MESSAGE

NCTQ Standard 8 - Common Core High School Content

The program ensures that teacher candidates have the content preparation necessary to successfully teach to the Common Core State Standards. 

Standard applies to: Secondary programs

Higher education institutions have traditionally articulated their vision of teacher preparedness in a subject area by defining a prescribed course of study through a major or minor. For high school teachers charged with teaching many different subjects subsumed under one certification, pursuing multiple majors is impractical.  A credit count system is also particularly challenging to impose on teacher candidates entering graduate programs of study. 

Indicators that the program meets the standard:

8.1 Using an outcomes-based approach, each pathway to high school certification listed below requires that in every subject, the teacher will be qualified to teach either:

  •  A series of rigorous stand-alone tests OR
  • A rigorous test of multiple subject areas that provides cut-scores for each separate subjects specific test section.
  • Absent such licensing tests used to verify competency, we look for institutions to require or verify courses of study as follows.

8.2 At the undergraduate level, a high school teacher candidate seeking certification in mathematics must have a major consisting of at least 30 semester credit hours, including at least 24 credit hours of general audience mathematics coursework.

8.3 a high school teacher seeking certification in English must have a major consisting of at least 30 semester hours, including at least 24 credit hours of general audience English coursework.

8.4 Science requirements

8.5 Social Studies requirements

8.6 At the graduate level the burden posed by a stringent credit count does not relieve the program of its responsibility to ensure that high school teacher candidates in each pathway to certification (Math, Eng, the sciences, Social Sciences) meet requirements for content knowledge preparation.  If candidates have significant weaknesses in content knowledge, the program works with the candidate to remedy them.