Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that science teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
Commendably, Minnesota does not offer certification in general science for secondary teachers.
Middle school science teachers must earn a specific middle level endorsement, which requires a minor in science and an initial license in either elementary or secondary teaching. Commendably, candidates must also pass the MTLE Middle Level Science test.
Regrettably, however, teachers holding elementary K-6 licenses may also teach grades 7 and 8 in self-contained classrooms (see Goal 1-E).
Minnesota Administrative Rules 8710.3340 www.mtle.nesinc.com
Minnesota asserted that although the reference to self-contained classrooms taught by teachers with a K-6 license is accurate, it should be noted that these settings are very rare and represent very unique student populations such as those in a one-room schoolhouse: "The vast majority of teachers teach in a middle school, junior high school, or combined middle and high school, and are held to the requirement of a content-specific endorsement."