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Re: GPA for Art Teachers

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David McBeth (dmcbeth)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 11:02:53 -0500


>One of my art education students is bemoaning her overall grade point
>average of 2.83.
>Her question is: How important is a prospective teacher's GPA for getting
>hired to teach art?
>Thank you.

I am not in the business of hiring teachers, but rather developing them.
>From my perspective, the person and their creative work are more important
than the GPA. At our institution, education majors are requied to maintain
a 2.5 GPA. That means they are half way between good and above average.
GPA's are rather abstract. What brought the grades down is important?
Questions one might ask: is the GPA low because the C (or worse) was in
art, art methods or education courses or because the student challenged her
or himself with classes outside the major that just weren't successful???

I would rather hire an art teacher who can draw, paint, sculpt etc and
stimulate others to want to do those things. Than somebody who can recite
the history of education, take tests well or.....

Good luck

David McBeth, MFA Office Phone: 901-587-7416
Assistant Professor of Art email - dmcbeth
330 C Gooch Hall
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238