The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Kansas requires an "early adolescent" endorsement (grades 5-8) for all middle school teachers. The state also requires candidates to complete a subject-matter major or its equivalent.
All new middle school teachers in Kansas are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
Differentiate between single and multiple subject middle school teachers.
Kansas is commended for not allowing middle school teachers to teach on a K-8 generalist license. However, it should encourage middle school teachers who plan to teach multiple subjects to earn two minors in two core academic areas, rather than a single major. Kansas should retain its requirement for a subject-area major for middle school candidates who intend to teach a single subject.
Kansas had no comment on this goal.