Art teachers provide students with an opportunity to explore their creative abilities. The Alabama Art Education Association aims to unite educators in the state. The association offers continuing education and leadership opportunities. This organization may be of interest to you as you learn more about the requirements for becoming an art teacher.
Alabama Art Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Alabama (2016)*||$49,120 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education); $49,310 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education); $50,060 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education with a minor in visual arts|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE): 5712, 5722, and 5732, Principles of Learning and Teacher (5622 or 5624), and Praxis subject-specific examination (5134)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements
The traditional route to obtaining teacher certification in Alabama is to enroll in an approved bachelor's degree teacher training program. The Alabama Department of Education lists all of the approved teacher training programs on their website. If you are interested in becoming an art teacher, you can pursue a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in visual arts.
Step 2: Fulfill Certification Requirements
The first examination all teaching candidates in Alabama must take is the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) examination. The examination tests your reading, writing, and mathematical knowledge. Passing scores are as follows: 156 in reading, 162 in writing, and 150 in mathematics. It should be noted that you have the choice of taking each section individually or all at once with the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (5751).
All teaching candidates also need to take the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching for P-12 Teaching Fields. You will need to take one of the following examinations: Grades K-6 (passing score is 145) or Grades 7-12 (passing score is 153).
The last examination you will need to pass is the Praxis subject-specific one for visual arts. You must earn a passing score of 154 on the Visual Arts Content Knowledge (P-12) test.
Finally, you will need to submit fingerprints to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (ASBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for criminal background checks.
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
The final step in the certification process is to apply for your Class B teaching certificate. This will give you a P-12 certification, which qualifies you to teach elementary through secondary age students.
Certification Resources for Alabama Art Teachers
These study guides could assist you in preparing for your teacher certification examinations.