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Deb: Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?


Date: Sat Oct 21 2000 - 20:31:13 PDT

In a message dated 10/21/00 8:06:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

High school teachers in Texas only take secondary ed. but elementary(who can
teach 1-8) teachers in Texas take science/reading/art/math/language arts,
etc. methods classes, why shouldn't they be able to teach good writing
too? Sounds sorta elitist to me. Deb W. >>

Hi, Deb! I don't fully understand-are you referring to art teachers? Are
you saying that in preparing for a teaching certificate, elementary ART
teachers take the same general courses as elementary classroom teachers? Is
a teacher required to have art certification in Texas in order to teach art
on the elementary level? Can teachers with elementary education degrees also
teach art? Can they teach music also?

I don't think it's a question of an elitist attitude as it is a difference
of requirements for qualification in New York. Here one must have special
certification to teach art on both the elementary and high school level.
This requires that one has a degree in art or in art education. Or, if one
has an elementary education degree, a masters in an art field is required to
teach art. Teachers in New york must complete a masters degree within 5
years of teaching, if they are hired without a masters degree.
Susan (The Baseball Widow) on Long Island