The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Florida requires middle grades certification (grades 5-9) for all middle school teachers. The state offers middle grades certification for four specific subject areas: English, math, science and social science. Candidates must earn a major or complete 18 credit hours in their intended teaching field.
All new middle school teachers are required to pass a specific subject-area test, one of the "Florida Teacher Certification Examination" tests, to attain licensure.
Florida has approved the repeal of its middle grades integrated curriculum certification, which will now ensure specific content certification rather than an integrated model.
Florida was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis.