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Rule 24:15:06:40 K-12 science specialist endorsement.

          24:15:06:40.  K-12 science specialist endorsement. A K-12 science specialist shall require the following:


          (1)  Advanced certification;

          (2)  Three years of experience teaching science in a K-12 setting;

          (3)  A demonstrated understanding of:


               (a)  K-12 scientific concepts and pedagogical content knowledge at the depth required for effective teaching;

               (b)  The nature of scientific inquiry and the process of learning science through inquiry;

               (c)  The historical development of scientific ideas;

               (d)  Connections of concepts across grade levels and connections to other disciplines;

               (e)  Current issues in science education reform (e.g. measurement of student achievement, legislation, state and national standards); and


          (4)  The study of and actual or simulated experience in the following areas:


               (a)  Use of findings from science education research to facilitate learning among all students;

               (b)  Evaluation of student understanding through written assessments, observation, and student questioning;

               (c)  Use of manipulatives and technology across all strands of scientific content areas to build student understanding;

               (d)  Use of multiple pedagogical approaches and awareness of potential benefits, challenges, and research base of each; and

               (e)  Instructional leadership to support the professional growth of other teachers and to provide guidance for parents, administrators, and the broader community.


          Source: 32 SDR 145, effective March 14, 2006; 36 SDR 169, effective May 11, 2010.

          General Authority: SDCL 13-1-12.1, 13-42-3.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 13-42-3, 13-42-4.


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