M Denise’s Answer
combination of speech and communications classes and education courses to be certified as a teacher. In your last year, you have to intern (observe) a teacher in the classroom for a semester, then you have to student teach. You are assigned an experience teacher, and you teach her classes while she observes every day for 8 weeks. So in your case, you would take art music and drama courses, and education to be certified as a teacher. I advise you to choose a subject you are passionate about, and to be sure you are passionate about teaching young people. We need good teachers, and students deserve teachers that are willing to work hard and give them their best.
M Denise recommends the following next steps:
- Decide what grade level you are best suited for - Elementary, Middle School, High School or College. College teachers require a masters degree and course work toward your PhD, and must publish articles to become tenured.
- Shadow a teacher. Ask to sit in on a class.
- Determine what colleges offer teaching degrees in your desired specialization - art, drama, music
- Volunteer as a way of preparing for your career. Join a choir or an orchestra and observe how the directors teach music. Volunteer at a community center, YMCA, or Boys and Girls Club that offers art or drama classes. Become involved in your school or community theatre. Try to learn all aspects of productions, performing all the jobs from acting, directing, and technical arts (set design, lighting, sound, costumes, stage manager, etc.) The more experience you have, the better teacher you will become.
- Immerse yourself in the arts. Attend every concert, art showing, and theatre production you can to learn as much as you can about the arts. Good Luck. You can do it!