Ohio Art Teacher Preparation Programs

Learn what qualifications you need to become an art teacher in Ohio. Get to know what you will learn when studying to become an art teacher and read about the various art teacher preparation programs in Ohio. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

To become an art teacher in Ohio, you can either get a bachelor's or master's degree in art education, or you can augment your visual arts degree with a post-graduate teaching preparation program. Read on to learn more about these options.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Become an Art Teacher in Ohio?

Like in other states, art teachers in public schools in Ohio need at least a bachelor's degree with a major in visual arts. They would also need to have undergone a teacher preparation program, either as part of their degree or as a post-baccalaureate qualification that prepares graduates for licensure in teaching. If you already have a bachelor's degree in visual arts, you could also move on to a master's degree in art education that will also prepare you for teaching licensure.

The state does not regulate private-school teachers, but they would also typically need a bachelor's degree with a major in art education.

What Will I Learn in a Bachelor's or Post-Baccalaureate Program?

In the visual arts component of the bachelor's program, you will learn about the fundamentals of form and color, as well as drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and digital imaging. You will also learn about art history and how art is part of human culture and achievement.

In the post-baccalaureate program as well as in the education part of your bachelor's degree, you will learn how to impart information to children of varying ages, backgrounds and abilities. Programs will also have a practical aspect where you will do some real-life teaching under the supervision of a mentor teacher.

Which Schools in Ohio Offer Bachelor's and Post-Baccalaureate Programs to Become an Art Teacher?

These schools all offer both the bachelor's program in art education as well as a post-baccalaureate for teaching licensure in Ohio. The programs are all accredited with Ohio's Department of Higher Education.

  • The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University offers a bachelor's degree with a major in art education as well as a post-baccalaureate in education.
  • Capital University in Columbus has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in art education and a post-degree program for education licensure.
  • Central State University in Wilberforce offers a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and its Department of Professional Education offers a post-baccalaureate route to teacher licensure.

What Will I Learn in My Master's Program in Art Education?

You will typically cover topics such as art education research, how various art materials can be used for educational purposes, how to plan an art class curriculum for students of various ages and how to assess their work, as well as multicultural art education.

Many schools will also arrange access to a variety of art galleries and museums and will provide opportunities for you to exhibit your own work.

What Master's Programs in Art Education Are on Offer in Ohio?

These master's programs will all prepare graduates for teaching licensure in Ohio. They are also accredited with Ohio's Department of Higher Education.

  • The University of Akron offers a Master of Science that prepares students for multi-age visual arts teaching licensure.
  • Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati has a Master of Arts where the student can major in teaching either art or music.
  • The University of Toledo offers two master's programs: one for licensed teachers who want to learn how to teach art, and one for students who want to earn a license together with a master's degree in art education.

How Do I Get Art Teacher Licensure in Ohio?

Once you have your degree (and maybe a post-baccalaureate) as described above, you have to pass the required Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to obtain a license to teach in public schools. Art teachers are required to pass both the multi-age (prekindergarten through grade 12) professional knowledge exam and the art exam. After passing, you apply for your initial teaching license, which is valid for four years.

Teachers in private schools in Ohio do not typically have to be licensed.

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