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RE: non art certified possible?

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Sears, Ellen (
Mon, 1 Nov 1999 09:48:52 -0500

Two years ago we had the chance to hire a part time art teacher... I went
out on a limb and recommended a woman that had a music background (opera
singer, music teacher) and a position as a resource/enrichment teacher...
but not certified art -
I say out on a limb because another candidate was a community parent and a
professional artist, and certified.. I took a lot of flack, and it is still
dying down - but it was the right choice...
I am learning from her and I appreciate her drive, she has made numerous
connections and her lessons are great - as is her room - what a wonderful
place... she naturally practices DBAE, and the children have wonderful
opportunities -
I will say that the parent was hired this past summer in another part time
art position - they are different teachers.

I am sensitive to this subject because I taught middle school math classes
for several years with out being certified (since then I have picked up a
1-8 elementary certificate and became a middle grades math specialist) - but
I am the same teacher -

I also know of a few elementary teachers that have moved to the art room -

When I graduated from college a long time ago - I only had to take a 3 hour
class to be certified K-8 Art - sad isn't it.... it's all I have ever
taught -

Good luck -

> ----------
> From: Museee
> Sent: Sunday, October 31, 1999 9:40 PM
> To:
> Subject: non art certified possible?
> Hi,
> I doubt that I can do this but thought I would ask anyhow in case any of
> you
> know of unique districts and needs.
> If I am a certified elementary school teacher in New York, having taught
> pre-k and Kindergarten for 12 years here, is it possible in any state or
> specific district that needs teachers to teacher art K-12 or lower than
> 12,
> without being certified in art? I realize that teaching without an Art
> Edu.
> background is not the best thing for children, but perhaps I could become
> certified in Art at some point? I am a self taught artist myself, but I
> know that is very limited preparation for teaching art. I have taught
> private lessons, but....... Its just a thought I am having here,
> wondering
> if maybe places like California need art teachers and do not have enough
> certified people?
> Thanks.
> Susan