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Do special education teachers need dual certification -- special education plus content area certification -- to teach a self-contained special education class in a given subject at the high school level?
U.S. Department of Education:
The law requires that all teachers demonstrate competency in the core subjects they teach. However, certification requirements, as well as measures of competency, are determined by states. In other words, teachers might be able to demonstrate competency in one of several ways, such as a master's degree in the subject area, professional courses, experience teaching the subject, or results of students' test scores.
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