Ties to National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Social Studies

In order to gain National Board certification in Social Studies (Early Adolescence or Adolescence & Young Adulthood), the requirements outline steps to disciplinary literacy in social studies:

  • The ability to interpret and combine source materials,
  • The ability to deal with diverse interpretations of issues concerning society and culture,
  • The ability to mount arguments directed at analytical questions,
  • The capacity to test models applied to social and cultural phenomena,
  • The ability to assess causation and the impact of historical change,
  • The capacity to assess the impact of cultural factors in shaping human institutions and behaviors, and
  • The ability to compare societies and cultures in order to enhance understanding.