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Re: [teacherartexchange] degrees and salaries


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 24 2005 - 19:33:43 PDT

Hi Betty,
    My district (at the time of my employment) did not recognize nor give
any extra salary for an MFA, but it did have increased salary steps for
10,20,30 and 40 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the MA. This was
the route I took because I taught full time while I was in grad school. My
MA is in printmaking with a minor in art history, and it took me 3 years to
do it. After I got the MA, I continued to take courses and before I knew it,
I had the 40 semester hours. The next step would be the PhD, which didn't
interest me. If I thought about teaching at the college level, then an MFA
would be a must, especially for studio courses. But "down at the elementary"
it wasn't valued or respected.
    Now that I am 60 plus, I have enrolled in courses at OSU through Program
60--like auditing except there is no fee, credit or grade. This autumn I
have registered for Beginning Lithography! It should keep me out of trouble
for 10-11 weeks. I may have a degree in chemistry before I am done. :-)
I've checked out books on lithography and already it looks intense!

                                    Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
                                    Art teacher, K-5, retired


> I wanted to check something with the list. My state
> pays a little more for Master's and a little more for
> a Doctorate. I have an MFA and get paid for a
> Master's.

> Now my school is offering a program where teachers
> can, for $4,000, watch a distance-learning TV thing
> one night a week and get their masters in a year. This
> is great for them, but I confess it has made me think
> about asking for the doctorate pay. (As a teacher
> pointed out, a former teacher who had graduated law
> school got doctorate pay for the same amount of years
> I'd put in)
> Do youall with MFA's get Master's or doctorate pay?
> The whole concept seems pretty outdated to me, since
> there are so many levels of degrees in between, much
> less those people who have taken hundreds of graduate
> hours that don't add up to a particular degree and are
> not compensated for that. I think it should be
> Master's, Terminal, and x amount for additional
> graduate hours over xxx.
> A fellow teacher has suggested I start cutting out job
> listings that say "PhD in Education of MFA preferred".
> comments?
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