The content described here intends to reflect the content teachers need to meet the current and future state of elementary education. Should the field decide that some of these topics are no longer of importance, they should be dropped from state licensure tests and school curricula before they are dropped from elementary teacher preparation.
Although neither art nor music is included on many licensing tests, there is no shortage of support behind the idea that elementary teachers should have some understanding and appreciation of both. While the analysis and recommendations stemming from A Fair Chance focus on building knowledge of English language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics, programs can also seek to build candidates' familiarity with art and music by requiring courses on these topics.
The core content areas examined in this report do not encompass everything elementary teachers must learn, omitting scientifically based reading methods, pedagogy, classroom management, assessment, collaborating with parents and families, and many other essential topics. We focus specifically on the core subject matter that teachers will be expected to teach, and do not delve into everything they need to know about how to teach it.