I have been a lurker for the past six months. I finally feel like I have
something to contribute or at least ask for your opinions. Here in Colorado
graduates with teaching credentials in hand are still required to take and
pass an assessment exam before they can teach in their own classroom. I have
my Bachelor degree in Art in which I received almost 18 years ago. Since
graduating I have worked in the corporate world as a graphic designer for an
engineering firm in California. A year and a half ago I started working at
my children's school here in Colorado as an instructional aide. It was there
that I learned about the Alternative Teacher License Program. This program
allows graduates with Bachelor degrees to teach without a teaching
credential. The requirements are that they have their Bachelor degree in
their field, work experience in the same field, and to pass the PLACE test
(assessment). Upon acceptance into the program the candidate would have a
small group of mentors to meet with on a regular basis. It is hands-on
experience or student teaching for a whole school year. Last December, I
quit my aide position and became a substitute teacher. I always accepted the
art positions. It is in the art classroom that I feel the most comfortable.
I have been lucky that the art teachers have left wonderful plans. I have
learned so much in such a short time.
Now that you have some of my background, here are my questions to all of you.
1. Are there any fellow Coloradans who have gone through this experience? 2.
In the various states that all of you reside in, were you required to take
such an assessment exam? 3. Could you recommend any books to help me study
for this exam? I have taken this exam three times and have not passed it by
just a few points. I have never been a great test taker. The art history
hangs my up every time as well as the appropriate projects for certain
grades. Anything will help. I even checked with the various universitites
for study groups without much luck.
Many thanks to everyone for your wonderful posts. I have learned so much.