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Adult Basic Education

603 CMR 47.00
Licensure of Adult Basic Education Teachers and Preparation Program Approval

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47.07: Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements for Adult Basic Education Teachers

(1) English/Reading and Writing
(a) Literature:
  1. Literature appropriate for a range of adult reading levels.
  2. Genres, literary elements, and literary techniques.
  3. Nature, history, and structure of the English language: lexicon and grammar.

(b) Reading and Writing:
  1. Knowledge of theories, practices, and programs for developing reading skills and reading comprehension for adult learners.
  2. Phonemic awareness and phonics: principles, knowledge, and instructional practices.
  3. Vocabulary development.
  4. Theories on the relationships between beginning writing and reading.
  5. Writing process and formal elements of writing.

(2) English as a Second Language

(a) Theories of language acquisition and development, including first and second language acquisition and development.

(b) Linguistics, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of English, other languages, and language variations.

(c) Language assessment procedures and instruments: selection, administration, and interpretation.

(3) Mathematics

(a) Basic principles and concepts related to mathematics, including algebra.

(b) Number sense and numeration.

(c) Patterns and functions.

(d) Geometry and measurement.

(e) Data analysis.

(4) History and Social Science

(a) Major developments and figures in Massachusetts, United States, and world history.

(b) Principles, ideals, institutions, and processes of American government and the Founding Documents of the United States.

(c) Basic geographical principles and concepts:
  1. Major physical features of the world.
  2. Key concepts of geography and its effects on various peoples.

(5) Science

(a) Basic principles and concepts of physical and life sciences appropriate to the adult secondary curriculum.

(b) Principles and procedures of scientific inquiry.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 47.00: M.G.L. c.69, § 1H.

Last Updated: November 24, 2004
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