The Connecticut Department of Education aims to give all of its students an appreciation for the arts. As an art teacher, you will expose students to creative practices like painting, drawing, pottery, and ceramics. In the article below, you'll discover specific requirements you'll need to fulfill to realize your goal of teaching art to students in Connecticut.
Requirements for Art Teachers in Connecticut
|Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)*|| $76,740 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education)
$77,250 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
$76,260 (High School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education or Art|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Art Examination|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements
If you are interested in becoming an art teacher, consider enrolling in an approved teacher training program in pursuit of your bachelor's degree. The state of Connecticut has many approved educational institutions that offer training programs.
You will need to meet a testing requirement before applying to a teacher training program. One way is to receive passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, which focuses on reading, mathematics, and writing skills. Check with your training program of interest for their passing score requirements.
The second way to meet this requirement is to earn eligible scores on the SAT, GRE, or ACT exams:
- SAT: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)
- GRE: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)
- ACT: Verbal score of 20 and math score of 17 (prior to 10/89); Verbal score of 22 and math score of 19 (on/after 10/89)
Completion of an approved teacher training program can earn you a bachelor of science in education, along with the ability to teach art to PK-12 students. You may learn about the history of art, the importance of art in schools, and art production. Possible courses can include 3-D art and the role of technology in teaching art. You will need to complete a student teaching assignment during your training program.
Step 2: Pass Certification Test
As an art teaching candidate, you will be required to take a Praxis examination to demonstrate your knowledge of art. The Art Content and Analysis examination requires a passing score of 161 and covers Grades PK-12.
You will also need to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check through Connecticut and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
After completing your education and passing your Praxis examination, you will be qualified to obtain your teaching credentials. The first license you will apply for is the initial educator certificate. It requires an application fee of $50, your college transcript, and the ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution. Your statement must have an original signature on it, along with the college's seal. Once received, your initial certificate is good for three years.
The next level of Connecticut teacher certification is the provisional educator certificate. It's good for eight years, and you will need to meet one of these conditions to receive it:
- 10 months of work experience under your initial teaching certificate
- 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of Connecticut
The final level of Connecticut teacher certification is the professional educator certificate. You must have 30 months of work experience under your provisional certificate and meet additional coursework requirements for this credential.
Certification Resources for Connecticut Art Teachers
If you are on your way to becoming an art teacher, try this study guide to prep for your teacher examinations.