Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that social studies teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
Montana offers secondary certification in broad-field social studies, which must include a concentration in history and government and additional coursework in economics, geography, psychology and/or sociology. Teachers with this license are not limited to teaching general social studies but rather can teach any of the topical areas. Candidates are not required to pass a subject-matter test.
Montana does not articulate any specific coursework or testing requirements for middle school social studies teachers, who are allowed to teach on a generalist K-8 license (see Goal 1-E).
Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.412; 10.58.523
Require secondary social studies teachers to pass tests of content knowledge for each social studies discipline they intend to teach.
Although coursework plays a key role in teachers' acquisition of content knowledge, it should be accompanied by the requirement of an assessment, which is the only way to ensure that teachers possess adequate knowledge of the subject area.
Require middle school social studies teachers to pass a test of content knowledge that ensures sufficient knowledge of social studies.
Montana declined to respond to NCTQ's analyses.