You picked a state (CA) that generally has NO elem. art teachers (or very
few) so the pickin's are slim here...or at least here in Northern
California. Our district only has mid. or high school art teachers and the
competition to get an art teaching job is fierce (think mortal combat).
Once someone gets a position, they usually stay til they die (and I'm not
whistlin' "Dixie" here). I happened to be in the right place at the right
time and I feel very lucky. I have friends who have looked for years and
years. All of these people have been certified to teach art.
You might try...if you want to come to CA...looking for an elem. teaching
job in a district to get your foot in the door (CA is really short for
lower elem. teachers since we've passed the
20-in-a-classroom-ratio-up-through-3rd-grade) and start looking for
possible expired art teacher bodies and art positions opening up (Happy
Halloween!). If I were you, I'd start working on a supplemental degree...20
sem. hours...in art ed. while you're teaching now. You'd have to have at
least THAT to start teaching art here. Toodles.......
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526