Montessori Children's School San Luis Obispo, CA Oct 01, 2012 $48,731
Art Teacher Pacific Rim International School San Mateo, CA Oct 01, 2013 $48,650
Music and Art Teacher Linden Akademia, Inc. Oct 01, 2013 $48,557
Illustration and Graphic Arts Teacher Icon Art & Design Academy Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2013 $48,147
Art Teacher Spotcolor Fullerton Fullerton, CA Sep 15, 2013 $47,250
Art Teacher Academe of The Oaks Decatur, GA Jan 15, 2016 $46,830
Drama and Arts Integration Teacher Creative Minds International Public Charter School Washington, DC Sep 18, 2016 $45,230 -
$56,972
Art Teacher Phil Art Studio & Sci Toefl In Ny New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $45,142
Art Teacher Phil Art Studio & Sci Toefl In Ny New York, NY Aug 18, 2014 $45,142
Art Teacher Phil Art Stuio & Sci Toefl In Ny New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $45,142
Art Teacher Little Picasso, LLC Annandale, VA Sep 26, 2013 $45,100
Art Teacher Phil Art Studio Sci Toefl Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Dec 01, 2011 $45,000
Art Teacher Phil Art Studio Sci Toefl Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Jan 06, 2012 $45,000
Spanish and Art Teacher Henson Valley Montessori Academy Fort Washington, MD Mar 10, 2011 $44,770

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Top Skills for An Art Teacher

  1. Lesson Plans
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Art Curriculum
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  • Developed and implemented various thematic lesson plans focusing on relevant topics.
  • Demonstrated excellent classroom management techniques to ensure the safety of students and encourage maximum participation and learning.
  • Develop art curriculum lesson plans that integrate other academic subjects into instruction.
  • Worked with each child to help them expand their skills and understanding of different art media and appreciation of art history.
  • Incorporated all students including those showing interest from the Alternative High School who normally did not participate in art classes.

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