The increased science and mathematics teacher licensure requirements for K-8 teachers are clearly necessary to prepare teachers to appropriately teach the new Virginia SOLs ; The expectations of a program equivalent to 12 hours of science and 12 hours of mathematics for the PreK-6 endorsement and the 21 hours each of math and science to teach middle school math and science must be chosen very carefully indeed if future teachers are to be prepared to teach the specific SOL content, as well as "practical applications and the use of appropriate technology“. Most Virginia colleges and universities are not currently offering the appropriate courses nor the courses taught in the appropriate manner to meet new licensure requirements. Both interdisciplinary courses and interdisciplinary degree programs may be required.
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Thornton, S. T.
"Challenges for Science and Mathematics Faculty,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss2/4