The state should ensure that social studies teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
Georgia does not offer secondary certification in general social studies. Teachers must be certified in a specific discipline within the subject area of social studies.
Middle school social studies teachers must complete at least two areas of concentration in the following: reading, language arts, mathematics, science or social science. The state defines an area of concentration as a minimum of 15 semester hours. Commendably, candidates must also pass a specific GACE "Middle Grades Social Science" assessment.
Georgia Rule 505-3-.26 Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators www.gace.nesinc.com
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