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14 DE Admin. Code 1505
The Professional Standards Board ("Board"), acting in consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education ("Department"), seeks the approval of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate. The regulation concerns the requirements for the issuance of a Standard Certificate. The proposed changes include replacing the word "PRAXIS™ II" with the current terminology for ETS' examinations of content knowledge (i.e., "Praxis Subject Assessment") in Sections 2.0 and 4.0; striking the definitions of "DPAS," "Fifteen (15) Credits or Their Equivalent in Professional Development," "Major or its Equivalent," "NASDTEC," "NCATE," and "Teaching Experience" from Section 2.0 because the terms do not appear elsewhere in the regulation; amending Section 3.0 to clarify the requirements for the Department to issue a standard certificate under 14 Del.C. §1220; amending Section 4.0 to clarify that examinations of content knowledge are specified by the Board and State Board of Education; amending Section 6.0 to clarify the requirements for applying for a standard certificate; amending Section 8.0 to clarify the requirements for a standard certificate to be valid and to create a Section 9.0, which applies to revocation of a standard certificate and is based on existing language, and to strike "other employing authority" from Section 10.0 to be consistent with the existing definition of "Employing Authority" in Section 2.0.
1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a).
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.
"DPAS" means an approved state educator performance system pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12, Subchapter VII.
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 Standards Board and approved by the State Board. 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, or and management companies.
Examination of Content Knowledge means a standardized test which measures knowledge in a specific content area, such as PRAXIS™ II Praxis Subject Assessment.
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 in addition to it, from a regionally accredited college or university or a professional development provider approved by the Department.
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 or otherwise.
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.
NASDTECmeans The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. The organization represents professional standards boards, commissions and departments of education in all fifty (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.
"Professional Development" means a combination of focused, in-depth learning, practice, feedback, reflection, and expert support experiences designed to change participants' attitudes, insights, and/or perspectives; and ultimately results in improved professional practice. Effective professional development programs include ample opportunities for knowledge acquisition, skill mastery, descriptive feedback, and refinement of practice in the work setting.
Second Certificate” or “Second Standard Certificate” means any Standard Certificate issue after the first Standard Certificate including any second or subsequent Standard Certificate.
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 of Delaware pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.
"Teaching Experience" means meeting students on a regularly scheduled basis, planning and delivering instruction, developing or preparing instructional materials, and evaluating student performance under a State credential in any PreK to 12 public school setting or an equivalent setting as approved by the Department.
Valid and Current License or Certificate from Another State” means a current full or permanent certificate or license issued by another state. This means the educator is fully credentialed by having met all of the requirements for full licensure or certification in another state. It does not include temporary, emergency, conditional certificates of eligibility or expired certificates or licenses issued from another state.
The Department shall issue a Standard Certificate to an educator who holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing or Advanced License; or Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued prior to August 31, 2003, who has met one of the following requirements:
3.1.3.1 for applicants applying 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) or their equivalent credits must focus on pedagogy.
3.2 Met the requirements for licensure and holding holds a valid and current license or certificate from another state in the area for which a Standard Certificate is requested; or.
Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), where an examination of content knowledge, such as a Praxis™ II examination Praxis Subject Assessment, is applicable and available in the area of the Standard Certificate sought, the applicant shall achieve a passing score as established specified by the Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with the concurrence of the State Board.
6.3 One of the following:
6.3.1 Official scores on an examination of content knowledge such as the Praxis II examination if applicable and available; or
6.4 6.3.2 Evidence of passage of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate; if applicable; or
6.5 6.3.3 An official copy of the valid and current educator license or certificate from another state or professional license if applicable.; and
6.6 6.4 If applying for an initial license Initial License, a Standard Certificate must be applied for simultaneously with application for a License, and the applicant shall also provide all required documentation for the license.; and
7.1 If an applicant holds a valid Initial, Continuing, or Advanced Delaware License; or a 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.
7.2 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein, or in any Department or Standards Board content area, subject or category Standard Certificate regulation (including 14 DE Admin. Code, 1500, et. seq.) in 14 DE Admin. Code 1500 Professional Standards Board, the Department shall not act on an application for certification 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 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.
8.1.1 8.2 A Standard Certificate is not subject to renewal.
9.0 10.0 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 an 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.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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