To add to Sheri's point, I went back and got a certificate in English, and
weaseled my way into the English department (HS) by developing a course and
then teaching it. I am now accruing tenure in the English department while I
teach art, so that if they ever eliminated art, I would technically be able
to bump someone from the English department with less years accrued. I never
planned to teach college, so my Masters is in Liberal Studies (think
Humanities), and it combines music, literature and art. I also have enough
credits to be a supervisor but never submitted the paperwork (long story
short, I'd rather teach), so all in all I am on the Masters plus step on our
guide. If teaching is your calling, I recommend going to get another
certificate (license) as a great plan B.
From: Sheri Fried [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 5:37 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] MA vs. MFA
To open your options for the future, should your
position be eliminated, have you considered getting a
masters in education? Possibly gifted and talented?
I have a Bach. of Art Ed from Ohio State and got my
Masters of Curric. and Instruction at Cleveland State.
In retrospect, I wish I had gotten my Masters in
Gifted Education, as the position of art teacher is
never guaranteed, I should have something to fall back
Being prepared to teach other subject areas/having
additional licenses, could be a good idea.
Sheri in Cleveland Hts.