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I am a graduate (and currently a doctoral student) of Florida State and
have taught in a public elementary school for 4 years now. I have always
been pleased with FSU's art ed. program. We are taught specific content -
The core courses address teaching art content in the 4 DBAE components.
Our program is within the School of Visual Art and Dance.
I do not recall who sent the post stating that art ed. majors at FSU do not
take the same art classes as fine arts majors, but that is not true. I
took art courses with art majors in many of the art fields (fine art,
graphic art, art ed, and interior design). We do not have seperate studio
art classes within the art ed. department.
Teacher prep classes cannot give you EVERYTHING you need to know to be a
teacher. To be authentic and valuable somethings you just have to learn by
doing, but I would like to see more scenario type strategies included.
What would you do if.... . I would also like to see a bigger focus on
practical strategies for behavior management.
Please do not be discouraged if you really want to pursue a degree in art
ed. There are excellent schools out there.
Sometimes I do get frustrated and the pay is not great, but I can't see
doing anything else. I am an art teacher.
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU