The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Indiana requires an "early adolescent generalist" certificate (grades 5-9) for all middle school teachers. Candidates must earn a concentration in two content core subjects from the four core subjects: language arts, science, social studies and mathematics.
All new middle school teachers in Indiana are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
Indiana Administrative Code 515 IAC 8-1-1.6 www.ets.org/praxis
Differentiate between single and multiple subject middle school teachers.
Although Indiana is commended for not allowing middle school teachers to teach on a K-8 generalist license, it should allow middle school candidates who intend to teach a single subject to earn a major in that area.
Indiana recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that forthcoming licensing regulations will address this issue.