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14 DE Admin. Code 1502
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 1502 Graduate Level Salary Increments. The regulation concerns the requirements for salary increments for educators for graduate level coursework, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1305(a). This regulation is being reviewed under a five year cycle. Several changes have been deemed necessary to update language and to detail requirements for applicable coursework for salary increases.
Notice of the proposed amendment of the regulation was published in the Delaware Register of Regulations on January 1, 2016. The notice invited written comments. No comments were received.
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. §1305(a), the regulation attached hereto as Exhibit “A” is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §1305(a), 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.
The text of the regulation amended shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1502 of the Administrative Code of Regulations of the Professional Standards Board.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 17th day of March, 2016.
Approved this 17th day of March, 2016.
1502 Professional Growth Graduate Level Salary Increments
This regulation shall apply to professional growth graduate level salary increments for educators, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1305 (a).
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.
"Critical Needs Areas" means content, specialty, or administrative areas identified by the Department as areas of shortage in Delaware schools.
Department means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Graduate Level Course" means any course which is awarded graduate level credit by a regionally accredited college or university.
"Graduate Level Course of Study" means a non matriculated but focused and coherent program of study (e.g., a Certificate Program) which is directly linked to professional responsibilities.
"Matriculated Graduate Credit" means credit earned from a regionally accredited college or university earned toward a master's degree or a doctorate doctoral degree.
"Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS)" is also known as Trade and Industrial Education, Career and Technical Education, Career Technical Education or Career-Technical Education.
Specialist Degree Program means an organized program of study that is beyond a master’s degree but below the doctorate doctoral consisting of a minimum of sixty (60) graduate semester hours [ninety (90) quarter hours] and a one (1) year supervised internship, or an equivalent program as determined by the Department. Examples of programs include a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved program or an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program including but not limited to the following: Master’s of Education (MEd) with an Educational Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology or a Master’s of Science in School Psychology with a Advanced Certificate or Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Psychology. A master’s degree in school psychology may be recognized as a specialist degree program if it meets the additional credit and internship requirements and any graduate credits earned in the program and conferral of the master’s degree beyond thirty (30) may be counted beyond the master’s degree level.
"Trades and Industry Teacher" means a Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher, Trade and Industrial Education Teacher or Teacher of Trade and Industries.
"Two Years of College or Technical Training" means a minimum of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and the satisfactory completion of any one of the following options in the specific career area of certification (1) an Associate’s degree with a major in the specific career area; (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; (3) a state issued certificate indicating completion of apprenticeship hours and apprentice related training (e.g. journey papers) in the specific career area; (4) completion of four years of sequential Delaware Trade Extension courses in the specific career area; (5) completion of four years of National Center for Construction Education and Research's Contren documented training in the specific career area; (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; (7) passage of a State of Delaware Licensing Test in the specific career area, offered through the Division of Professional Regulation; (8) 576 hours of military training in the specific career area; (9) 576 hours post-secondary trade school training in the specific career area; (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; (11) an industry recognized certification of technical competence or journeyperson status in the specific career area, or (12) DOE approved equivalents of any one of the above including but not limited to equivalents from any combination of the above options.
7 DE Reg. 1001 (2/1/04)
4.1 Educators who hold an eligible master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university may accrue credits taken after the conferral date of the their first master's degree toward salary increments toward a Master's Degree Plus 15 graduate credits, a Master's Degree Plus 30 graduate credits, a Master's Degree Plus 45 graduate credits, or a doctorate doctoral degree on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305 (a). All credits taken must be graduate level and must be:
5.1 Educators entitled to rightward movement on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305 (a), on the basis of inservice or undergraduate credits approved prior to July 1, 2004, shall continue to be entitled to such movement in the event of any future application for movement submitted after July 1, 2004.
5.1.2 In order to use undergraduate credits toward a salary increment on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305 (a), the credits must be completed by, and the application for salary increment submitted to, and approved by, the Department by June 30, 2004. Undergraduate credits will not be accepted for Plus 15, 30 or 45 salary increments after June 30, 2004.
5.1.3 In order to use inservice credits toward a salary increment on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305 (a), the credits must be completed by, and the application for salary increment submitted to, and approved by, the Department by June 30, 2004. Inservice credits will not be accepted for Plus 15, 30 or 45 salary increments after June 30, 2004.
All grades for graduate level credit submitted for a professional growth graduate level salary increments must be a grade of "B" or better or satisfy the granting institution's standard for graduate level work higher. In the case of credits earned on a pass/fail basis, a grade of "pass" is acceptable.
8.3 Initial placement on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305, for Skilled and Technical Sciences teachers who have completed two years of college or technical training and six years of work experience, is at the bachelor's degree level.
8.5.7 A Master's Degree Plus 45 credits is equivalent to a doctorate Doctoral degree on the basic salary schedule.
Graduate credits which are included in the approved Alternative Routes to Certification program, as defined in 14 Del.C., Ch. 12, subchapter VI, are recognized as a graduate level course of study and may be applied by educators who hold master's degrees and who are enrolled in the approved Alternative Routes program toward a Master's Degree Plus 15 credits, a Master's Degree Plus 30 credits, a Master's Degree Plus 45 credits or a doctorate Doctoral degree on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305 (a).
10.0 Eligibility for Professional Growth Graduate Level Salary Increments
10.1 Where applicable and available, Aan applicant for a professional growth graduate level salary increment must hold a Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued pursuant to General Regulations for Certification of Professional Public School Personnel and the specific regulations as adopted for certification effective July 1, 1993 through August 31, 2003, or an Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License issued by the Department in accordance with 14 Del.C., Ch. 12, Subchapter III.
10.2 An educator employed on an Emergency Certificate pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1506 is eligible to receive a salary increment.
11.1 In order to be applicable to professional growth graduate level salary increments, master's and doctorate doctoral degrees must be directly related to an area or specialty in which the educator is employed, which has been identified as a critical needs area in K to 12 education, or which the district or charter school, if applicable, in which the educator is employed has requested the educator to pursue or as required by regulation.
12.1 Upon completion of the credits required for movement on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305(a), an applicant may apply for a salary increment. No applications will be considered prior to the completion of credits necessary for movement on the salary schedule.
12.1.1 An applicant shall secure the proper form from the local school district or charter school office, complete the form, and return it to the school district office for transmittal to the Department. An applicant shall submit an electronic salary increment application through DEEDS.
12.1.2 The applicant shall arrange for official transcripts to be submitted by the college or university directly to the Department or delivered by the applicant in an unopened, unaltered envelope. The applicant shall arrange for official transcripts (unopened and unaltered) to be submitted by the institution of higher learning directly to the employer’s Human Resources Office. The application will be reviewed and either approved or denied by the employer. The Department in its discretion may also accept verification of an official transcript by other means if the authenticity of the transcript can be made.
12.1.3 An application for a salary increment for the current fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) must be received in the Department no later than June 1. This date is necessary to allow adequate time for evaluation and notification to the district payroll office for salary adjustment. Applications received after June 1 will be approved effective the first day of the next fiscal year. If approved by the District/Charter, the application will be submitted to the Department for review and either denial or approval. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Department with the application.
13.1.2 This date is necessary to allow adequate time for evaluation and notification to the district payroll office for salary adjustment.
13.1.3 Applications received after June 1 will be approved effective the first day of the next fiscal year.
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