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MFA certainly would look more attractive to me that an art ed major with only a
BA. Obviously there is more to the selection process than just the portfolio
as I outlined before. Personality, love of kids, resourcefullness, life
experience, references, are all more important than the GPA. A transcript is
only evidence of the breadth of courses taken with subjective numbers attached es
to them. If you want to be an art teacher, don't forget to be an artist first.
Being a good artist does not necessarily make you a good teacher, but I don't
know of any great art teachers that aren't good artists.
Perhaps you should question the disconnection of the fine arts at Arizona from
art education. (my bias is from a secondary school perspective)