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How to Become a Graphic Design or Art Teacher

students-sittingDo You Want to be a Graphic Design Teacher?
If you are attending graphic design school or are already employed as a graphic designer or artist you may have thought about becoming a teacher. What does it take to become an art instructor and what do you need to qualify?

The Basics
Regardless of the subject you want to teach all teachers must fulfill certain prerequisites before teaching in the public school system or at a college.

  • To teach at a college or university the usual requirement is a master's degree in the specific subject area that is to be taught.
  • To teach in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools the minimum requirement is a bachelor's degree.
  • To qualify as a teacher in the public school system or at a college you must hold a teaching license. Specific teacher's programs are available at universities, colleges, and online education centers.
  • You should be an accomplished graphic designer or artist

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What Happens in the Classroom?
students-at-desk-zoom1If you love to teach the profession of teaching can be a very rewarding experience -- you'll see your students' progress in their skills and knowledge of the arts.

The role of an art instructor can also be challenging as you think of new ways to present material, concepts, and techniques in design or art.

Teachers can work more than 40 hours a week due to the additional time spent in planning and developing class curriculum, being available for student consultations, and other outside school activities.

You must be able to communicate effectively and be socially adaptable to a variety of different cultures, backgrounds, and personalities.

To become a successful teacher you must also continue to learn and hone your own skills as an artist or graphic designer in order to keep up with the latest trends and developments in your areas of expertise.

crowd-frostedThe Job Outlook and Typical Salary for Teachers
Job openings for secondary teachers (middle school and high school) are expected to increase about 7 to 13 percent in the next 10 years. The mean annual wage for secondary teachers is $54,390.

Job openings for postsecondary teachers (college level and universities) are expected to grow 14 to 19 percent in the next ten years. The mean annual wage for full-time faculty positions at colleges was $79,439.


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Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design
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Associate Degree-Computer Graphics and Design
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AAS Graphic Design
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