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1.0 Content

This regulation shall apply to the issuance of an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a). The Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate is required for Birth to Grade 2 in Delaware public schools. Notwithstanding the foregoing requirement, the Elementary Teacher Standard Certificate (14 DE Admin. Code 1521) may be used for grades K to 2 in lieu of the Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate.

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

 

2.0 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning:

Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.

Educator” means a person licensed and certified by the State under 14 Del.C. Ch. 12 to engage in the practice of instruction, administration or other related professional support services in Delaware public schools, including charter schools, pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the State Board of Education. The term ‘educator’ does not include substitute teachers.

"Employing Authority" means any entity which employs educators, and includes, but is not limited to, school districts, charter schools, boards of directors, and management companies.

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 the educator’s unfitness or otherwise.

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

Regionally Accredited” means educational accreditation by a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education offered by the institutions of higher education it accredits, including Middle States Commission on Higher 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.

Valid and Current License or Certificate” means a current full or permanent certificate or license as an educator issued by another state or jurisdiction. This means the applicant is fully credentialed by having met all of the requirements for full licensure or certification as an educator in another state or jurisdiction and is in good standing in that state or jurisdiction. It does not include temporary, emergency, conditional certificates of eligibility or expired certificates or licenses issued from another state or jurisdiction.

21 DE Reg. 303 (10/01/17)

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

3.0 Issuance of a Standard Certificate

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate to an applicant who:

3.1.1 Holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or a Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003 and meets the requirements set forth in Section 4.0 of this regulation; or

3.1.2 Has met the requirements for an educator's license in Delaware and presents proof of a Valid and Current License or Certificate as an early childhood teacher issued by another state or jurisdiction.

3.2 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein, the Department shall not act on an application for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate if the applicant is under official investigation by any national, state, or local authority with the power to issue educator licenses or certifications. The Department shall not act where the allegations include but are not limited to conduct such as Immorality, misconduct in office, incompetence, willful neglect of duty, disloyalty, or falsification of credentials until the applicant provides evidence of the investigation’s resolution.

8 DE Reg. 1612 (05/01/05)

11 DE Reg. 667 (11/01/07)

16 DE Reg. 755 (01/01/13)

21 DE Reg. 303 (10/01/17)

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

4.0 Prescribed Education, Knowledge, and Skill Requirements

4.1 For an applicant who does not hold a content area Standard Certificate, the applicant shall have satisfied the requirements in subsections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.

4.1.1 The applicant shall have satisfied 1 of the following education requirements:

4.1.1.1 Obtained and currently maintain an Early Childhood Generalist certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; or

4.1.1.2 Earned a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework in early childhood education from an educator preparation program approved or recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or a state where the state approval body employed the appropriate standards; or

4.1.1.3 Satisfactorily completed an alternative routes for licensure or certification program to teach early childhood education as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or

4.1.1.4 Satisfactorily completed a Department-approved educator preparation program in early childhood education.

4.1.2 The applicant shall have achieved a minimum score of 160 on the Praxis Subject Assessment – Education of Young Children (ETS Test Code # 5024). Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the applicant did not achieve the minimum score, the applicant shall meet the requirements set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1519 Multiple Measures for Demonstrating Content Knowledge.

4.2 For an applicant who holds at least 1 content area Standard Certificate, the applicant shall have achieved the minimum score on the examination as provided in subsection 4.1.2. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the applicant did not achieve the minimum score, the applicant shall meet the requirements set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1519 Multiple Measures for Demonstrating Content Knowledge.

16 DE Reg. 755 (01/01/13)

21 DE Reg. 303 (10/01/17)

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

5.0 Application Requirements

5.1 If an applicant is applying for an Initial License, a Standard Certificate must be applied for simultaneously with the application for the Initial License, and the applicant shall also provide all required documentation for the License.

5.2 If the applicant is also applying for the issuance or renewal of an educator's license or paraeducator's permit, the applicant must disclose the applicant's criminal conviction history upon application. Failure to disclose a criminal conviction history is grounds for denial of the license or permit application as specified in 14 Del.C. §1219 and it could delay the processing or result in the denial of the application for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate.

5.3 For an applicant who does not hold a content area Standard Certificate, the following documentation is required with the application for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate:

5.3.1 Evidence of obtaining and maintaining an Early Childhood Generalist certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, if applicable; and

5.3.2 Official transcript from the applicant’s Regionally Accredited college or university.

5.3.2.1 Electronic transcripts may be submitted by the Employing Authority or by the applicant’s Regionally Accredited college or university; or

5.3.2.2 Sealed paper transcripts may be submitted.

5.3.2.3 The Department will not accept copies of transcripts; and

5.3.3 Official score on the Praxis Subject Assessment as provided in subsection 4.1.2; and

5.3.4 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

5.4 For an applicant who holds at least 1 content area Standard Certificate, the following documentation is required in the application for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate:

5.4.1 Official score on the Praxis Subject Assessment as provided in subsection 4.2; and

5.4.2 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

5.5 For applicants who have met the requirements for licensure as an educator in Delaware and hold a Valid and Current License or Certificate as an early childhood teacher from another state or jurisdiction, the following documentation is required in the application for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate:

5.5.1 An official copy of the Valid and Current License or Certificate; and

5.5.2 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

6.0 Secretary of Education Review

6.1 The Secretary of Education may, upon the written request of a local school district or charter school, review credentials submitted in an application for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate on an individual basis and grant such a Standard Certificate to an applicant who otherwise does not meet the requirements for an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate but whose effectiveness is documented by the local school district or charter school.

6.1.1 For school districts, requests shall be approved by the superintendent of the school district.

6.1.2 For charter schools, requests concerning the head of school of the charter school shall be approved by the charter school's board of directors and requests concerning all other applicants shall be approved by the charter school's head of school.

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

7.0 Validity of a Standard Certificate

7.1 An Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate is valid regardless of the assignment or employment status of the holder provided that the Educator’s License remains current and valid.

7.2 An Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate is not subject to renewal.

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

8.0 Disciplinary Action

8.1 An Educator’s Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate may be revoked, suspended, or limited for cause as provided in 14 DE Admin. Code 1514 Limitation, Suspension, and Revocation of Licenses, Certificates, and Permits.

8.2 An Educator’s Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate shall be revoked if the Educator's Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or Professional Status Certificate is revoked or the Educator made a materially false or misleading statement in the Educator’s application in accordance with 14 Del.C. §1222.

8.3 An Educator whose certificate is noticed for disciplinary action is entitled to a full and fair hearing before the Standards Board. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with 14 DE Admin. Code 1515 Hearing Procedures and Rules.

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

9.0 Past Certificate Recognized

The Department shall recognize an Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate that was issued by the Department prior to the effective date of this regulation. An Educator holding such a Standard Certificate shall be considered certified to teach early childhood education.

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

 

10.0 Contact Information and Change of Name or Address

10.1 All applicants and Educators are required to update their contact information in DEEDS if their contact information changes.

10.2 An Educator who legally changes the Educator's name and wishes to change the name on the Early Childhood Teacher Standard Certificate shall provide a notarized copy of evidence of the name change such as a marriage license or court action.

10.3 An applicant or Educator whose mailing address, email address, or phone number changes shall provide the Department with the new mailing address, email address, or phone number within 14 calendar days of the change.

8 DE Reg. 1612 (05/01/05)

Renumbered effective 06/01/07 - see Conversion Table

11 DE Reg. 667 (11/01/07)

16 DE Reg. 755 (01/01/13)

21 DE Reg. 303 (10/01/17)

24 DE Reg. 678 (01/01/21)

26 DE Reg. 557 (01/01/23)

 

Last Updated: October 05 2023 20:11:30.
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