Those working on becoming licensed to teach art can join the Art Education Association of Indiana. They'll also need to complete an art education program and pass several related tests.
Requirements for Certification as an Indiana Art Teacher
|Average Salary for Indiana Teachers (2016)*||$26,900 (Preschool Teachers**); $46,760 (Kindergarten Teachers**); $49,250 (Elementary School Teachers**); $51,400 (Middle School Teachers**); $51,870 (Secondary School Teachers**)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Degree Field||Visual Art Education|
|Testing Requirements||Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA); Indiana Core P-12 Education; Indiana Core Fine Arts- Visual Arts|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; ** Salaries do not include Special Education or Career/Technical Education.
The Required Art Teacher Education
Future art educators in Indiana should complete an art education program from an accredited university. Students take courses in visual arts, such as printmaking, ceramics, and painting. In addition, this program may offer courses in the philosophical foundations of art education, building curriculum, and teaching art to special students. Many programs require a C or better grade in art-specific courses. As part of the final semester, students spend time in an established art classroom with a mentor teacher.
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The Required Certification Exams
Even before entering into a teacher education program, Indiana requires all its future educators to take a basic skills exam called the Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). It takes over four hours to complete this exam, and candidates have to receive at least a 220 score on all three subtests. The reading subtest focuses on the candidates' grasp of word structure, the meaning of unfamiliar words, finding the main topics in a piece of writing, as well as the purpose of the piece. The writing subtest checks for focused writing that includes a thesis and clean grammar. Lastly, the mathematics subtest includes fractions, integers, algebraic equations, and geometry. The reading and math sections are both made up of 40 multiple-choice questions, while the writing section is 42 multiple-choice questions and one essay assignment.
Because art teachers will work in preschool through grade 12 classrooms, they also have to accomplish a 220 score on the Indiana Core P-12 Education exam. This computer-based exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions, and it can take 105 minutes to finish. The questions focus on student development, student diversity in the classroom, learning processes, planning lessons, developing assessment martials, reading instruction, and professionalism in a school.
Finally, to prove their knowledge of art, these teachers have to pass the Indiana Core Fine Arts-Visual Arts exam with a 220 score. Test-takers are given 105 minutes. The 100 multiple-choice questions cover the elements of art, art media and processes, art history, and art education.
The Required Suicide Prevention Training
The Indiana General Assembly requires all teachers to complete suicide prevention and response training. There is the Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference, as well as other resources, available for teachers who need to meet this requirement. This includes looking for signs of depression, responding to a crisis, and even bringing suicide into the curriculum as a way to raise awareness.
Links to Help Indiana Art Educators
To help with the basic skills assessment, as well as the P-12 Education assessment, these links provide study materials.