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1.0 Content

1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Bilingual Teacher (Category).

1.1.1 This certification is required for an educator within district-identified bilingual classrooms or bilingual programs for grades K to 12 that are identified to serve students who are English Language Learners or immersion program students.

1.1.2 This certification is a category certificate and does not certify an educator to practice in a particular area or teach a particular subject. A category certificate only establishes that an educator has met the prescribed knowledge, skill, or education to instruct a particular category of students specified. This certification is limited to the specific category of teaching students who are English Language Learners or immersion program students.

1.1.3 This certification may not be issued alone and an educator shall hold at least one subject or area certification.

1.2 Except as otherwise provided, the requirements set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto, are incorporated herein by reference.

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2.0 Definitions

2.1 The definitions set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto, are incorporated herein by reference.

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

Passing score” means a minimum score as established by the Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with the approval of the State Board of Education.

"Target language" means, for the purpose of this regulation, the world language of the bilingual classroom or bilingual program.

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3.0 Standard Certificate

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as a Bilingual Teacher to an educator who has met the following:

3.1.1 Holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License; or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003; and,

3.1.2 Has met the requirements as set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto; and

3.1.3 Holds a Standard Certificate in a subject or area; and

3.1.4 Has satisfied the additional requirements in this regulation.

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4.0 Additional Requirements

4.1 An educator shall also have satisfied each of the following requirements:

4.1.1 Demonstrated oral and written proficiency in English by:

4.1.1.1 Completion of a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university that is located in the United States or in a permanently inhabited territory of the United States in which the majority of courses were taught and assessed in the English language; or

4.1.1.2 Achieving a minimum level of Advanced Mid based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines on:

4.1.1.2.1 the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in English, and

4.1.1.2.2 the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in English.

4.1.2 Demonstrated oral and written proficiency in the target language of the bilingual classroom or bilingual program by:

4.1.2.1 Achieving a minimum level of Advanced Mid based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines on the ACTFL OPI in the target language, and

4.1.2.2 Achieving a passing score on the ACTFL WPT in the target language.

4.1.2.2.1 For the purposes of subsection 4.1.2.2 of this regulation, a passing score shall be:

4.1.2.2.1.1 For tests using the Roman alphabet, achieving a minimum level of Advanced Mid based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

4.1.2.2.1.2 For tests using a non-Roman alphabet, achieving a minimum level of Advanced Low based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

4.1.3 Completion of either:

4.1.3.1 A bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major or its equivalent in bilingual education from an educator preparation program approved or recognized by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), or a state where the state approval body employed the appropriate standards; or

4.1.3.2 A minimum of fifteen (15) credits or the equivalent thereof in professional development as approved by the Department in the following content areas:

4.1.3.2.1 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits);

4.1.3.2.2 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits);

4.1.3.2.3 Teaching Literacy for English Language Learners (3 credits);

4.1.3.2.4 Second Language Testing (3 credits); and

4.1.3.2.5 Structure of the English Language (3 credits).

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5.0 Past Certification Recognized

The Department shall recognize a Standard Certificate Bilingual Teacher issued before January 1, 2017. A teacher holding such a Standard Certificate issued by the Department before January 1, 2017 shall be considered certified as a Bilingual Teacher.

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6.0 Effective Date

This regulation shall be effective on January 1, 2017.

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/01/03)

10 DE Reg. 693 (10/01/06)

Renumbered effective 06/01/07 - see Conversion Table

12 DE Reg. 339 (09/01/08)

20 DE Reg. 447 (12/01/16)

 

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