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Table 8. Number of public high school-level teachers who reported a particular main assignment and the percentage with a major in their main assignment awarded outside a department, college, or school of education and a certification in that main assignment, by selected main assignments: 2003–04

Selected main assignment Number of teachers Major in main assignment awarded outside a department, college, or school of education No major in main assignment awarded outside a department, college, or school of education
Total   Certified   Not certified   Total   Certified   Not certified   Total certified
English  134,900 30.3   24.6   5.7   69.7   55.6   14.2   80.2
Mathematics  128,500 24.6   19.8   4.8   75.4   57.4   18.0   77.2
Science  106,100 41.0   31.4   9.6   59.0   48.6   10.3   80.0
Biology/life sciences  42,600 35.8   23.6   12.2   64.2   45.4   18.8   69.0
Physical science  57,400 26.8   17.7   9.2   73.2   42.5   30.7   60.1
Chemistry  21,700 25.9   16.9   9.0   74.1   45.0   29.1   61.9
Earth sciences  10,900 13.5   11.2   2.2 ! 86.5   40.4   46.1   51.6
Physics  9,200 25.0   13.7   11.3   75.0   47.3   27.7   61.0
Social science  111,600 29.5   24.6   4.9   70.5   57.2   13.3   81.8
Economics  5,200 11.8   6.4   5.4   88.2   11.0   77.2   17.4
Geography  8,400 1.7 ! 1.0 ! 0.7 ! 98.3   17.1   81.2   18.1
Government/civics  14,700 4.8   1.9 ! 2.9   95.2   18.4   76.8   20.3
History  57,200 21.7   9.9   11.8   78.3   26.8   51.5   36.7
French  9,800 37.8   30.7   7.1   62.2   51.8   10.4   82.5
German  3,400 44.7   36.6   8.1   55.3   44.1   11.3   80.6
Latin  2,000 35.1   28.5   6.6 ! 64.9   42.9   22.0   71.4
Spanish  37,000 23.8   18.3   5.5   76.2   57.5   18.7   75.7
Art/Arts or crafts1  29,700 20.3   15.8   4.5   79.7   67.8   11.9   83.6
Music1  36,300 17.7   14.3   3.4   82.3   68.0   14.3   82.3
Dance/theater1  6,800 26.0   21.2   4.8   74.0   51.0   23.1   72.1
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Teachers of art/arts or crafts, music, and dance/theater were allowed to report an ungraded or secondary-level certification.
NOTE: Teachers include traditional public and public charter teachers who taught departmentalized classes to students in any of grades 10–12, or grade 9 and no grade lower. Under science and social science, several subfields are examined in detail. These subfields are not inclusive of all subfields in the subject and, therefore, do not add to the broad field total. See the appendixes of Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Core Subjects: Evidence from the 2003–04 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2008–338) for technical notes and specific definitions of subjects within main assignment fields and major/certification areas. "Major in main assignment awarded outside a department, college, or school of education" columns include only teachers who earned their major outside the school/college of education. Majors in main assignment are credited if they were earned at the bachelor's degree level or higher. "No major in main assignment awarded outside a department, college, or school of education" columns include an in-subject major earned within the college/school of education or an out-of-subject major. "Certified" columns contain teachers with a regular/probationary certification in-subject and at the secondary level. In cases where a teacher earned two majors under the first bachelor's degree, the department that awarded the first bachelor's degree (T0118) was used to assign where the first (T0119) and second (T0121) majors were earned. All teachers who earned an educational specialist/professional diploma or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies were flagged as having received the degree from the school/college of education. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2003–04.


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