Art Teacher Certification Requirements Arizona

Oct 20, 2021

The Certification Unit of the Arizona Department of Education allows art teachers to work with a variety of students and grade levels, from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. These educators may teach basic art (such as drawing), music, dance, or theater.

Arizona Art Teacher Certification Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Arizona (2019)* $45,600 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$45,120 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education);
$50,320 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Art and Education
Testing Requirements APK: Elementary;
APK: Secondary;
NES: Art;
Constitutions of the United States and Arizona

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

In order to teach in Arizona, candidates must complete a teacher preparation program at an accredited/approved institution. Prospective PreK-12 art teachers have a variety of options based on their previous education. Those entering college can pursue a bachelor's degree in art education. Candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree can pursue either a post-baccalaureate certificate or a master's degree in arts education. These programs will include courses on topics such as classroom management, assessments, child and adolescent development, and technology in the classroom. Arizona also requires PreK-12 art teachers to complete a course in the methods of teaching art at the elementary level as well as a course designed for the secondary level.

Step 2: Pass Necessary Testing Requirements for Certification

To earn an endorsement to teach art, applicants should first pass Arizona's basic skills tests. These tests include:

  • Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
  • Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary

Each exam costs $95 and requires a score of 220 to pass. Test takers can expect both tests to consist of 100 multiple-choice questions, as well as a written portion that focuses on a case study and one work product assignment.

Step 3: Demonstrate Subject Knowledge

To demonstrate subject area knowledge, Arizona offers candidates several options. A bachelor's (or higher) degree in art/art education or 30 semester hours in art will satisfy this requirement. Candidates also have the option of taking the National Evaluation Series: Art exam. This computer-based exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates must score a minimum of 220 to pass. A testing fee of $95 is also required.

Step 4: Complete Coursework Regarding Constitution

All teachers in Arizona, including art teachers, have to either complete courses on the US and Arizona constitutions or pass the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test with a score of 240. Teachers have three years after they become certified to complete this requirement. This test costs $90 and assesses their knowledge of national and state educational standards and requirements.

Step 5: Pass Background Checks and Fingerprint Clearance

As is common when working with children, there is a background check with the Arizona Department of Public Safety that costs $65 and results in the fingerprint clearance card that is needed for certification.

Links for Art Teacher Certification

The links below provide tips for how to successfully study for the National Evaluation Series tests, as well as practice questions.

  • AEPA Assessment of Professional Knowledge - Elementary: Practice & Study Guide
  • AEPA Assessment of Professional Knowledge - Secondary: Practice & Study Guide
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