2011 Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that middle school teachers are sufficiently prepared to teach appropriate grade-level content.
Pennsylvania will now require an elementary/middle-level (4-8) certification for its middle school teachers. Candidates may choose between two design options. The first option is the completion of one concentration (30 credit hours) in either English/language arts and reading, math, science or social studies. Candidates must then also complete 12 credit hours in each of the remaining three areas.
The second option is the completion of a concentration in two content areas. The state recommends a minimum of 21 credits in each content-area concentration, with 12 credits in each of the two remaining content areas.
All new middle school teachers in Pennsylvania are currently required to pass a single-subject Praxis II content test to attain licensure; a general content knowledge test is not an option. Beginning April 2, 2012, the state will begin to require modular format tests for its new programs.
The Framework for Grades 4-8 http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_123236_588882_0_0_18/4_8ProgramGuidelines.pdf www.ets.org/praxis
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