I live in PA where we must continually collect professional development
hours in order to maintain our certification. This applies even after we
have met the requirements for so-called permanent certification. Even if a
person is not employed as a full-time teacher, the professional development
requirements must be met every five years. So, if Missouri's requirements
are anything like PA's, I would get my BFA first. I believe getting a BFA
is very helpful, especially if you have your extra courses in a subject that
the school that is hiring needs. Being an expert is always a good thing.
Oh, and if you plan to get an MFA, I would also do it before beginning
teaching if you can afford it. I earned my masters degree in painting, but
couldn't pursue an MFA unless I took a leave of absence from teaching.
----- Original Message -----
From: Alissa Blechle
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 12:24 PM
Subject: Advice needed for a college art ed student!
Hello Art teachers!
I am a student at Southeast Missouri State University. I am currently
working on my BS in Art ED K-12 and thinking about adding on a BFA in 3d
design. Would this be helpful in the classroom? Also, I need opinions
about should I finish my art ed degree (complete my field studies) and then
complete my BFA or work on my BFA then, finish my BS in Art Ed last? I need