Careers in Art Education

K-12 Art Teacher in a public, private or charter school: The most traditional way of using your degree in Art Education, you can teach art in a public, private or charter school.

Online Teacher: Online education has become quite popular in recent years – and some of these hire art teachers.

Preschool (or daycare) Teacher: In many states, your multi-age teaching license qualifies you to teach at a preschool or daycare facility.

Teacher of private lessons to adults or kids: Set your own schedule teaching private art lessons in your own home or studio.

After-school program teacher: There are many organizations to keep kids off the streets and involving them in worthwhile activities. Some of these programs are purely art-based, while others have more well-rounded programs.

Director of Education at art museums: Those with Art Education degrees are often sought out by both large and small art museums to teach classes both for children and adults.

Non-profit Arts Organization Administrator: With a background in Art Education, you can start a non-profit arts organization – it could relate to teaching, public artworks, or arts advocacy.

Teacher at non-traditional organizations: Although they may be volunteer positions, consider asking these organizations if you could teach art classes: assisted living homes, senior centers, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, pregnancy resource centers, women's shelters, etc.

Guest Artist: Let people know of your expertise in a specialized art discipline or a particular impressive lesson you teach. You could share your talent with schools, as well as youth groups, boy and girl scouts, 4H clubs, etc.

Tutor: As a licensed teacher with an Art Education degree you are qualified to tutor students in all grade levels, no matter the subject.

Teaching Assistant: With your degree, you are qualified to work as a teacher's assistant.

Substitute Teacher: Although substitute teaching isn’t the first option on a teacher's list, for someone with an Art Education degree, substituting is a way to get your foot in the door, as well as practice your classroom management.

Fine Artist: Draw, paint, or create whatever art you want to create! By exhibiting your work in galleries and competing in juried shows, you can make a name for yourself. Other opportunities should follow.

Retail Craft Coordinator: Many Arts & Crafts supply stores employ a craft coordinator to organize community classes, in-store events, and demonstrations, as well as help customers coordinate seasonal, holiday, bridal, etc. decorating and ideas.

Writer: If you are a decent writer, document your experiences in teaching Art, lesson-planning or classroom management, and send to various publishers - books, magazines, or free-lance websites. You could also consider authoring and illustrating children's books about art.

Art Supply Consultant: Work as a consultant with an art supply catalog or a supply store, where you can share your expertise in materials and classroom needs.