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


Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 06:03:28 PDT

In a message dated 10/22/00 12:30:39 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< In TX, and I don't know about any other state, you get a degree in art,
history,biology, english, etc. with elem. cert. and need no extra training
teach art at the elementary level. Lots of people I knew in my art classes
were in art because they figured it was an easy degree to get. I have a BA
in art with elem. cert., all level art cert.,reading cert., sp. ed.cert, esl
cert. and secondary English...but, you can teach without a degree
art - and no matter what your degree is in, in order to get elem. cert. you
take all the methods classes. I do realize it must be different in other
states, and no, it doesn't work that way with music. >>

So, is the philosophy that anyone can teach art because, after all, "it's
only art"? "A lot of persons in art because they think its an easy degree to
get" reflects a condescending attitude that the educational system has of art
education. I think that it better qualifies a person to teach in a subject
area if he or she has a concentration in that area. With all those
certifications within a 4 year degree, how much of each area is covered?
Does one become multiple certified in all those areas by taking one or two
courses in those areas? Do they make up the educational requirements by
mandating that teachers in Texas need a masters degree to teach in their

Deb, you say that one can teach art without a degree in art, but does one
need to at least present a portfolio, or something? Most interesting is that
it "doesn't work that way for music". In what way and why? I bet for music
education one needs to exhibit an aptitude in music with an audition or
facsimile, and rightfully so. Should be the same for art education! I feel
that one should have talent and aptitude in art, if one is teaching art.
Susan on Long Island