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​CSPG 35 - Citizenship Education (7-12)

Modified: July 1, 2004

Citizenship Education is a group of programs that: produce competent citizens who are aware of their rights and responsibilities, describe how individuals can facilitate governmental functions and contribute to the well-being of their community through civic action (civics and government); analyze and interpret past events (history); describe physical and human phenomena that make up the world’s environments and places (geography); describe the behavior of individuals and institutions engaged in the production, exchange and consumption of goods and services (economics).

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

An individual holding a valid PA certificate for Citizenship Education is qualified to teach Citizenship Education courses to students in grades 7 through 12.

Certification Assignment

An individual holding a valid PA certificate for Citizenship Education is qualified to teach courses and programs in areas to include: Pennsylvania, United States, or world history; geography; civics and government; economics, international trade and global economies; political science; local/state/national commerce, international relations; American and world cultures.

At the middle level, the Citizenship Education teacher will also provide instruction, adjusted to the students’ ability when below proficient.

Certificate Clarifications

An individual holding a valid PA Social Studies certification may teach Citizenship Education courses in Grades 7 through 12.

Individuals who have received a certificate in citizenship education prior to September 1, 2005, may teach social studies or citizenship education coursework. Individuals receiving a certificate in citizenship education after September 1, 2005, will be permitted to teach all social studies courses with the exception of psychology, sociology or anthropology.

Educators holding a Citizenship Education certificate may teach Citizenship Education courses to special education and gifted students within the scope of the certificate.

A person holding a previously issued valid PA certificate on which was endorsed a single discipline certification area (that is: History, History and Government, Geography*, Economics, Economic Geography, Government, Political Science, Philosophy) may be assigned to teach only that particular subject area. In addition:

  • Civics courses may be taught by an educator holding the older and a valid PA single discipline certification area for Political Science, or for History and Government.
  • World Cultures may be taught by an educator holding the older and valid PA single discipline certification area for History, History and Government, Geography, or Anthropology.
  • American Cultures may be taught by an educator holding the older and valid PA single discipline certification area for History, or Geography*, or Sociology.

Special Considerations

An educator certified in this field may provide school staff development services regarding their collegial studies/skills, may serve in the role of mentor or advisor, and may assist students in understanding the “reading” content area materials related to this subject area.

Restrictions

A person holding a Citizenship Education certificate, gained after September 1, 2005, may not be assigned to teach Sociology, Anthropology or Psychology courses.

*A person holding the older single discipline certification area for Geography may teach Geography, American or World Cultures courses only when the educator’s collegiate academic preparation included a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in the area of social, economic, and political geography. If, however, the individual’s preparation was in the physical sciences and physical geography, please refer to the Certification Staffing Assignment for Earth and Space Science.

An educator holding the older single discipline PA certification area for Sociology or Anthropology may continue to teach World or American Culture courses. Refer also to the Certification Staffing Assignment for Social Studies.

References

Program Specific Standards and Guidelines for Certification.

22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22 (c)(4), §4.23 (c)(4), §4.23 (e)

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81, §49.142

Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604

Other CSPGs for Reference

Social Sciences, Social Studies

THIS REVISION SUPERSEDES ALL EARLIES CSPG;S CARRYING THIS NUMBER AND/OR ADDRESSING THIS SUBJECT. PREVIOUS PRINTING DATES ON THIS SUBJECT: 3/75, 2/79, 1/81, 1/87.