Arts Requirements for Educator Licensure

State Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts TeachersLicensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Alabama

Elementary Education: Candidates know and implement the core academic content and the performance indicators of the four art forms (dance, music, theatre and visual art) as the primary means of communication of ideas, inquiry-based learning, developing creativity and imagination, and engaging elementary students. [In addition, the statute identifies the knowledge and abilities in the arts that candidates must demonstrate.] (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.06) 

Social Studies Teachers: Prior to program completion, prospective teachers of any teaching field in social studies shall demonstrate: (2) Knowledge of: (i) Culture as an integrated whole that governs the functions and interaction of language, literature, arts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behavior patterns and how differing cultural assumptions may contribute to or pose obstacles to cross-cultural understanding. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3--.19)

Teachers of Gifted Students: The curriculum to prepare the prospective teacher of the gifted shall provide the teachers with: (b) Development and characteristics of learners. Prior to program completion, candidates shall demonstrate: 1. Knowledge of: (ii) creative and productive thought, critical thinking, leadership training, and visual and performing arts. (c) Instructional planning. Prior to program completion, candidates shall demonstrate: 2. Ability to: Incorporate creative and productive thought, critical thinking, leadership skills, and visual and performing arts in the gifted curriculum. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.38)

Teacher Education: [The code identifies the discipline-specific areas that programs must address as well as the knowledge and abilities that candidates must be able to demonstrate in the areas of:] Visual Arts Teachers (Ala. Admin. Code r.290-3-3-.31); Dance: (Ala. Admin. Code r.290-3-3-.31.01); Music (Choral and Instrumental) (Ala. Admin. Code r.290-3-3-.32); and Theatre (Ala. Admin. Code r.290-3-3-.33.01).

Alaska

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Arizona

Professional Teaching Standards: Elementary teachers must demonstrate knowledge of language arts and reading, math, science, social studies and fine arts, and must demonstrate knowledge of a variety of methods for teaching same. (Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-602)

Early Childhood Education Certificate: Requires 37 semester hours of early childhood education courses [including] developmentally appropriate instructional methodologies for teaching language, math, science, social studies and the arts. (Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-615)

PreK-12 Arts Education Certificates: Arizona offers two types of Certificates. The Provisional PreK-12 Arts Education Certificate in art, dance, dramatic arts or music is non-renewable but may be extended as set forth in R7-2-606(H) or (I). And, the Standard PreK-12 Arts Education Certificate for art, dance, dramatic arts or music is valid for six years. (Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-613)

PreK-12 Arts Education Certificates [are provided] for [the artistic disciplines of] art, dance, dramatic arts, or music. (Arizona Admin. Code R7-2-613)

Special subject endorsements shall be issued in the area of art, computer science, dance, dramatic arts, music, or physical education. (Arizona Admin. Code R7-2-613)

Arkansas

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

California

Types and Content of Examinations: A general subject matter examination authorizing teaching multiple subjects shall include an examination of the candidate’s knowledge of the following areas: language studies, literature, mathematics, science, social studies, history, the arts, physical education, and human development. (CA EDUC CODE § 44282)

NOTE: Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials authorize the holder to teach in self-contained classrooms such as classroom settings in most elementary schools. However, a teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom (preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults). (CA EDUC CODE § 44258)

Single Subject Teaching Credentials: The commission shall issue single subject teaching credentials only in the following subjects: (2) Art [and] (10) music. (CA EDUC CODE § 44257)

Types and Content of Examinations: The commission shall adopt examinations and assessments to verify the subject matter knowledge and competence of candidates for the single subject teaching credentials described in Section 44257 [which includes art and music]. (CA EDUC CODE § 44282)

Non-Credentialed Teachers: specialized secondary programs may select as teachers noncredentialed persons who possess unique talents or skills from business, performing arts, or postsecondary institutions. No noncredentialed person shall be retained as a teacher in a specialized secondary program unless, within 60 days after the governing board has hired such a person, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing has issued a certificate of clearance for him or her, which the commission shall issue when it has verified the person’s personal identification and good moral character. (CA EDUC CODE § 58803)

Colorado

Early Childhood Endorsement: To be endorsed in early childhood education, ages 0-8, an applicant shall...incorporate proven concepts related to typical and atypical traits of child development which can affect the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities by students, including, but not limited to: 8.01(1)(a)(iv) taking timely advantage of the prior acquisition of information, abilities, and experience of the student, as related to readiness for learning, and the development of such core skills as language, reading, writing, math, science, and the arts. [In addition, an applicant must be able to] design and implement effective strategies for curriculum development, implementation, and instructional delivery, as related, but not limited to: 8.01(1)(b)(i) literacy and language, math, science, social studies, the arts, health and safety, physical education, and technology ability. (1 Colo. Code Regs. 301-37 § 8.01)

Elementary Education Endorsement: To be endorsed in elementary education...the elementary educator is knowledgeable about curriculum development and instruction, and is able to: 8.02(1)(a) design and implement an integrated curriculum based upon adopted content standards, including, but not limited to: language arts, e.g. reading, writing, speaking, and listening; science; mathematics; social studies; the arts and humanities; health; physical education; and technology. (1 Colo. Code Regs. 301-37 § 8.02)

Art Endorsement: To be endorsed in art, an applicant shall have completed a bachelor's or higher degree from a four-year accepted institution of higher education; an approved teacher preparation program; an approved program in art; and have demonstrated competencies listed below (see citation for details). (1 Colo. Code Regs. 301-37 § 8.04)

Drama Endorsement: To be endorsed in drama, an applicant shall have completed a bachelor's or higher degree from a four-year accepted institution of higher education; an approved teacher preparation program; an approved program in drama; and have demonstrated competencies listed below (see citation for details). (1 Colo. Code Regs. 301-37 § 8.07)

Music Endorsement: To be endorsed in music, an applicant shall have completed a bachelor's or higher degree from a four-year accepted institution of higher education; an approved teacher preparation program; an approved program in music; and have demonstrated competencies listed below (see citation for details). (1 Colo. Code Regs. 301-37 § 8.15)

Connecticut

Initial Educator Certificate Requirements--Early Childhood: To receive an initial educator certificate for early childhood teaching with an endorsement in birth through kindergarten and nursery through grade three, an applicant shall present evidence of having completed a minimum of 39 credits in 5 of 6 areas [one of which is fine arts]. Applicants for a K-3 certificate must also have completed college coursework that includes teaching and learning of the arts. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 10-145d-431)

Initial Educator Certificate Requirements--Elementary: To receive an initial educator certificate for elementary teaching, an applicant shall present evidence of having completed a minimum of 39 credits in 5 of 6 areas [one of which is fine arts]. [In addition, applicants shall complete] a minimum of 30 semester hours in professional education [which] may include areas such as: (4) teaching the arts. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 10-145d-436)

Initial Educator Certificate Requirements--Middle Grades: To receive an initial educator certificate for teaching at the middle grades, an applicant shall present evidence of having completed a minimum of 39 credits in 5 of 6 areas [one of which is fine arts]. [Requirements] for the humanities interdisciplinary major [include] course work in 3 areas: literature, philosophy, drama, fine arts, dance, theology or foreign language. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 10-145d-446)

Initial Educator Certificate Requirements--Secondary Grades: To receive an initial educator certificate for secondary academic subjects, an applicant shall present evidence of having completed a minimum of 39 credits in 5 of 6 areas [one of which is fine arts]. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 10-145d-451)

Certificate Required: A certificate for each special subject or field shall be required for anyone employed by a board of education in the following special subjects taught at the elementary and secondary levels: agriculture, art, health, home economics, technology education, music and physical education. An applicant shall present evidence of having completed a minimum of 39 credits in 5 of 6 areas [one of which is fine arts]. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 10-145d-454)

Delaware

Not found in statute or code.

Professional Standards Board: [Identifies license requirements for teachers of the following art forms:] dance (Code Del. Regs. Tit. 14 § 1549), music (Code Del. Regs. Tit. 14 § 1563), theater (Code Del. Regs. Tit. 14 § 1558), [and] visual art (Code Del. Regs. Tit. 14 § 1560).

District of Columbia

General Education Requirements: All persons who desire a teaching certificate from the District of Columbia shall satisfy the following requirements: (c) A minimum of forty-eight (48) semester hours in a program of general or liberal education including each of the following fields: (1) Humanities 12 semester hours: (at least one course in each area): (B) Literature, art, music, philosophy. (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1600.1)

Early Childhood Education: In addition to the general education requirements, for certification in early childhood education, the following shall be required: (a) A minimum of thirty (30) semester hours in the professional foundations and instructional knowledge areas that provide theoretical and research knowledge and practical skills in the following areas: (4) Curriculum for teaching young children including coursework in observation and recording of young children’s behavior in the following: (B) Content-developmentally appropriate integrated learning experiences in health, safety, science, mathematics, social studies, language arts (listening, speaking, writing, reading), literature, art, music, drama, and movement. (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16, S§ 1602.1)

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6): In addition to the general and professional education requirements, for certification in elementary education, the following shall be required: (7) Appreciation and creative expression in fine arts including at least two (2) of the following: art, music, drama, dance, and film (six (6) semester hours). (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1606.1)

Performing Arts: [Identifies license requirements for teachers of the following art forms] Visual Arts (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1629), Music (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16§ 1630), Drama and Theatre (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1631), Dance (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1632), Art 9 K-12 (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1636), Music-Instrumental K-12 (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1645), Music-Vocal K-12 (DCMR Title V, Chapter 16 § 1646).

Florida

Specialization Requirements for Elementary Education (K-6): (1) Plan One: A bachelor's or higher degree with a major in elementary education which includes teaching reading at the K-6 level, or (2) Plan Two: A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in elementary education to include the areas specified below: (b) Courses in each of the areas specified below: 5. Content and methods for teaching art for grades K-6 [and] 6. Content and methods for teaching music for grades K-6. (Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0151)

Specialization Requirements for Certification: Art (Grades K-12) (Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0101), Dance (Grades K-12) (Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0123), Drama (Grades 6-12) (Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0342), [and] Music (Grades K-12) (Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0271).

Georgia

Not found in statute or code.

Certificate Requirements: Art Education (GA COMP. R. & REGS. r. 505-2-.51), Dance (GA COMP. R. & REGS. r. 505-2-.57), Drama (GA COMP. R. & REGS. r. 505-2-.58), and Music (GA COMP. R. & REGS. r. 505-2-.85).

Hawaii

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Idaho

Endorsements: Holders of a Secondary Certificate or a Standard Elementary Certificate, Exceptional Child Certificate, Standard Occupational Specialist Certificate, and Advanced Occupational Specialist Certificate may be granted endorsements in subject areas as provided herein. An endorsement in English, History, Music, Visual Art, Drama, or Foreign Language and twenty (20) semester credit hours in one of the following areas or ten (10) semester credit hours in each of two (2) of the following areas: Literature, Music, Foreign Language, Humanities Survey, History, Visual Art, Philosophy, Drama, Comparative World Religion, Architecture, and Dance. (ID ADC 08.02.02.023)

Endorsements: Holders of a Secondary Certificate or a Standard Elementary Certificate, Exceptional Child Certificate, Standard Occupational Specialist Certificate, and Advanced Occupational Specialist Certificate may be granted endorsements in subject areas as provided herein. [This includes] Art (K-12 or 6-12) (ID ADC 08.02.02.022), Drama (6-12) (ID ADC 08.02.02.022), [and] Music (6-12 or K-12) (ID ADC 08.02.02.024).

Illinois

Standards for Early Childhood Certification--Fine Arts: The competent early childhood teacher understands the content, function, and achievements of dance, music, drama, and visual arts as primary media for communication, inquiry, and insight and promotes the abilities of children from birth through grade three as they express themselves through the arts. [Code includes Knowledge and Performance Indicators.] (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23 § 26.170)

Requirements for Elementary Teachers: The endorsement for self-contained general education shall be issued when an individual whose application is received on or before June 30, 2005, demonstrates that he or she has completed the coursework listed in this subsection [including the Fine Arts] and passed the test of subject matter knowledge or content-area test and, if he or she has not already passed the test of basic skills and received a certificate based on it, that test as well. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23 § 1.170)

Standards for Elementary Teacher Certification--Fine Arts: The competent elementary teacher understands the educational, communicative, and aesthetic value of dance, drama, music, and visual art and the role fine arts play in reflecting history and culture and promotes all students' ability to express themselves creatively. [Code includes Knowledge and Performance Indicators.] (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23 § 26.370)

Standards for Certification in Specific Teaching Fields: [Knowledge and performance indicators are identified for] Dance (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 27.300), Drama/Theatre Arts (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 27.310), Music (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 27.320), and Visual Arts (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 27.330).

Indiana

Early Childhood Education Curriculum Requirements: To be eligible for the early childhood education school setting...the applicant must successfully meet the developmental and content standards by at least one (1) of the following requirements: (1) Completed a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning that includes the following: (B) A major or content area in education from an approved program that includes the following: (i) General education and subject matter concentration, including, but not limited to, the following: (EE) Arts courses designed to develop appreciation and skills in music and art [and] (ii) Professional education and pedagogy, including, but not limited to, the following: (MM) Teaching across all content areas of: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health, Music, Visual Arts. (515 IAC 8-1-4.1)

Elementary Education Curriculum Requirements: To be eligible for the elementary school setting...an applicant must successfully meet the developmental and content standards by at least one (1) of the following: (1) Completed a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning that includes the following: (B) A major or content area in education from an approved program that includes the following: (i) General education and subject matter concentration, including, but not limited to, the following: (EE) Arts courses designed to develop appreciation and skills in music and art. (515 IAC 8-1-1.4)

Fine Arts Practitioner Licenses: [Indicates] concentrations…for: (A) "Fine Arts; Visual Arts"; (B) "Fine Arts; Vocal and General Music"; (C) "Fine Arts; Instrumental and General Music"; (D) "Fine Arts; Theater Arts"; or (E) "Fine Arts; Dance". (515 IAC 8-1-22)

Iowa

Elementary Endorsement (Pre-K-3): Content [requirements] for (3)Developmentally appropriate curriculum with emphasis on integrated multicultural and nonsexist content including language, mathematics, science, social studies, health, safety, nutrition, visual and expressive arts, social skills, higher-thinking skills, and developmentally appropriate methodology, including adaptations for individual needs, for infants and toddlers, preprimary, and primary school children. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.26(2)) 

Elementary Endorsement (K-6): Effective September 1, 2015, content [requirements] include at least 3 semester hours to include all of the following: 1. Methods of teaching elementary physical education, health, and wellness; 2. visual arts for the elementary classroom; and 3. performance arts for the elementary classroom. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.26(5))

Minimum Content Requirements for Teaching Endorsements: Art, K-8 or 5-12 (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.28(2)); Music, K-8 or 5-12 (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.28(13)); and Speech communication/theatre, K-8 or 5-12 (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.28(19)).

Kansas

Not found in statute or code.

Endorsements: (f) Endorsements available for teaching at the early childhood through late adolescence and adulthood level (prekindergarten through grade 12) shall be as follows: (2) art; (9) instrumental music; (10) music; (13) vocal music. (Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-202)

Kentucky

Not found in statute or code.

Grade Levels and Specializations: (2) A base certificate shall be issued specifying one (1) or more of the following grade level and specialization authorizations: (f) All grade levels with one (1) or more of the following specialties: 1. Art; 5. Integrated music; 6. Vocal music; 7. Instrumental music. (16 KAR 2:010)

Louisiana

Minimum Requirements for Approved Regular Education Programs: 3 semester hours of arts [are required to fulfill the] General Education requirements for PK-3 [teacher] (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 205); Grades 1-5 [teacher] (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 207); Grades 4-8 [teacher]s (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 209); Grades 6-12 [teacher] (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 211); Grades K-12 [teacher] (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 215); teachers of mild/moderate impairments 1-12 (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 217)

Minimum Requirements for Approved Regular Education All-Level Programs for Grades K-12: (B) [For the] Focus Area, [the following requirements apply]: Art, 28 semester hours of Art coursework; Dance, 31 semester hours of Dance coursework; Vocal Music, 31 semester hours of Vocal Music coursework; Instrumental Music, 31 semester hours of Instrumental Music coursework; Vocal and Instrumental Music, 50 semester hours vocal and instrumental music coursework. (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXXXI Bulletin 746 § 215)

Maine

Early Childhood Teacher Eligibility Pathway 2: (j) Program must include instruction for all students in career and education development, English language arts, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual and performing arts and world languages. (Me Adm. Rules 05-071 Ch. 115 pt. II)

Teacher Qualifications: State board rules governing the qualifications for a provisional teacher certificate must require that a certificate may only be issued to an applicant who meets the requirements of subsection 2-B, has successfully completed a student teaching experience of at least 15 weeks and: (C) is otherwise qualified by having met separate educational criteria for specialized teaching areas, including, but not limited to art and music, as established by the state board for teaching in these specialized areas. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 20-A §13012)

Endorsement: This endorsement on a teacher certificate allows the holder to teach students kindergarten through grade 12 in one of the following endorsement areas: 620 art and 614 music. (Me. Adm. Rules 05-071 ch. 115 pt. II)

Maryland

Not found in statute or code.

Certification in Specialty Areas (PreK-Grade 12): [Provides requirements] to receive certification in art, dance, and music, at the prekindergarten — grade 12 level. (COMAR 13A.12.02.18)

Certification in General Secondary Content Areas (Grades 7-12): [Provides requirements] to receive certification in the areas of agriculture (agribusiness and renewable natural resources), biology, business education, chemistry, computer science, earth/space science, English, environmental science, family and consumer sciences, geography, history, marketing, mathematics, physical science, physics, speech communication, technology education, and theater. (COMAR 13A.12.02.06.)

Massachusetts

Early Childhood (PreK-2): Topics in basic principles and concepts of the arts, health, and physical education appropriate to the PreK-2 grades shall be included in an approved program but will not be addressed on a written test of subject matter knowledge. (Mass. Regs. Code tit. 603, § 7.06 (5))

Elementary (Levels 1-6): The following topics shall be included in an approved program but will not be addressed on a written test of subject matter knowledge: Basic principles and concepts in each of the visual and performing arts (art, music, drama/theater, dance). (Mass. Regs. Code tit. 603, § 7.06 (7))

Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements for Teachers: [Requirements for teachers of] Dance, all levels (Mass. Regs. Code tit. 603, § 7.06 (4)), Music, all levels (Mass. Regs. Code tit. 603, § 7.06 (20)), Theater, all levels (Mass. Regs. Code tit. 603, § 7.06 (30)), [and] Visual Art, Levels: PreK-8 and 5-12 (Mass. Regs. Code tit. 603, § 7.06 (31)).

Michigan

General Education: An applicant for a provisional certificate shall present evidence of the completion of an approved program of general or liberal education, including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts. (MAC R 390.1122)

Not found in statute or code.

Minnesota

Early Childhood, Subject Matter Standards: A teacher of young children in the primary grades plans, designs, and implements developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The teacher must understand: (8) the central concepts and tools of inquiry for teaching visual and performing arts. (Minn. R. 8710.3000)

Elementary Education, Subject Matter Standards: A teacher of children in kindergarten through grade 6 must demonstrate knowledge of fundamental visual and performing arts, including music, dance, and theater, concepts and the connections among them. (Minn. R. 8710.3200)

Professional Standards Board: [Identifies license requirements for teachers of the following art forms] Dance and Theatre Arts (Minn. R. 8710.4300); Dance (Minn. R. 8710.4310); Theatre Arts (Minn. R. 8710.4320); Vocal Music and Instrumental Music (Minn. R. 8710.4650); Visual Arts (Minn. R. 8710.4900).

Mississippi

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Missouri

Not found in statute or code.

Certificate of License to Teach Content Areas: [Certificates available for] Art (9-12, K-12, K-9), Dance (K-12), Instrumental music (K-12), Speech/Theatre (5-9, 9-12), [and] Vocal music (K-12). (5 CSR 20-400)

Montana

Elementary: Successful candidates: (b) demonstrate knowledge and understanding and use the central concepts as outlined in Montana's student content and performance standards, tools of inquiry, and structures of content for students across grades K-8 and can engage students in meaningful learning experiences that develop students' competence in subject matter and skills for various developmental levels. Candidates: (v) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of and use the content, functions, and achievements of dance, music, theater, and the several visual arts as primary media for communication, inquiry, and insight among students. (ARM tit. 10.58.508)

Teacher Certification: [Certificates available for] Art K-12 (ARM tit. 10.58.503); Theatre (ARM tit. 10.58.507); Music K-12 (ARM tit. 10.58 .519).

Nebraska

Elementary Endorsement: This endorsement shall require professional education coursework related to teaching children from kindergarten through grade eight and academic coursework in all areas of the elementary curriculum [including] coursework in fine arts and humanities. (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.21D)

Middle Grades (4-9) Endorsement: Persons with this endorsement must complete coursework in all academic areas of the middle grades curriculum [including the] fine arts. (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.40D)

Teaching Endorsements: Endorsements [available for] Art (K-12) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.06); General Art (K-6) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.25); Instrumental Music (K-8 or 7-12) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.36); Music (K-12) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.41); Speech and Theatre (7-12) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.67); Theatre (7-12) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.69); [and] Vocal Music (K-8 or 7-12) (Neb. Admin. Code tit. 92 chap. 24, § 006.70).

Nevada

Not found in statute or code.

Endorsements: Endorsements [are available for] Art (NAC 391.215); Professional Teacher of Art (NAC 391.22); Music (NAC 391.270); Professional Teacher of Music (NAC 391.275); and Dance Education (NAC 391.282).

New Hampshire

General Education Studies: The general education program shall include content competencies: (1g) arts [and] (2a) creative expression. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 609.01)

Early Childhood Education: A candidate for certification as an early childhood education teacher for birth through grade 3 shall have the following skills, competencies, and knowledge through a combination of academic and supervised field experiences in the following areas: (b) The arts, including understanding the importance of the creative process and aesthetic development for all children and articulating the importance of high-quality, meaningful arts experiences to meet the developmental needs and support all children’s creative expression. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.18)

Teacher Certification Standards: [Certification is offered in the following areas:] Music (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.38); Theatre (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.34); Dance (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.49); and Visual arts (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.09).

New Jersey

Curriculum for Teacher Preparation Programs: The preparation program for all instructional certificates must include: (1) A minimum of 60 semester credit hours of general education including electives. General education courses shall be distributed among the arts, humanities, mathematics, science, technology and the social sciences. There must be some study in each area; [and] (2) A major in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science or technology disciplines. (N.J.A.C. 6A:9-10.2)

General Requirements for Arts Certificates: [To be eligible for the CE, CEAS or standard certificate in an arts discipline teachers must comply with the requirements in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-8.1 and meet requirements for the following disciplines:] Art Teachers (N.J.A.C. 6A:9-11.14); [and] Speech Arts and Dramatics (N.J.A.C. 6A:9-11.15).

Teaching Endorsements: The teaching endorsements and authorizations in (a)1 through 9 below are grouped within the relevant: 1. Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Dance, Music, Speech and Dramatics, [and] Theater. [The code identifies what holders of these endorsements are able to teach.] (N.J.A.C. 6A:9-9.2)

New Mexico

Educational Requirements for Licensure: The department shall require a person seeking licensure or reciprocity in elementary or secondary education to have completed the following minimum requirements in the college of arts and sciences: (6) six hours in fine arts. (N.M.S.A. § 22-10A-6)

Elementary Education, K-8: Competencies for entry level elementary teachers: (J.) Knowledge of content: (5) Arts [which includes dance, music, theatre, and visual arts]. (NMAC 6.61.2)

Middle Level Education, 5-9: Middle level teachers have a strong sense of self and foster the same in their students: (1) Ability to encourage students to express themselves creatively in a number of ways, including visual and performing arts. (NMAC 6.61.3)

Early Childhood, Birth-PreK: Early childhood professionals demonstrate knowledge of child development and learning, as well as content knowledge, both in terms of academic disciplines and in terms of interdisciplinary integration. Their approach to curriculum content emerges from multiple sources, such as play and exploration, and is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the children with whom they work. Content includes, but is not limited to, the arts, literacy, mathematics, physical education, health, social studies, science, and technology. Children’s initial experiences with these content areas form the foundation for later understanding and success. (NMAC 6.61.11)

Early Childhood, PreK-Grade 3: Early childhood professionals demonstrate knowledge of child development and learning, as well as content knowledge, both in terms of academic disciplines and in terms of interdisciplinary integration. Their approach to curriculum content emerges from multiple sources, such as play and exploration, and is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the children with whom they work. Content includes, but is not limited to, the arts, literacy, mathematics, physical education, health, social studies, science, and technology. Children’s initial experiences with these content areas form the foundation for later understanding and success. (NMAC 6.61.12)

Competencies for Entry-level Performing Arts and Visual Arts Education [which includes dance, music, theatre, and visual arts]. (NMAC 6.64.13)

New York

Curricula in Teacher Education: [For] programs leading to initial certificates valid for teaching early childhood education (birth through grade 2), childhood education (grades 1 through 6), [and] middle childhood education (grades 5 through 9): the candidate [shall have] a knowledge base for teaching to the State learning standards for students [which includes the arts]. (N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 52.21(b)3)

Teacher Education: In addition to meeting the general requirements,...the content core shall be a major or its equivalent in the subject area of the certificate that provides a knowledge base for assisting students in meeting the State learning standards for students, as applicable to one of the following subjects: dance, family and consumer sciences, health education, music, physical education, technology education, theatre, or visual arts. (N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 52.21(b)3-v)

North Carolina

Board Set Licensure Requirements: To further ensure that teacher preparation programs remain current and reflect a rigorous course of study that is aligned to State and national standards, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, shall do all of the following to ensure that students are prepared to teach in elementary schools: 4. Prepare students to integrate the arts across the curriculum.  (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115Cā€‘296)

Any person employed by a Local Education Agency (LEA) in a professional educator position must hold a professional educator’s license. In addition, all persons teaching core academic subjects at the elementary, middle school, or high school levels must be “highly qualified” as specified by PL 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and 1.01 and 1.02 below. As specified in the PL 107-110 (NCLB), the term “core academic subjects” means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. (TCP-A-001 1.00, 1.01)

North Dakota

Initial teacher licensure for in-state graduates or graduates of out-of-state programs requires a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a state agency-approved teacher education program. The approved program must include a general studies component [which includes fine arts], a North Dakota recognized program area major, and a professional pedagogy core. (N.D. Admin Code § 67.1-02-02-02)

Endorsement: Major equivalency endorsement for music teachers grades seven through twelve. (N.D. Admin. Code § 67.1-02-03-07)

Specialty Area Endorsement in Art, Foreign Language, or Music for Elementary Teachers Grades 1-6: Elementary teachers with a major or major equivalency defined in section 67.1-02-03-01 in elementary education will be considered highly qualified to teach art, foreign language, or music grades 1-6. Elementary teachers with a major, minor, or minor equivalency endorsement in art, foreign language, or music will be considered highly qualified in art, foreign language, or music grades one through six. (N.D. Admin. Code § 67.1-02-03-01)

Ohio

Middle Childhood License (Grades 4-9): The middle childhood teacher preparation program shall include preparation in the humanities (including the arts) and areas of concentration in at least two of the following: reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. (Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-05)

Multi-Age Licenses (PreK-12): Preparation in the teaching field shall constitute at least an academic major or its equivalent with sufficient advanced coursework in all areas to be taught as specified by the teacher preparation institution and approved by the Ohio department of education. A minimum of three semester hours in the teaching of reading in the content area shall be required for the professional multi-age license. Licenses shall be available in the following teaching fields: dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art. (Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-05)

Oklahoma

Early Childhood Education: The candidate for licensure and certification knows, understands, and uses: (C) The knowledge of how young children think, process information, and develop concepts in content areas including language, literacy, mathematics, science, health, safety, nutrition, social studies, art, music, drama, and movement. (Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-172)

Professional Standards: Teacher education and certification--full subject matter competencies: Competencies [for licensure in] art education, instrumental/general music, vocal/general music, speech/drama/debate [and] dance education. (Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-172)

Oregon

Basic Elementary Licensure: Sixty quarter hours designed to develop competence in elementary instruction, distributed as follows: (7) Three quarter hours in music education. (8) Three quarter hours in art education. (Or. Admin. R. 584-038-0010)

Standard Elementary Licensure: Fifteen quarter hours of graduate subject matter preparation are required to obtain a standard elementary license to strengthen the applicant's background in one or more of the following areas: Language arts, mathematics, reading, science, social studies, health education, physical education, music education, or art education. (Or. Admin. R. 584-040-0010)

Basic and Standard Teacher License Requirements: [Licensure requirements for] Basic art: (Or. Admin. R.584-038-0040); Standard art: (Or. Admin. R. 584-040-0040); Basic music: (Or. Admin. R. 584-038-0210); Standard music: (Or. Admin. R. 584-040-0200); Basic drama: (Or. Admin. R. 584-038-0170); Standard drama: (Or. Admin. R. 584-040-0170).

Pennsylvania

Preparation Program Curriculum: The preparation program shall be designed to enable candidates to integrate general [one of which is the arts] and academic coursework, with professional and pedagogical coursework to teach, guide and assist public school students in achieving the academic standards under Chapter 4 (relating to academic standards and assessments). (22 PA Code § 354.25)

Not found in statute or code.

Rhode Island

Not found in statute or code.

All Grade Teacher Certificates: [Requirements for] All Grades Art Teacher, Grades PK-12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.2); All Grades Dance Teacher, Grades PK­12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.3); All Grades Music Teacher, Grades PK-12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.7); [and] All Grades Theatre Teacher, Grades PK-12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.11).

South Carolina

Elementary Education: [Certification in] elementary education [requires] one of the following courses: Literature for Children, Art for the Elementary Teacher, Music for the Elementary Teacher, or Health for the Elementary School Teacher. (S.C. Code of Regulations R. 43-62 § II.D)

Requirements for Additional Areas of Certification: Provides certification requirements in the areas of art, music education, and theater. (S.C. Code of Regulations R. 43-62 § II.A, L, P) 

Alternative Fine Arts Certification: Teachers for advanced fine arts programs who do not meet the requirements for certification in any existing area of certification will be issued an initial teaching certification if certain requirements are met. (S.C. Code of Regulations R. 43-62 § V.B)

South Dakota

Not found in statute or code.

Requirements for Education Endorsement Programs: [Code identifies requirements for endorsements in:] K-12 Art Education (SD Admin. Rule 24:15:06:14) [and] K-12 Music Endorsement (SD Admin Rule 24:15:06:18).

Tennessee

Employment Standards: A classroom teacher with an endorsement in elementary education or early childhood education is eligible to teach any subject, including art, music, and physical education, in the grades covered by the endorsement as part of the teacher’s regular classroom assignment. (Tenn. Comp. R & Regs.0520-01-02-.03)

A teacher in grades K through 8 who teaches art, music, or physical education the major portion of the day shall be endorsed in art, music, or physical education respectively. (Tenn. Comp. R & Regs.0520-01-02-.03)

Texas

Not found in statute or code.

Fine Arts Teachers: [Recognizes] certification for Music, Art, Theater, and Dance (Early Childhood-Grade 12). (Tex. Admin. Code tit. 19 § 233.2, 233.10)

Utah

Early Childhood and Elementary: [Candidates require] study and experiences needed in disciplines which provide content knowledge needed to teach: 5) Fine arts. (Utah Admin. Code § 277-504-7)

An elementary content specialist in Fine Arts or Physical Education shall hold a Level 1, 2, or 3 license with an elementary license area of concentration or a secondary license area of concentration with the appropriate K-12 subject/content endorsement. (Utah Admin. Code § 277-520-4)

Vermont

Elementary Teachers: The educator understand: techniques for incorporating fine and performing arts as expressions of human emotion, culture, communication, and as vehicles for enhancing learning opportunities across the curriculum. (Vt. Code R. 5440-00)

Early Childhood Teachers: The educator understands: Music, drama, and the visual arts as expressions of human emotion and culture, powerful forms of communication, and vehicles for enhancing learning opportunities across the curriculum. The educator: Develops an integrated curriculum that grows out of children's interests and questions, incorporates skills and concepts from across the language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts, reflects culturally valued content and children’s home experiences, and addresses all the developmental domains [and] Integrates the performing and visual arts within the curriculum and facilitates and encourages children's creative expression through a variety of media. (Vt. Code R. 5440-36)

Endorsements: Knowledge and performance standards for endorsements in Art (Vt. Code R. 5440-02), Dance (5440-38), Music (5440-12), and Theater Arts (5440-37).

Virginia

Teacher Certification: Candidates for a preK-3 or preK-6 endorsement must have completed course work that covers the early/primary education preK-3 competencies [including]: (f) Arts and humanities - 6 semester hours. (8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-150 and 160)

Endorsement Requirements: Requirements for endorsements in Dance (8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-320), Music instrumental (8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-450,) Music vocal/choral (8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-460), Theatre (8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-570), and Visual Arts (8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-580).

Washington

Not found in statute or code.

Certificate endorsements in visual arts, dance, music, and theatre. Programs must be approved by the professional educator standards board. (Wash. Admin. Code 181-82A-202)

West Virginia

Elementary Education (K-6) Programs: Elementary education (K-6) programs shall include a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework in English/language arts, health, mathematics, physical education, science, social studies and the arts such that the coursework is relevant to the curriculum delivered in the elementary K-6 classroom. (W. Va. Code St. R. § 126-114-6.3.b.1)

Not found in statute or code.

Wisconsin

Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses--Conceptual Framework: Each school, college or department must have a written conceptual framework that complies with PI 34.06 1. The conceptual framework will be well defined, articulated, and defensible and must include all of the following: (7) A general education program that demonstrates student knowledge and understanding of all of the following for initial classroom teaching licenses, including: (c) Fine arts. (Wis. Admin. Code PI 34.15)

Teaching Categories: To qualify for an initial license in art, dance, music, or theatre, an applicant shall complete a program that incorporates the model academic standards for [that arts discipline]. (Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.30)

Wyoming

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.