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Proposed Fields of Certification

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Copyright 1989, Editorial Each certificate will reflect the professional knowledge and skills that all teachers should possess, the knowledge particular to the developmental level of the teacher's students, and the teacher's content and discipline-area knowledge. Each assessment will require a demonstration of depth, as well as breadth, of knowledge.

In some fields, such as middle-childhood and early-adolescence education, teachers could choose to be certified either as generalists or specialists in teaching a particular discipline.

In addition, teachers at various grade levels could choose more than one certification category to reflect the structure of schooling within their district. For example, a 5th-grade teacher could choose to receive a certificate in early- and middle-childhood education or in middle childhood and early adolescence.

Early Childhood (Prekindergarten-Grade 3)


Early and Middle Childhood (Grades K-6)


Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence (Grades 4-9)

Generalist

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies and History


Adolescence and Young Adulthood (Grades 7-12)

English

Mathematics

Science

Social studies and history

Vocational education: agriculture, business, health occupations, home economics, and industry/technology.


Early Childhood through Young Adulthood (Grades K-12)

Art

Foreign language: Spanish, French, and others.

Limited-English-proficient students (e.g., English as a second language, bilingual education).

Music

Physical education/health

Special education and exceptional-needs students, moderately handicapped, severely and profoundly handicapped, speech-impaired, hard of hearing and deaf, visually handicapped, deaf and blind, gifted and talented.

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