Art Teacher Qualifications
There are different educational qualifications for art teachers depending on the level and type of institution you are interested in pursuing. For public K-12 schools, art teachers are required to have at least a bachelors degree with an emphasis in education and obtain a teaching license. You can obtain an art teacher's license either by earning a bachelors degree in art education or getting a bachelors in a different subject and then earning a master of arts in teaching. Many states require all new teachers to earn a masters degree within a limited period in order to keep their licensure. Some private K-12 schools have different requirements for art teachers, though a bachelors degree is still the minimum qualification. Private schools may hire art teachers with a degree in an unrelated field and may not necessarily require licensure. If you're interested in teaching art at the collegiate level, you will need a masters degree. Most colleges do not require licensure in their qualifications.
It important for an art teacher to be patient, dedicated, and possess strong instructional and communication skills. Creativity and a certain level of artistic proficiency are also important qualifications for art teachers.
Gaining experience in school prior to looking for a position as an art teacher can be very beneficial. Internships can be found at schools, galleries, museums, and after school programs. If you're looking to teach K-12, it is good to have some experience working with kids. A well developed portfolio can also be a great asset in beginning a career as an art teacher.
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