How to Become an Art Teacher in Texas

Jul 02, 2020

Teaching art can be a rewarding way to pursue your passion while setting up a new generation of artists. If you'd like to learn how to be certified in Texas as an art teacher, this article will explain the steps that should be taken.

Requirements for Art Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for All Other Teachers in Texas (2019)* $51,130
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Art, Visual Art, Studio Art
Testing Requirements TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) and TExES Art EC-12 (178)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Education

Education is key to being a successful teacher. In Texas, you'll want to seek a bachelor's degree first. This can sometimes include the educator preparation program (EPP) that is essential for certification. If you want to become an art teacher, you'll want to consider your degree programs carefully. As an art teacher, studio art will be more helpful to you than art history or even digital art. This is because many art teachers have classrooms to which students will come to work on projects, and knowledge of applied art techniques would be much more useful. Some of the courses you may come across include sculpture, elementary/secondary art education, visual arts, drawing, ceramics, bookmaking, color theory, and printmaking.

Another option you'll want to consider is whether or not this is directed toward future teachers. Some colleges have degree programs that provide all required steps to become certified teachers. This means that the EPP has been integrated into the art degree program. You will take courses in important educational elements and complete a student teaching practicum. This is important to understand the ins and outs of teaching in the classroom and what will work for you as an art teacher. If you do not have an integrated program, several Texas-approved EPP programs can be taken separately.

Step 2: Complete TExES Exams

To prove that you learned what is necessary in your EEP or education, you'll need to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12. With 100 multiple-choice questions covering basic classroom environments, teachers' responsibilities, and student assessment, you'll be able to prove to the Teaching Education Agency (TEA) that you learned what you needed to in your EPP or program. There is a $131 fee to take this exam.

You will also need to take the TExES Art EC-12 exam. This 5-hour exam tests you on several art domains:

  • Creating art
  • Art, culture, and history
  • Analysis of art
  • Art education

With this exam, you'll be tested to ensure you can teach all grades from early childhood through high school graduation. Like the previous test, there are 100 multiple-choice questions that you will need to answer. This test is given on the computer.

Step 3: Complete a Background Check

All teachers in Texas must be fingerprinted for safety reasons. These fingerprints are used to complete a criminal history background check with the FBI. Though this may seem overly precautionary, this is a common practice with teachers in many states. It will cost roughly $50 to be fingerprinted and have the background check performed.

Art Teacher Certification Resources for Texas

So often, teachers need resources and help with their own exams and tests. Education doesn't end just because you're now teaching. The following links can help you in your TExES studies.

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