How to Become an Art Teacher?

Are you thinking of becoming an Art Teacher or already started your career and planning the next step? Learn how to become an Art Teacher, what skills you need to succeed, how to advance your career and get promoted, and what levels of pay to expect at each step on your career path. Explore new Art Teacher job openings and options for career transitions into related roles.

Steps to Become an Art Teacher

Art teachers instruct students in artistic techniques and art history. While a quality education is necessary, art teachers need skills that you can't learn in a classroom. Successful art teachers excel at communicating, fostering creativity, and advocating on behalf of their students.

Earn a Bachelor's Degree.

Most art teachers enter the field with a degree in art history or another art-related field and a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. For elementary school, you'll usually need a Bachelor's Degree in studies related to early learning in addition to your BEd.


Get your Bachelor of Education (BEd).

At many universities, you may do your BEd after your undergraduate degree or do both at the same time. During your BEd program, you will teach classes under the supervision of a certified teacher. The amount of supervised teaching time will vary depending on what province or territory you live in.


Apply for a teaching certificate.

After you have completed your BEd, you must obtain certification from your province or territory. You will have to submit proof of your educational qualifications. In addition, most provinces and territories have other requirements, such as a criminal background check.


Apply for art teaching jobs.

Once the province or territory grants you your teaching certificate, you can start applying for art teacher positions. If there aren't any available positions in your local school system, consider looking for employment with area museums or charitable organizations that offer art classes. Eventually, you'll find the position that's right for you.

Art Teacher Career Path

Art Teacher

2 - 4Years of Experience
$33K - $64K /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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Senior Art Teacher

2 - 4Years of Experience
$41K - $71K /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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3% advanced to

Adjunct Art Teacher

No Years of Experience Reports
$41K - $71K /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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Salary Trajectory

Art Teacher Career Path

Art Teacher I
Art Teacher
Senior Art Teacher
Adjunct Art Teacher
Art Teacher V
Associate Director of Art
Head Art Teacher
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38% skills overlap
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