National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Standards National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers

The 2017 revision of the National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers became operational on January 1, 2018. This date also signifies the start of a two-year sunset period for the 2004 standards, which will expire on December 31, 2019. All programs seeking national recognition during the spring 2020 cycle and beyond will be required to submit using the standards found in the 2017 NCSS National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers. Because at least two applications of each assessment are required for national recognition, the spring 2019 cycle is the earliest that programs would be able to submit using the revised 2017 standards.

  2004 NCSS Standards
Report Forms Use these report forms for 2004 and 2017 NCSS National Standards

Option A Program Report Form

Option B Program Report Form
Instructions Use these Instructions for 2004 and 2017 NCSS National Standards

Option A Instructions

Option B Instructions
Resources


The 2017 National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers
 (PDF linked)

This 2017 National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers contains the application and approval package for Social Studies Education programs; in addition to the standards, this document includes their supporting explanations, rubrics, evidence guide, and contact information for questions.