What Are the Requirements to Be a High School Art Teacher?
Learn about the licensing and certification requirements to be a high school art teacher and the degrees that will qualify you to teach in a secondary school art program.
What Type of Degree Do I Need to Become a High School Art Teacher?
If you're interested in becoming a high school art teacher, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in art with approved coursework in education. You can also earn a bachelor's degree in art education. In addition to your bachelor's degree, you need to complete a teacher training program to meet your designated credits and complete a supervised teaching internship. Although this may vary, some states require you to earn a master's degree within a designated time after you start teaching.
You may choose to work and earn your master's degree part time or through distance learning. Some schools also offer a post-baccalaureate certificate program for students that already have bachelor's degrees but want to be certified as an art teacher. Earning a master's degree in art or art education provides you with a more in-depth study of art, various media, art history and the philosophy of art.
|Degree Levels||Undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in art education|
|Online Availability||Fully online degrees available|
|Professional Licensure||State licensure or certification required to teach; optional certification offered through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||8% growth (high school teachers)*|
|Median Salary (2018)||$60,320 (high school teachers)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Can I Earn My Degree Online?
If your career goal is teaching high school art, but you can't attend school on campus, you may be able to earn your degree through distance learning. To participate, you'll need a computer that meets technical specifications for online learning, Internet access and an e-mail account. Your assignments and courses may be delivered through the course website, e-mail or online chat sessions. If you have questions, you can interact with your instructors through e-mail. Online programs are a convenient way to earn your master's degree while continuing to gain teaching experience.
What About Licensing and Certification?
Once you earn your degree, you need to obtain licensing before you can teach. Testing requirements vary by state; however, many states use the Praxis system for No Child Left Behind testing and certification. You must past a basic skills test for the first part of the test. For the second part, you must pass tests in your subject area. Teaching certificates are also referred to as credentials or licenses.
You may also choose to earn professional certification as an additional credential to your teaching certificate. National certification can be obtained through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Some states allow you to use an out-of-state teaching license if you're nationally certified.
How Will the Degree Help My Career?
Once you've earned your teaching degree and obtained your teaching certificate, credential or license, you're qualified to teach art to high school students. Some art programs offer concentrations, such as digital design or three-dimensional studies, which qualify you as both an artist and a high school art teacher. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), secondary teachers could expect an employment growth of six percent from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). Employment may vary by factors, such as location, specialty and the amount of state and federal funding allocated for education.