My Master's Curriculum required Spec Ed Course work with practical
application in the field during my student teaching. It is noted as so on my
transcript however- most art teachers are not required to have that training.
If you need professional development hours- special ed coursework would be
VERY applicable to our field. It would be wonderful if we only got those
focused, talented and well behaved students who love art in our classes- BUT
WE DON'T! I had a kid in MS who choked himself till his face turned purple
and almost passed out in front of 25 students before I caught him. I had a
HS kid who tried to carve his arm with pins he obtained from my supply
cabinet! So you see it is important that you be aware of these behaviors and
how to handle these kinds of kids. Just for your info- the kid who tried
choking himself to pass out, returned to my class after 2 days of counceling
but the kid who carved himself with my pins was not allowed to return to my
class -for safety reasons.
Kathy in Kalamazoo