The state should ensure that social studies teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
Indiana articulates that secondary social studies teachers must qualify for a concentration in at least one of the following content areas: economics, geographical perspectives, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology or sociology. The state also stipulates that teachers may only teach in the social studies areas of concentration. Further, as of September 1, 2012, candidates must pass the subject-specific Praxis II content test; the general social studies test will no longer be available.
Commendably, the state requires middle school social studies teachers to pass the Praxis II "Middle School Social Studies" test.
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