The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
New Jersey requires middle school teachers (grades 5-8) to teach on an "elementary school with subject matter specialization" endorsement. All candidates must earn an academic major. Those teaching more than one content area must be certified in each additional area, which requires 15 credit hours of study in that subject.
All new middle school teachers in New Jersey are also required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test in the appropriate area to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option.
New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:9-10.2; 6A:9-11.11 http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/license/endorsement.pl?string=999&maxhits=1000&field=1 www.ets.org/praxis
New Jersey recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.