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6 Tips on How I Become an Elementary School Art Teacher

How do I become an elementary school art teacher? – You probably already know that an elementary education teacher helps to guide the children within her class in both the academic and social areas. She helps them learn to socialize endeavoring to lay a foundation for success in later life. These are the basics. If you want to know how do I become an elementary school art teacher, then there is even more to do to prepare to fulfill your future role.Here we will cover some of the basics of what you need to do to teach art to elementary age students:1. To begin with, you will definitely need your own formal education. Very few places allow teachers to teach without credentials, including a college degree. Indeed, more and more are wanting a master’s degree. Beyond this formal education you will need to obtain whatever licenses and/or certificates are needed within the state where you will teach.2. In addition to the basic elementary teacher requirements, an elementary art teacher may just find it’s good sense to get one of the following degrees as well. It could be any good arts degree available such as a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, visual arts or even studio arts. You may just want to check with the state where you plan to teach and see if they require a specific arts degree.3. In your search for the school from which to receive your formal art education, take the following things into consideration. Start with seeing if any of your potential instructors have worked in the same area you are endeavoring to enter – elementary school. This will be a big bonus. If it’s at all possible, get to know these potential instructors and even sit in on some of their classes.4. If that works out then the next thing you should do is see what kind of help they will give you after you graduate. Do they have a department or counselor in this potential art school that will help you find a job after you graduate with your degree? They just might charge for this additional service so be sure to find out what the school’s rates are for this job placement service.5. Beyond this, you will want to talk to former students that have graduated from the school for their testimonials if the school will let you have some names. Most schools will have several people you can talk to about their program. Try to learn all you can about the school, teachers and job placement service to help you make a decision.6. Getting your degree is not just enough, though one would assume you do have an affinity for the subject or you would not have pursued it. You must love art as well so that you are able to lead your elementary school students with enthusiasm as well as knowledge through their art lessons.We hope the above points have helped you to answer your question of how do I become an elementary school art teacher. It is through obtaining the required degrees and certifications including an art degree. Once you have done so you will find yourself on an amazing adventure in helping all your students to more easily express themselves and perhaps to love art as much as you do.Copyright 2007 Sandra Wilson