DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Professional Standards Board

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 1205(b) (14 Del.C. §1205(b))

14 DE Admin. Code 1565

FINAL

REGULATORY IMPLEMENTING ORDER

1565 World Language Teacher

I. SUMMARY OF THE EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION SUBMITTED

The Professional Standards Board, acting in cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Education, seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend regulation 14 DE Admin. Code 1565 World Language Teacher The regulation concerns the requirements for certification of educational personnel, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a). It is necessary to amend this regulation to allow for the certification of American Sign Language and other World Language teachers for whom the typical examination of content knowledge may not be applicable and available. This regulation sets forth the requirements for a World Language Teacher.

Notice of the proposed amendment of the regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on December 3, 2010 in the form hereto attached as Exhibit “A”. The notice invited written comments. Written comments were received from the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Councils expressed concern that section 3.1 did not apply to teachers with certificates issued on or after August, 31, 2003. Upon review of subsection 3.1 it was determined that this concern was unwarranted. The Councils also expressed concern regarding the strength of the proficiency standards. The Professional Standards Board took the comments under consideration and determined that changes were not deemed necessary. The PSB reviewed the standards and the levels specified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) using supporting documentation and the rationale in reaching the levels specified. In areas where a test is not applicable and available, the regulation requires 15 credits or their equivalent in professional development that must be approved by the Department of Education.

II. FINDINGS OF FACTS

The Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education find that it is appropriate to amend this regulation to comply with changes in statute.

III. DECISION TO AMEND THE REGULATION

For the foregoing reasons, the Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education conclude that it is appropriate to amend the regulation. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(b), the regulation attached hereto as Exhibit “B” is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), the regulation hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.

IV. TEXT AND CITATION

The text of the regulation amended shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “B”, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1565 of the Administrative Code of Regulations of the Department of Education.

V. EFFECTIVE DATE OF ORDER

The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.

APPROVED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD THE 3rd DAY OF MARCH, 2011

Kathleen Thomas, Chair

Lori Hudson

Michael Casson

Chris Kenton

Joanne Christian

David Kohan

Samtra Devard

Jill Lewandowski

Stephanie DeWitt

Wendy Murray

Marilyn Dollard

Whitney Price

Karen Gordon

Shelley Rouser

Cristy Greaves

Jacque Wisnauskas

IT IS SO ORDERED the 17th day of March, 2011.

Department of Education

Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D., Secretary of Education

Approved this 17th day of March, 2011

State Board of Education

Teri Quinn Gray, Ph.D., President

Gregory Coverdale

Jorge L. Melendez, Vice President

Terry M. Whittaker, Ed.D.

G. Patrick Heffernan

James L. Wilson, Ed.D.

Barbara B. Rutt

 

1565 World Language Teacher

1.0 Content

1.1 This regulation shall apply to the requirements for issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for World Language Teacher Comprehensive. This certification is required for (Ggrades K to 12).

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.

2.0 Definitions

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

Certification means the issuance of a certificate, which may occur regardless of a recipient's assignment or employment status.

“Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.

Educator means a person licensed and certified by the State under 14 Del.C. §1202 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 Standards Board and approved by the State Board. The term ‘educator’ does not include substitute teachers.

Examination of Content Knowledge means a standardized test which measures knowledge in a specific content area, such as PRAXIS™ II.

Fifteen (15) Credits or Their Equivalent in Professional Development means college credits or an equivalent number of hours, with one (1) credit equating to fifteen (15) hours taken either as part of a degree program or apart from it, from a regionally accredited college or university or a professional development provider approved by the employing school district or charter school.

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;

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

“Major or Its Equivalent” means a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of course work in a particular content area.

“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.

NASDTEC means The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. The organization represents professional standards boards, commissions and departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, the U.S. Territories, New Zealand, and British Columbia, which are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel.

NCATE means The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of 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.

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

Valid and Current License or Certificate from Another State means a current full or permanent certificate or license issued by another state. It does not include temporary, emergency or expired certificates or licenses issued from another state.

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.

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

3.0 Standard Certificate

In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as a World Language Teacher Comprehensive to an educator who holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License; or Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003, who has met the following requirements:

3.1 Acquired the prescribed knowledge, skill or education to practice in a particular area, to teach a particular subject or to instruct a particular category of students by:

3.1.1 Obtaining National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the area, subject, or category for which a Standard Certificate is requested; or

3.1.2 Graduating from an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or from a state approved educator preparation program, where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards, offered by a regionally accredited college or university, with a major or its equivalent in the world language of the Standard Certificate requested; or

3.1.3 Satisfactorily completing the Alternative Routes for Licensure and Certification Program, the Special Institute for Licensure and Certification, or such other alternative educator preparation programs as the Secretary may approve; or

3.1.4 Holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area and for applicants applying after June 30, 2006 for their first Standard Certificate, satisfactory completion of fifteen (15) credits or their equivalent in professional development related to their area of certification, of which at least six (6) credits or their equivalent must focus on pedagogy, selected by the applicant with the approval of the employing school district or charter school which is submitted to the Department; and

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

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,

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 Has satisfied the additional requirements in this regulation.

3.2 For applicants applying after December 31, 2005, where a Praxis™ II examination in the area of the Standard Certificate requested is applicable and available, achieving a passing score, as established by the Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with the concurrence of the State Board, on the examination.

3.2.1 Where no PRAXIS II test is available, nationally recognized equivalent tests, such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview and the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test, may be substituted. For tests of languages using a Roman alphabet, candidates are required to achieve an Advanced Low Level on the oral skills and an Advanced Low Level on the writing skills based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. For tests of languages using a non-Roman alphabet, an Advanced Low Level on the oral skills and an Intermediate High level on the writing skills based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are required; and

3.3 Meeting the requirements for licensure and holding a valid and current license or certificate from another state in a world language;

3.3.1 The Department shall not act on an application for certification 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; or

3.4 Meeting the requirements for a Meritorious New Teacher Candidate Designation adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203.

9 DE Reg. 558 (10/1/05)

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01//06)

4.0 Multiple Certificates Additional Requirements

Educators may hold certificates in more than one area.

4.1 If an examination of content knowledge such as Praxis II is not applicable and available for the World Language Standard Certificate requested, an educator must also meet the following:

4.1.1 Available ACTFL Tests

4.1.1.1 When the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview and the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test is available in the World Language requested, the applicant shall achieve a passing score on the examination.

4.1.1.2 For purposes of this regulation the following shall be considered a passing score:

4.1.1.2.1 For tests of languages using a Roman alphabet, candidates are required to achieve as a minimum score an Advanced Low Level on the oral skills and an Advanced Low Level on the writing skills based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

4.1.1.2.2 For tests of languages using a non-Roman alphabet, candidates are required to achieve as a minimum score an Advanced Low Level on the oral skills and an Intermediate High level on the writing skills based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

4.1.2 If ACTFL tests are not available, the educator must meet one of the following:

4.1.2.1 Specialized Education

4.1.2.1.1 The applicant shall have completed fifteen (15) credits or their equivalent in professional development in the area of the World Language requested.

4.1.2.1.1.1 The fifteen (15) credits or their equivalent in professional development in the area of the World Language requested for certification must be selected by the applicant with the assent of the employing school district or charter school and subsequently submitted to the Department for final approval.

4.1.2.1.1.2 In the case where the educator is seeking certification independently or there is no employing school district or charter school, the Department shall review the proposed fifteen (15) credits or their equivalent in professional development selected by the applicant in the area of the World Language, for final determination of acceptance.

4.1.2.1.1.3 If approved by the Department, the educator may use past coursework or professional development; or

4.1.2.2 Approved Certification of Content Knowledge

4.1.2.2.1 The applicant has earned an approved certificate in the World Language requested.

4.1.2.2.2 The Standards Board may recognize certificate programs that establish the minimum content knowledge in a World Language. Certificates are approved by the Standards Board in consultation with the Department and with the concurrence of the State Board in the same manner as examinations of content knowledge.

4.1.2.2.3 The Department shall make publicly available a list of approved World Language certificates.

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

5.0 Application Requirements

An applicant for a Standard Certificate shall submit:

5.1 Official transcripts; and

5.2 Official scores on the Praxis II examination if applicable and available; or

5.3 Evidence of passage of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate, if applicable; or

5.4 An official copy of the out of state license or certification, if applicable.

5.5 If applied for simultaneously with application for an Initial License, the applicant shall provide all required documentation for that application in addition to the documentation cited above.

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

6.0 Application Procedures for License Holders

If an applicant holds a valid Initial, Continuing, or Advanced Delaware License; or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued prior to August 31, 2003 and is requesting additional Standard Certificates, only that documentation necessary to demonstrate acquisition of the prescribed knowledge, skill or education required for the additional Standard Certificate requested is required.

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

7.0 Effect of Regulation

This regulation shall apply to all requests for issuance of a Standard Certificate, except as specifically addressed herein. Educators holding a Professional Status Certificate or a Standard Certificate issued on or before August 31, 2003 shall be issued a Continuing License upon the expiration of their current Professional Status Certificate or Standard Certificate. The Standard Certificate for each area in which they held a Professional Status Certificate or a Standard Certificate shall be listed on the Continuing License or the Advanced License. The Department shall also recognize a Limited Standard Certificate issued prior to August 31, 2003, provided that the educator successfully completes the requirements set forth in the prescription letter received with the Limited Standard Certificate. Requirements must be completed by the expiration date of the Limited Standard Certificate, but in no case later than December 31, 2008.

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

8.0 Validity of a Standard Certificate

A Standard Certificate is valid regardless of the assignment or employment status of the holder of a certificate or certificates, and is not subject to renewal. It shall be revoked in the event the educator’s Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or Limited Standard, Standard, or Professional Status Certificate is revoked in accordance with 14 DE Admin. Code 1514. An educator whose license or certificate is revoked is entitled to a full and fair hearing before the Professional Standards Board. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Standards Board’s Hearing Procedures and Rules.

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

9.0 Secretary of Education Review

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

9 DE Reg. 558 (10/1/05)

10 DE Reg. 100 (07/01/06)

14 DE Reg. 765 (02/01/11)

14 DE Reg. 1071 (04/01/11) (Final)

Renumbered effective 6/1/07 - see Conversion Table