CSPG 35 - Citizenship Education (7-12)
Modified: January 2023
Instructional Area Code 8825
Citizenship Education is a combination of disciplines that study, but are not limited to, individuals’ rights and responsibilities, including how individuals can facilitate governmental functions and contribute to the well-being of their community through civic action (civics and government); the analysis and interpretation of past events (history); physical and human phenomena that make up the world’s environments and places (geography); and 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 7-12. A person holding this certificate is also qualified to teach this content in the sixth (6th) grade. (See CSPG #104).
An individual holding a valid PA certificate for Citizenship Education is qualified to teach courses and programs in the following areas: Pennsylvania, United States, or world history; geography; civics and government; economics, personal finance, international trade, and global economies; political science; local/state/national commerce, international relations; American and World Cultures.
An individual holding a valid PA Social Studies certification may teach Citizenship Education courses in Grades 7-12.
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.
A person holding a previously issued valid PA certificate for a single discipline certification area (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.
- An educator holding the older single discipline PA certification area for Sociology or Anthropology may continue to teach American or World Culture courses.
An educator certified in this field may:
- Provide professional development.
- Serve in the role of mentor or advisor.
- Assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.
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
This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 3/75, 2/79, 1/81, 1/87.
Summary of Changes
- Clarified specific content areas.
- Updated formatting.