How to Become an Art Teacher in New Jersey

If you love art and want to teach students how to express themselves, consider a career as an art teacher. In New Jersey, there are specific requirements to earn certification, and we'll look at them here.

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There are more than 101,000 teachers employed at the elementary, middle, and secondary schools in New Jersey. If you would like to become one of these teachers in the subject of art, take a look at the steps needed to become a certified teacher in the Garden state.

Requirements for New Jersey Art Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in New Jersey* $65,870 (Kindergarten), $69,500 (Elementary School), $71,450 (Middle School), $76,430 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Art or Art Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712), Writing (5722), Mathematics (5732), and Art: Content Knowledge (5134) exams

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017)

Step 1: Fulfill Education Requirements

In New Jersey, prospective students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout their studies. These studies must include a professional teacher preparation program and art studies to become an art teacher. Some New Jersey colleges have combined art and teacher preparation with an art education program meant for future teachers. This program must include a student teaching internship or practicum at some point. This internship will be assessed by the department chair of your college and submitted along with your application. New Jersey requires at least 30 art course credits in your program, along with 12 upper-level art course credits. Some of the courses you may encounter as an art education major include art history, studio, sculpture, art education curriculum, pedagogy in art education, painting, and 4-D art.

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Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams are the first exams that you'll need to take to become an art teacher in New Jersey. These three exams look at your math, reading, and writing knowledge. While these tests are fairly basic, you are still expected to pass with specific scores in order for them to count toward your certificate. As these exams are individually assessed, you will receive scores for each exam. For math, you must pass with 150 or higher, writing requires a score of over 162, and the reading exam requires over 156.

The other test you will take is the Art: Content Knowledge exam. Taking this exam will allow you to be certified for all grade levels. Within two hours you will need to answer 120 multiple-choice questions. All Praxis exams are computer delivered. This exam will test you on art making and the historical and theoretical foundations of art, including materials, processes, and the Western tradition of art. You need to score 158 or higher on this exam.

Step 3: Pass Other Requirements

Along with education and testing requirements, you will need to be fingerprinted by MorphoTrust. Once you've scheduled your appointment and have been fingerprinted, a criminal background check will be run on you. This is standard in most states for teachers. You must also have knowledge of physiology and health to hold a position as a teacher. If you have military background, you are already cleared for this. Otherwise, you can take a health or biology course during college or take a 35-question T/F exam offered by the county office of education.

Certification Resources for New Jersey Art Teachers

As an art teacher in New Jersey, you'll need to spend some time testing on basic core skills and artistic methods. Below are a few links to help you get ready for these tests.

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