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Become An Art Teacher

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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

  • $46,133

    Average Salary

What Does An Art Teacher Do

An Art Teacher is responsible for teaching knowledge and skills in art, such as drawing, painting, lettering, and art history. They evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge, and prepare progress reports.

How To Become An Art Teacher

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


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.


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.


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
High School Teacher Spanish Teacher ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Art Director Instructor Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
5 Yearsyrs
Art Therapy Specialist Therapist Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Artist Art Director Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Teacher Preschool Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Preschool Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Designer Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Lead Teacher Education Coordinator
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
High School Teacher Instructor Education Director
Educational Program Director
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Photographer Preschool Teacher Kindergarten Teacher
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Art Director Marketing Director Adjunct Professor
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Art Teacher Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Hebrew

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Polish

  • Tagalog

  • Turkish

  • Bosnian

  • Norwegian

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Real Art Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Art Teacher Great Neck Center for Visual & Performing Arts Great Neck, NY Jan 17, 2011 $83,480
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 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 -
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
Art Teacher Rolling Hills Academy, Inc. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2011 $46,430
Art Teacher (Elementary) Special School District No. 1 Minneapolis, MN Aug 12, 2012 $46,358
Art Teacher Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc. San Antonio, TX May 31, 2016 $46,000
Drama and Arts Integration Teacher Creative Minds International Public Charter School Washington, DC Sep 18, 2016 $45,230 -
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 Phil Art Studio & Sci Toefl In Ny New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $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


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Top Art Teacher Skills

  1. Weekly Lesson Plans
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Art Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed weekly lesson plans that incorporated differentiated instruction that used a variety of office programs including Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.
  • Practiced effective classroom management in an inclusive learning environment.
  • Established art curriculum fitted to state standards, implemented art curriculum, student art displays several times per year.
  • Teach students grades K-2nd art history, famous artists, and how to use different mediums used in art.
  • Provided sequential, visual art classes in all media for K-6, including special needs children.

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