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NCTQ Standard 9 - Common Core Content for Special Education

The program ensures that teacher candidates’ content preparation aligns with the Common Core State Standards in the grades they are certified to teach.

Standard applies to: Special Education programs.

Indicators that the program meets the standard:

9.1 Programs training special education teacher candidates for an elementary setting must require the same content preparation as specified in elementary content preparation indicators 6.1 and 6.3.

9.2 Undergraduate programs training special education teachers for secondary settings require candidates to earn subject-area minors (equivalent to at least 15 semester credit hours) in at least two of the following disciplines: English, mathematics, history, biology, chemistry or physics. Graduate programs address content preparation along the lines specified in secondary content preparation indicator 7.7, with appropriate modification to accommodate preparation in two disciplines.

9.3 Programs residing in a state where discrete elementary and secondary special education licenses are available should require content preparation for candidates that sufficiently focuses either on elementary or secondary preparation (as described above).