How to Become an Elementary School Art Teacher

Elementary school art teachers are the key source to our future Michelangelo’s, and Picassos. They mold the young minds of the new generation in both public and private schools to hone their creative skills in an environment where students can express themselves freely and have lots of fun while learning the history and learn how to appreciate art work.  By using various materials such as clay, charcoal and pastels, paint, and sometimes even popsicle sticks and glue, children are taught different ways to create projects that show them how to appreciate the artwork around them.


What must an elementary school art teacher have in order to apply for the job? Most teachers get a Bachelors degree in either Education Science, with a focus of art or a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Along with a state license and at least one semester in a real elementary school art classroom with an already certified elementary art teacher.  To find the more specific requirements for your state however, ample information is provided free of cost online.

Popular Schools

*Popular schools for aspiring teachers to go to are as listed and in order:

  • Ashford University
  • Kaplan University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • DeVry University
  • Strayer University
  • Capella University
  • Northcentral University
  • University of the Southwest
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Post University

All have their own requirements, and some even have online learning programs for easier access and cheaper tuitions. The minimum requirements to become an art teacher are two years’ work experience as an Art Teacher. For education you can either have a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts though a Master’s degree in the Fine Arts is preferred.


*The median wage for an elementary art teacher ranges from $53,820 annually and its expected to grow about 3% to 7% between the year of 2012 to 2022.

Work Environment

Work environment varies between location and the school district that you are working for “Specials Budget”, (P.E, Music, Art, and Library). Classrooms may be packed or you can have less than twenty students per period. It’s all about location, location and location.


The duties of an elementary art school teacher encompass various areas. Children are taught different ways to create projects that show them how to appreciate the artwork around them. Demonstrating, and understanding a variety of “masters’ techniques that can be applied inside elements of design and principles of art. You must also instruct your students in the proper care and use of all equipment and to keep work stations clean. Be able to plan, present art display for the community, school, or other workplaces. Maintain communication with parents about your learner’s talents and how they progress and you must also be ready to perform other jobs that may be assigned to you by the Administration.

Your main focus however should be to help your students discover and develop their artistic abilities. Using visual and hands on tools and techniques of artistic education and learning.

Are you ready to pursue your art career? Get information on programs in your area and online using our Art School Finder form at the top of this page.