The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Connecticut requires a "middle grades certificate" for all middle school teachers. The state also requires that all middle school teacher candidates complete one of the following: a subject-area major, an interdisciplinary major, or 24 semester hours of study in a subject and 15 semester hours in a second subject.
All new middle school teachers in Connecticut are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
Regulations of State Board of Education, Sec. 10-145d-444, 445, 446 www.ets.org/praxis
Differentiate between single and multiple subject middle school teachers.
Connecticut is commended for ensuring that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach middle school-level content. Connecticut should, however, consider refining its policy by requiring the single major for teachers who plan to teach a single subject and the equivalent of two minors for those intending to teach multiple subjects.
Connecticut recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.