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TPE 1: Specific Pedagogical Skills for Subject Matter Instruction

Background Information: TPE 1.  TPE 1 is divided into two categories intended to take into account the differentiated teaching assignments of multiple subject and single subject teachers.  Multiple subject credential holders work in self-contained classrooms and are responsible for instruction in several subject areas; single subject teachers work in departmentalized settings and have more specialized assignments.  These categories are Subject-Specific Pedagogical Skills for Multiple Subject Teaching Assignments (1-A), and Subject-Specific Pedagogical Skills for Single Subject Teaching Assignments (1-B).

TPE 1B:Subject-Specific Pedagogical Skills for Single Subject Teaching Assignments

Teaching English-Language Arts in a Single Subject Assignment

Candidates for a Single Subject Teaching Credential demonstrate the ability to teach the state-adopted academic content standards for students in English-Language Arts (Grades 7-12).  They understand how to deliver a comprehensive program of systematic instruction in word analysis, fluency, and systematic vocabulary development; reading comprehension; literary response and analysis; writing strategies and applications; written and oral English Language conventions; and listening and speaking strategies and applications.  They know how to strategically plan and schedule instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards.  They understand how to make language (e.g., vocabulary, forms, uses) comprehensible to students and the need for students to master foundational skills as a gateway to using all forms of language as tools for thinking, learning and communicating.  They understand how to teach the advanced skills of research-based discourse; incorporate technology into the language arts as a tool for conducting research or creating finished manuscripts and multimedia presentations; focus on analytical critique of text and of a variety of media; and provide a greater emphasis on the language arts as applied to work and careers.  Candidates teach students how to comprehend and produce complex text, how to comprehend the complexity of writing forms, purposes, and organizational patterns, and how to have a command of written and oral English-language conventions.  They know how to determine the skill level of students through the use of meaningful indicators of reading and language arts proficiency prior to instruction, how to determine whether students are making adequate progress on skills and concepts taught directly, and how to determine the effectiveness of instruction and students’ proficiency after instruction.

Teaching Mathematics in a Single Subject Assignment

Candidates for a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics demonstrate the ability to teach the state-adopted academic content standards for students in mathematics (Grades 7-12).  They enable students to understand basic mathematical computations, concepts, and symbols, to use them to solve common problems, and to apply them to novel problems.  They help students understand different mathematical topics and make connections among them.  Candidates help students solve real-world problems using mathematical reasoning and concrete, verbal, symbolic, and graphic representations.  They provide a secure environment for taking intellectual risks and approaching problems in multiple ways.  Candidates model and encourage students to use multiple ways of approaching mathematical problems, and they encourage discussion of different solution strategies.  They foster positive attitudes toward mathematics, and encourage student curiosity, flexibility, and persistence in solving mathematical problems.

Additionally, Single Subject Candidates help students in Grades 7-12 to understand mathematics as a logical system that includes definitions, axioms, and theorems, and to understand and use mathematical notation and advanced symbols.  They assign and assess work through progress-monitoring and summative assessments that include illustrations of student thinking such as open-ended questions, investigations, and projects.

Teaching Science in a Single Subject Assignment

Candidates for a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science demonstrate the ability to teach the state-adopted academic content standards for students in science (Grades 7-12).  They balance the focus of instruction between science information, concepts, and principles.  Their explanations, demonstrations, and class activities serve to illustrate science concepts, and principles, scientific investigation, and experimentation.  Candidates emphasize the importance of accuracy, precision, and estimation.  Candidates encourage students to pursue science interests, especially students from groups underrepresented in science careers.  When live animals are present in the classroom, candidates teach students to provide ethical care.  They demonstrate sensitivity to students' cultural and ethnic backgrounds in designing science instruction.

Additionally, Single Subject Candidates guide, monitor and encourage students during investigations and experiments.  They demonstrate and encourage use of multiple ways to measure and record scientific data, including the use of mathematical symbols.  Single Subject Candidates structure and sequence science instruction to enhance students’ academic knowledge to meet or exceed the state-adopted academic content standards for students.  They establish and monitor procedures for the care, safe use, and storage of equipment and materials, and for the disposal of potentially hazardous materials.  

Teaching History-Social Science in a Single subject Assignment

Candidates for a Single Subject Teaching Credential in History-Social Science demonstrate the ability to teach the state-adopted academic content standards for students in history-social science (Grades 7-12).  They enable students to learn and use analytic thinking skills in history and social science while attaining the state-adopted academic content standards for students.  They use timelines and maps to reinforce students’ sense of temporal and spatial scale.  Candidates teach students how social science concepts and themes provide insights into historical periods and cultures.  They help students understand events and periods from multiple perspectives by using simulations, case studies, cultural artifacts, works of art and literature, cooperative projects, and student research activities.

Additionally, History-Social Science Single Subject Candidates connect essential facts and information to broad themes, concepts and principles, and they relate history-social science content to current or future issues.  They teach students how cultural perspectives inform and influence understandings of history.  They select and use age-appropriate primary and secondary documents and artifacts to help students understand a historical period, event, region or culture.  Candidates ask questions and structure academic instruction to help students recognize prejudices and stereotypes.  They create classroom environments that support the discussion of sensitive issues (e.g., social, cultural, religious, race, and gender issues), and encourage students to reflect on and share their insights and values.  They design activities to counter illustrate multiple viewpoints on issues.  Candidates monitor the progress of students as they work to understand, debate, and critically analyze social science issues, data, and research conclusions from multiple perspectives.


  • Unit/semester plan or lesson plan (1-2 days) demonstrating knowledge of and competency with subject matter academic content standards
  • Handout you have created to address content learning through different learning styles
  • Project for students with student samples (delete last names) and your responses to demonstrate knowledge of subject and academic content standards
  • Assessment of textbook that includes evaluation of text’s approach and coverage of subject matter concepts
  • Science - Demonstration/experiment: include lesson plan, photos, and review