Content/Subject Matter Specialization

Possible Experiences and Artifact/Evidence


  1. Benchmark: I know the central concepts of mathematics

    • Artifact: Praxis I Examination--Subtest Mathematics
    • Caption: Passed the subtest for mathematics on the Praxis I Examination in Spring Semester 2013 as a student at the University of Northern Iowa.
      • Attachment: screen-shot or scanned copy of my test resultswith my name and score clearly displayed (home address and other personally identifying information has been photo-shopped out of the image).
        • Visual Image: symbols from clip art of the areas in mathematics that were tested on the Praxis I Mathematics subtest (look at www.ets.org for areas tested for each section)

  1. Benchmark: I know the central concepts of social studies
    • Artifact: College-level coursework (24 semester hours) in the area of social studies
    • Caption: Completed coursework at UNI in the social sciences between Fall Semester 2010 and Spring Semester 2013 in the areas of geography, world history, United States history, and government.
      • Attachment: Scanned a copy of my transcript with social studies course numbers, names, and grades highlighted (home address and other personally identifying information has been "photo-shopped" out of the image).
        • Visual Image: Use WordArt tool in Word to create "word cloud." Write the topics and content important in the SS discipline: geography, world history, United States history, culture, food, family, traditions, survival, wars, compromise, exploration, territory, Lies My Teacher Told Me, government, and so forth. Image needs words to remain large enough to read when reduced to fit as an image on Artifact Page.
  2. Benchmark:


CONNECT--state the benchmark from the standard and why your experience (knowledge, performance, or disposition) is evidence of your competency...be specific.


ATTACHMENT--include an artifact (may be the actual document, a scanned copy, a URL to your website, or another type of item) that provides evidence of your skill or knowledge.






CONTENT/SUBJECT MATTER SPECIALIZATION: The candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

Consider the following questions as you make the connections between each artifact and the standard:
  • Show that you understand the central concepts of the one or more disciplines
  • Show that you understand the tools of inquiry of one or more disciplines
  • Show that you understand the structure of the discipline, too).
  • Show you understand students’ conceptual frameworks, developmental levels, and/or common misconceptions and how these things can influence the students’ learning.
  • Interdisciplinary ... how does one discipline relate to other subject areas? (Examples – how mathematics relates to science or how social studies relates to language arts.)