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1.0 Content

This regulation shall apply to the issuance of an Initial License for educators, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1210.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

2.0 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification" means programs approved by the Department of Education to certify or license candidates who hold bachelors' degrees appropriate to the instructional field they desire to teach, but who did not complete a regionally accredited educator preparation program.

"Career and Technical Education" is also known as Vocational Education, Vocational Technical Education or Career Technical Education.

"Composite Score" means a total of an applicant's scores on all three (3) subtests of PRAXIS I which is equal to, or greater than, the sum of the passing scores on the three subtests. Scores from either the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test and/or from the PRAXIS I (CPPST) computerized test may be used when applying the composite score provision. Scores from the PRAXIS I computer based test (CBT) may be used when applying the composite score provision, but may not be used in conjunction with scores from the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test and/or with the PRAXIS I (CPPST) computerized test.

"Date of Hire" means the effective date of employment by a school district, charter school, or other employing authority.

"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.

"Educator" means a public school employee who holds a license issued under the provisions of 14 Del.C., Ch. 12, and includes teachers, specialists, and administrators, and as otherwise defined by the Standards Board and the State Board, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203, but does not include substitute teachers.

"Examination of General Knowledge" means a standardized test which measures general knowledge and essential skills in mathematics or quantitative and verbal skills, including reading and writing.

"Exigent Circumstances" means unanticipated circumstances or circumstances beyond the educator's control, including, but not limited to, expiration of a license during the school year, serious illness of the educator or a member of his/her immediate family, activation to active military duty, and other serious emergencies which necessitate the educator's temporarily leaving active service.

"Immorality" means conduct which is inconsistent with the rules and principles of morality expected of an educator and may reasonably be found to impair an educator's effectiveness by reason of his or her unfitness.

Jurisdiction" means a state, territory or country.

"License" means a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.

"Mentoring" means activities prescribed by the Department and other employing authority in which a holder of an Initial License must engage during the three year term of the Initial License.

"Novice Applicant" means an applicant who has not previously held an Initial License in Delaware.

"PRAXIS I or PPST" means a test from Educational Testing Service of general knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics.

"PRAXIS I CBT" means the discontinued PRAXIS I computer based test from Educational Testing Service taken between November 1993 and December 2001, with a possible score range of 300 to 335. Scores from the PRAXIS I CBT test may not be combined with scores from the PRAXIS I paper and pencil test or the PRAXIS I computerized test (CPPST) to derive a composite score.

"PRAXIS I CPPST" means the PRAXIS I computerized test from Educational Testing Service which began in January 2002. This test, which is delivered in a computer format, has a possible score range of 150 to 190. Scores from the CPPST and the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test may be combined for a composite scores.

"Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS)" is also known as Trade and Industrial Education, Career and Technical Education, Career Technical Education or Career-Technical Education.

"Standard Certificate" means a credential issued to certify that an educator has the prescribed knowledge, skill or education to practice in a particular area, teach a particular subject, or teach a category of students.

"Standards Board" means the Professional Standards Board established pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1201.

"State Board" means the State Board of Education of the State pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.

"Student Teaching Program" means a traditional student teaching placement within a National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification or National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) approved program offered by a college or university, or such alternatives as deemed appropriate to the program, such as supervised internships or other field based experience recognized as a required component of the regionally accredited educator preparation program.

"Suspension" means the temporary removal of an Initial License for failure to pass an approved examination of general knowledge within the timeframe permitted.

"Trade and Industries Teacher" means a Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher.

"Trade and Industries" means Skilled and Technical Sciences.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

3.0 Requirements for Initial License

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210, an applicant must meet all the requirements in this regulation for the Department to issue an Initial License.

3.2 An Initial License shall be issued to a novice applicant or other applicant who meets all the requirements in this regulation.

3.2.1 An applicant who previously held a Delaware initial license that has since expired will be treated as a novice applicant and must meet all the requirements in the regulation.

3.2.2 Notwithstanding the requirements in sections 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0, an Initial License shall also be issued to the following:

3.2.2.1 An applicant currently licensed as an educator in another jurisdiction with less than three years of successful teaching experience that meets all the other requirements herein.

3.2.2.2 An applicant who previously held a valid Delaware Standard or Professional Status Certificate who has been out of the profession for more than three years that meets all the other requirements herein.

3.2.2.3 An applicant who meets the criteria for Meritorious New Teacher candidate designation adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203.

3.3 In addition to an Initial License, applicants must also apply for a Standard Certificate in the particular area, subject, or category in which they wish to be employed, and must verify that they possess the prescribed knowledge, skill or education to practice in that area, subject, or category. (See 14 DE Admin. Code 1505). An initial license will not be issued if the applicant does not meet the requirements for certification.

3.4 An applicant for an Initial License shall submit the completed application form, official transcripts, and official scores on an approved examination of general knowledge to the Department.

3.4.1 Official transcripts shall be forwarded directly from the issuing institution or by the applicant in an unopened, unaltered envelope.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

4.0 Degree Requirements

4.1 To qualify for an initial license, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 4 year college or university;

4.2 For the purposes of this regulation, a bachelor's degree for a Skilled and Technical Sciences teacher shall be two (2) years of college or technical training, plus six (6) years of work experience as further defined in Section 9.0.

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5.0 Student Teaching Requirements and Alternatives

5.1 To qualify for an initial license, an applicant must successfully complete a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.

5.2 An approved alternative to student teaching is one year of successful teaching experience consisting of a minimum of 91 days of long term teaching experience at one assignment as specified within this regulation.

5.2.1 The one year of teaching experience must have occurred within the last year.

5.2.2 The teaching experience must consist of a minimum of 91 days of long term teaching experience at one assignment during which regular evaluations were conducted, evidencing at least satisfactory performance.

5.3 An approved alternative to student teaching is enrollment in an Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification program.

5.4 An approved alternative to student teaching is completion of the special institute.

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6.0 Examination of General Knowledge Requirements

6.1 To qualify for an initial license, an applicant must receive a passing score on an approved examination of general knowledge, such as PRAXIS I, or such other alternative as may be established by the Standards Board, with the approval of the State Board.

6.2 An applicant must provide the Department with official test scores for one or more of the required assessments of essential skills in the three required components of reading, writing, and mathematics as set forth in the table in section 18.0.

6.2.1 Unless otherwise stated in this regulation, an applicant may submit the official test scores of an approved alternative assessment to satisfy one or more of the three required essential skills components of reading, writing, and mathematics as set forth in the table in section 18.0.

6.2.1.1 Any Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores or NTE Communication Skills scores intended to be used as an exemption for the PPST or PRAXIS I, shall be submitted within the same timeline as that required for PRAXIS I and scores must predate the employment date.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

7.0 Timeline for Examination of General Knowledge

7.1 An applicant for an Initial License must pass an approved examination of general knowledge within the period of time from the date of hire to the end of the next, consecutive fiscal year.

7.1.1 Suspension

7.1.1.1 If proof of passage of an approved examination is not provided by the end of the next consecutive fiscal year, the Initial License shall be suspended. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the superintendent of the employing school district or charter school or other employing authority may submit to the Secretary of Education a written request for a one year extension. The request must document the effectiveness of the applicant.

7.1.1.2 Evidence of passage of an approved examination within the time period of the suspension shall result in the reinstatement of the Initial License.

7.1.1.3 If proof of passage of an approved examination is not provided by the end of the next consecutive fiscal year, the Initial License shall be suspended for a maximum of two years.

7.1.1.4 An applicant who does not pass an approved examination during the time period of the suspension, and whose Initial License is expired, must reapply and may be issued an Initial License, valid for three years, if the applicant meets the requirements for initial licensure then in effect.

7.2 Composite Score

7.2.1 An applicant for an Initial License who does not achieve a passing score on PRAXIS I, but whose score on PRAXIS I is within 2 points of the passing score on the reading, writing, or mathematics section of PRAXIS I may use a composite score to meet the requirements of passage.

7.2.1.1 Scores from either the paper and pencil PRAXIS I (PPST) test or from the computerized PRAXIS I (CPPST) test, begun in January, 2002, both of which have a possible score range of 159 to 190, may be used when applying the composite score provision. Scores from the PRAXIS I computer based test (CBT), taken between November, 1993 and December 31, 2001 may be used when applying the composite score provision, but may not be used in conjunction with the paper and pencil PRAXIS I test or with the computerized PRAXIS I (CPPST) test.

7.2.2 Notwithstanding the use of a composite score, an applicant who seeks to teach in the secondary content area of mathematics must meet the current state passing score for the PRAXIS I mathematics test. An applicant who seeks to teach in the secondary content area of English language arts must meet the current state passing score for the PRAXIS I reading and writing tests.

7.3 An applicant in a Skilled and Technical Sciences specific career area must pass an approved test within six (6) years of the date of employment or before the expiration of the Initial License, whichever is later.

7.4 There is no limit on the number of times an individual may take the PPST or PRAXIS I. Once passed, a section need not be taken again.

7.5 Passing scores in each area (reading, writing, mathematics) may be attained in any testing format.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

8.0 Submission of Scores of Examination of General Knowledge.

8.1 Test scores shall be official and sent directly from Educational Testing Service or other test vendor to the Department.

8.2 Unopened, unaltered envelopes containing PPST or PRAXIS I scores, or scores of acceptable alternatives, sent to the individual may be accepted as official. The Department shall determine whether the scores as presented are acceptable.

8.3 Direct verification from another State Department of Education shall be considered as official. An original of the grade form shall be forwarded directly from the other State Department to the Department. This method will be accepted only when official test scores from Educational Testing Service are not available.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

9.0 Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher Educational and Experience Requirements.

9.1 A bachelor's degree equivalent for a Skilled and Technical Sciences teacher shall be two (2) years of college or technical training, plus six (6) years of work experience. The requirement for two (2) years of college or technical training may be satisfied through the satisfactory completion of any one of the following options in the specific career area to be taught:

9.1.1 An associate's degree with a major in the specific career area; or

9.1.2 Two years of college majoring in the specific career area with at least 50% of the major courses required for a bachelor's degree satisfactorily completed; or

9.1.3 A state issued certificate indicating completion of apprenticeship hours and apprentice related training (e.g. journey papers) in the specific career area; or

9.1.4 Completion of four (4) years of sequential Delaware Trade Extension courses in the specific career area; or

9.1.5 Completion of four (4) years of National Center for Construction Education and Research's Contren documented training in the specific career area; or

9.1.6 A 70% or above score on both the written and performance elements of a Delaware Apprentice-related Education Provider's National Center for Construction Education and Research's Contren-derived full Apprentice Equivalency test-out covering all Apprentice-related Education years in the specific career area; or

9.1.7 Passage of the State of Delaware Licensing test in the specific career area, offered through the Division of Professional Regulation; or

9.1.8 576 hours of military training in the specific career area; or

9.1.9 576 hours postsecondary trade school training in the specific career area; or

9.1.10 A 70% or above score on both the written and performance teacher tests for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in the specific career area; or

9.1.11 An industry recognized certification of technical competence or journeyperson status in the specific career area; or

9.1.12 DOE approved equivalents of any one of the above including but not limited to equivalents from any combination of the above options.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

10.0 Hold on Application

The Department shall not act on an application for licensure if the applicant is under official investigation by any state or local authority with the power to issue educator licenses or certifications, where the alleged conduct involves allegations of immorality, misconduct in office, incompetence, willful neglect of duty, disloyalty or falsification of credentials, until the applicant provides evidence of the investigation's resolution.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

11.0 Validity of Initial License

11.1 An Initial License is valid for three (3) years, unless revoked, and may not be renewed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Initial License issued to an applicant in a Skilled and Technical Sciences specific career area is valid for up to six (6) years to provide time for completion of specified college level course work required for certification.

11.2 An Initial License issued to an applicant who is not currently employed by a school district, charter school, or other employing authority shall be inactive until such time as an applicant is employed by a public school district or charter school. Once employed, the Initial License shall be in effect for three (3) years from the date of hire until the last day of the month of issuance three (3) years later, except in the case of the Skilled and Technical Sciences specific career areas which shall expire on the last day of the month of issuance six (6) years later.

11.3 During the term of the Initial License, license holders are required to participate in a comprehensive educator induction program including mentoring and other prescribed professional development activities offered by the Department and by the school district or charter school or other employing authority in which they are employed.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

12.0 Applicants with Foreign Credentials

Applicants graduating from foreign institutions shall provide an analysis of the degree equivalency in a format approved by the Department, along with all other required application materials, which shall be reviewed by the Department.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

13.0 Extension for Exigent Circumstances

13.1 The Department may extend an Initial License for a period not to exceed one (1) year, exigent circumstances warranting the necessity of such extension.

13.1.1 A license holder whose license expires during the school year may have the Initial License extended until the last day of the fiscal year upon a request from the district superintendent, charter school administrator, or other employing authority. This extension shall be considered an exigent circumstance and shall not exceed one (1) year in length.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

14.0 Leave of Absence

An educator may take a leave of absence of up to three (3) years with no effect upon the validity or expiration of the Initial License.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

15.0 Criminal Conviction History

An applicant shall disclose his or her criminal conviction history upon application for an Initial License. Failure to disclose a criminal conviction history is grounds for denial or revocation of an Initial License as specified in 14 Del.C. §1219.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

16.0 Exceptions

This regulation shall apply to all requests for issuance of an Initial License, except as specifically addressed herein.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

17.0 Secretary of Education Review

The Secretary of Education may, at the request of the superintendent of a local school district or charter school administrator or other employing authority, review licensure credentials on an individual basis and grant a license to an applicant who otherwise does not meet the requirements for Initial License, but whose effectiveness is documented by the local school district, charter school, or other employing authority.

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

18.0 Required Assessments or Approved Alternatives for Examination of General Knowledge

Cut Score
Effective Date-Tests taken
Provider & Test#

7 DE Reg. 161 (8/1/03)

7 DE Reg. 623 (11/103)

7 DE Reg. 1181 (3/1/04)

12 DE Reg. 945 (01/01/09)

17 DE Reg. 610 (12/01/13)

 

Last Updated: March 12 2013 11:25:29.
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