How to Become an Art Teacher

If you want to be an art teacher, your first question will probably be, “how do I get started?” To develop the important skills to become an art education teacher and begin a successful career, the following steps should be followed carefully.

  1. Earn a Bachelor’s degree in art or a related field
    Prior to seeking a career in art education you must first make a commitment to learn the foundations of the industry through a traditional bachelor’s degree program.
  2. Pursue higher education by completing a graduate art education program
    Most schools today require their teachers earn a bachelor’s degree as well as a masters degree.
  3. Obtain a teaching license
    Once you graduate, you will be required to obtain a teaching license prior to working in the classroom. Because requirements vary state to state, make sure you understand the guidelines that will apply to you.
  4. Develop a wide range of artistic skills
    A teacher must be inspired to in turn inspire their students and one of the best ways to keep your methods fresh is to explore and push your own artistic skills.
  5. Research, apply for and obtain a permanent teaching position
    Finally, take the time to find a school and position that’s best for you. And, go for it!

While these steps must be taken, it’s important to remember that there’s more to becoming an art education teacher than going through a formal education process. There are certain personality traits and characteristics that you’ll want to consider before committing to a masters degree program. Below you’ll find the fundamental driving forces behind any successful art teacher. Determining where you personally fit within these characteristics will give you insightful perspective on what to expect.

  • A Passion for Art
    This passion is what will inspire your students to want to learn and in turn make you successful.
  • Desire to Share Your Love of Art
    You must be able to translate your passion for art to successfully communicate the latest methods, techniques and technologies to your classes.
  • Inspiring and Motivational
    Through your passion for art, you must create a captivating learning environment that will not only engage your students in art making, but also push them to exceed expectations.
  • Open and Accepting
    Art is about expression. It’s a unique, fluid experience that means something different to everyone. The ability to be open minded encourages students to explore their talent beyond what they may have done otherwise.

Last revised on: June 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

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  2. Lauren says:

    I’m interested in becoming an art teacher, but i already have a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Do i need to get a bachelor’s in art before applying to a Masters program? I don’t know where to start on this career path but art has always been a passion of mine.. Help!

  3. Kristin says:


    I currently teach elementary art at a private school but I would like to become credentialed so that I can teach at a public school and also teach high school art. However, I have a BA in English and an MA in English as well, not in art or art education. Would I still be able to apply to this MA in Art Ed online and have a chance of acceptance? Thank you!

  4. khosko says:

    Thank you for your question. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in art education, studio art, design, or art history are encouraged to apply for the program, but admission is also based on work experience. Please note that this program does not certify you to become a teacher. I recommend that you check with your state Department of Education for the requirements necessary for certification. For additional admission requirements, please visit the website link:, or contact us at 1-877-273-1290.

    Thank you!

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