ERIC Number: ED224743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Standards for Certification/Preparation of Social Studies Teachers: A Fifty State Study.
Dumas, Wayne; Weible, Tom
A national survey determined minimum certification requirements for secondary social studies teachers in general education, professional education, and history/social science. Data were obtained through questionnaires completed by social studies education curriculum specialists and by officials in the certification divisions of state education departments. In some cases, telephone interviews were also conducted. Regarding the general education component, 23 states require some amount of coursework or competency in certain disciplines. Specifications for teacher education exist in 39 states. Regarding history/social science requirements for a social studies major, 40 states require coursework or competency by discipline, some mandating semester-credit-hour minimums. Comparing the state standards with national guidelines established by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), 41% of the states do not require social studies methods instruction and 31% do not require social foundations of education, both of which are expected by NCSS and NASDTEC. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Boston, MA, November, 1982).