Art Teacher

Art teachers may work in any grade level from pre-school through college, encouraging students to discover how to express themselves creatively. This teaching position encompasses developing activities, writing lesson plans, teaching theory classes and evaluating student work. Most art teachers work in pre-school through high school using a variety of mediums and methods.

For most private and public teaching positions, a bachelor’s degree in elementary or secondary education with a focus in art is the minimum requirement. College teachers need a minimum of a master’s degree in art and/or education. Whether teaching in elementary, secondary or postsecondary positions, an elevated degree typically translates into higher salaries and greater job stability.

Every state requires the examination and certification of public school teachers. Each state has different requirements, but national certification is also available through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Art Teacher Job Description

Art teachers provide opportunities for students to utilize different types of mediums such as painting, charcoal, computer art design, printmaking and sculpting. They often spend a brief amount of time explaining history and techniques with students, offer directions for completing projects, evaluate student progress and assign grades.

Art teachers may perform any or all of the following tasks:

  • Develop lesson plans
  • Lecture and teach
  • Provide instruction for creative projects
  • Evaluate student art work and assign grades
  • Plan for and oversee student art work displays
  • Communicate effectively with parents
  • Work cooperatively with other teachers
  • Participate in continued education training, as required

Teaching art requires patience and the ability to work hands-on with students of various ages.

Art Teacher Salary

University level teachers, in general, can expect an increase in employment opportunities through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is anticipated that this profession will grow by 15%, which is greater than average compared to other professions. Art teachers, in public and private school, are expected to be hired at an average growth rate of about 12%, depending on geographic region.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average income for a public school teacher is around $51,000 with an annual salary range of $44,000 to $58,000, depending on region and education level.

Advanced degrees and teaching experience both substantially affect possible income level and tenure opportunities for all levels of art teachers.

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