FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is Transitional Licensure in Visual Arts K-12? To receive a teaching license in the Transitional Licensure program at MCA, a candidate must: • be employed as a full-time teacher • have an undergraduate degree which meets certain general education requirements • have a minimum of 24 hours of studio coursework • be hired by a school system on a Transitional License • take 19 hours of art education coursework with 6 hours each year under a permit normally from August to May • receive acceptable evaluations from administration • turn in all required paperwork to the school system and the college (mentoring logs, etc.) • reapply for the permit each year and pass all Praxis II exams before receiving a teaching license All of this is done while teaching, and must be completed in a three-year period (no exceptions per the State Department of Education). No student teaching is required. Most local school systems require a letter from the Graduate Art Education Office stating that a candidate meets the requirements to enter a program of study before they hire. Contact the Graduate Art Education Office for assistance.
What is the difference between Transitional Licensure only and a MAT (Master of Art in Teaching)? The MAT program is a master’s degree with licensure. Transitional Licensure coursework may apply to this degree. Candidates must complete additional graduate coursework (a minimum of 15 hours of graduate credit), complete the Action Research/Thesis project, and participate in a graduate exhibition. Why should I get a Master’s degree? At this time, systems and states are reviewing many new options to evaluate teachers. A master’s degree demonstrates continued commitment to the field and professional growth. • Reciprocity • Deeper knowledge of art education pedagogy and content knowledge • Reflective practioner