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Re: Teacher preparation across the board was Re: Art Teacher Preparation

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From: Laura McCoy (Laura.McCoy_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 02 2000 - 15:30:36 PDT


I've been following the discussion about teaching credentials, and am
still a little unclear about the various certification processes in the
USA. Here in Canada, you can get to be a teacher in two ways. One is a
consequetive B. Ed program, which is the most common. First you do an
undergrad degree in your specialist area (such as Art) and then you do
your B.Ed. So, for example, my BA is in Art (Art History at Carleton U,
with studio work at the Ontario College of Art) and then my B.Ed is in
Visual Art, Junior-Intermediate (you must select the age group: primary,
junior, intermediate, senior). This usually takes 5 years. The other way
to get a Teacher's Certificate is to do a Concurrent Ed program, which is
5 years and you get a B.Ed and a B.A at the same time. Many teacher's now
have Master's degress, (M.A. or M.Ed) but this does not certify you to
teach, you must still have a B.Ed. (Although it does increse your salary
- I started at the top of the salary grid because I have an M.A!). With
the Con Ed program you get much more student teaching time, over several
years. In my B.Ed, we had 3 sessions of student teaching: 2 day/week all
year and 9 weeks full time. We are experiencing a teacher shortage and
there is talk of taking uncertified teachers, which in fact, already does
happen in some places, especially in northern or remote areas. I have a
friend who has a 3 year degree and is currently teaching in Northern
Manitoba. He has no teacher's certification at all.

Laura