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10.58.532    ELEMENTARY

(1) The program requires that successful candidates:

(a) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of children and young adolescents and apply these understandings to construct learning opportunities that support individual student development, acquisition of knowledge, and engagement in learning;

(b) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the central concepts as outlined in Montana content standards, tools of inquiry, and structures of content for students across grades K-8 and engage students in meaningful learning experiences that develop students' competence in subject matter and skills for various developmental levels;

(c) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and research and apply knowledge in the areas of language, speaking and listening, reading and writing processes, literature, print and non-print texts, which are inclusive of texts from and about American Indians and tribes in Montana; and technology, and plan, implement, assess, and reflect on English/language arts and literacy instruction that promotes critical thinking and creates engagement;

(d) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the fundamental concepts of physical, life, earth, and space sciences to design and implement age-appropriate inquiry lessons to teach science, to build student understanding for personal and social applications, to convey the nature of science, the concepts in science and technology, the history and nature of science, including scientific contributions of American Indians and tribes in Montana;

(e) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the major concepts and procedures that define number operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability to engage elementary students in problem solving, reasoning, constructing arguments, communication, connections, and representation, including culturally inclusive lessons and examples relating to American Indians and tribes in Montana;

(f) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social studies, the integrated study of history, government, geography, economics, including personal financial literacy, and an understanding of the social sciences and other related areas to promote elementary students' abilities to make informed decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse democratic society, including the cultural diversity of American Indians and tribes in Montana, and interdependent world;

(g) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the content, functions, and achievements of dance, music, theater, and the visual arts as primary media for communication, inquiry, perspective, and engagement among elementary students, and culturally diverse performing and visual arts inclusive of the works of American Indian artists and art in Montana;

(h) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the major concepts in the subject matter of health education to create opportunities for student development and practice of skills that contribute to good health for all elementary students;

(i) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of human movement and physical activity as central elements to foster active, healthy life styles and enhanced quality of life for all elementary students;

(j) demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of interdisciplinary connections to integrate subject matter contents, employing inclusive ideas and issues that engage students' ideas, interests, concerns, and experiences;

(k) plan and implement instructional strategies based on knowledge of individual students, learning theory, content, connections across the curriculum, curricular goals, and community;

(l) demonstrate understanding of how elementary students, within different populations, including American Indians and tribes in Montana, differ in development and approaches to learning and demonstrate the ability to differentiate instruction for learners of all cognitive abilities;

(m) demonstrate knowledge of proven instructional strategies and use this knowledge to develop elementary students' ability to use critical thinking, problem solving, and current and emerging technologies;

(n) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior and apply this knowledge and understanding to foster active engagement in learning, self-motivation, and positive interaction and to create supportive learning environments;

(o) use knowledge and understanding of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques in elementary learning environments to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction among students; and

(p) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of formative and summative assessment strategies and use this knowledge and understanding to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social-emotional, and physical development of elementary students.

History: 20-2-114, MCA; IMP, 20-1-501, 20-2-121, MCA; NEW, 1979 MAR p. 492, Eff. 5/25/79; AMD, 1984 MAR p. 831, Eff. 5/18/84; AMD, 1989 MAR p. 397, Eff. 3/31/89; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 2722, Eff. 10/14/94; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 2406, Eff. 9/8/00; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 190, Eff. 2/9/07; AMD & TRANS, from 10.58.508, 2014 MAR p. 2936, Eff. 7/1/15.

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