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ERIC Number: EJ765225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
History Teacher Certification Standards in the States
Brown, Sarah Drake
History Teacher, v39 n3 p367-380 May 2006
During the last twenty years, history educators have noted a sea change in the concern expressed by scholars, policymakers, and the general public about the teaching and learning of history in schools. The 1983 report, "A Nation at Risk", was a catalyst for this movement with its focused attention and support for a core curriculum based on academic subjects. Subsequent movements for national goals, national standards, and history specific testing in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) illustrated the influence of "A Nation at Risk" and the growing concern for inclusion of history in a substantive, strengthened academic core curriculum. In concert with a rising interest in history education, concern developed about the quality of teacher education and teacher certification. Many researchers, theorists, and specialists voiced their perspective on the issue of teacher certification. Of particular interest for history educators is the extent to which teachers of history are certified to teach the discipline and specifically what being "certified" entails. Given this context, in the spring of 2002 John J. Patrick, now professor emeritus at Indiana University, and the author began to investigate the state of history education nationwide. Their study addressed teacher certification in history; content standards for teachers; content standards for students; high school graduation and exit examination requirements in history; assessments in history; and resources and organizations that are available at the state level for history teachers. During the fall of 2005 the author revisited the areas of teacher certification and standards for teachers. This essay focuses on their 2002 findings pertaining to teacher certification and content standards for teachers and changes that have occurred over the past three years. (Contains 21 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001