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14 DE Admin. Code 1517
The Professional Standards Board ("Board"), acting in consultation and cooperation with the Delaware Department of Education ("Department"), developed amendments to 14 DE Admin. Code 1517 Paraeducator Permit. The regulation applies to the issuance of a paraeducator permit pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(b). The proposed changes include striking the terms "Associate's or Higher Degree" and "Completed at Least 2 Years of Study at an Institution of Higher Education" from Section 2.0 as those terms do not appear elsewhere in the regulation; adding definitions for several new terms to Section 2.0; clarifying the requirements for the issuance of Title I, Instructional, and Service Paraeducator Permits in Sections 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0; and adding a chart with options for renewing a paraeducator permit in subsection 8.2.
This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Paraeducator Permit, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(a)(b). This Permit is required of Title I Paraeducators, Instructional Paraeducators, and Service Paraeducators who are employed, either full time or part time in support positions in public schools. This Permit is required of all Paraeducators, regardless of employment date.
"Action Research" means a process by which educational issues and problems are identified and researched at either the school or the classroom level. By integrating current research into these settings and engaging the relevant educators in research activities, the findings can be applied immediately to solve the targeted problems more quickly.
"Activity Documentation Form" means the official form approved by the Department that includes specific details about the activity to be used for Permit renewal and the signature of an instructional leader within a school, district or charter school the applicant is responsible to.
"A Product Shall Be Made Available for Verification" means that the culminating, tangible result of the Professional Development activity is accessible by the individual signing the certificate of participation or the Activity Documentation Form. Examples of a product include, but are not limited to, standards-based assessments or curriculum, copies of a presentation or other substantial work as a result of Action Research.
Associate's or Higher Degree means that the degree is conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education or by a distance education institution that is regionally accredited, or any other accrediting agency the Delaware Secretary of Education deems within his or her discretion, to be reliable or equivalent to a regional accrediting agency.
"Associate's Degree" means an academic degree awarded for the successful completion of a program of studies that usually requires at least 2 years or the equivalent thereof of full-time college-level study.
Completed at Least 2 Years of Study at an Institution of Higher Education means the satisfactory completion of a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of instruction at a regionally accredited institution of higher education or by a distance education institution that is regionally accredited, or any other accrediting agency the Delaware Secretary of Education deems within his or her discretion, to be reliable or equivalent to a regional accrediting agency, in general or educational studies, including reading, writing, and mathematics content and pedagogy, unless the institution of higher education defines two (2) years of full time study as the successful completion of a minimum of forty-eight (48) semester hours, and provides documentation of such definition.
"Clock Hour" means actual time spent in Professional Development, not credit hours.
Department means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Educational Project" means an individual professional growth project of 15 or more Clock Hours, including a research project not related to a course for which credit is claimed, completed to enhance the individual's professional practice, with the development of a final product or report.
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.
Instructional Paraeducator means a public school employee who provides one-on-one or small group instruction; assists with classroom management or individual student behavior; provides assistance in a computer laboratory; provides support in a library or media center; assists in training and support with functional skill activities, such as personal care or assistive technology; or provides instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher. Instructional Paraeducators are those working with regular education students and students with disabilities in schools other than Title I schoolwide schools or with students not receiving Title I services in Title I targeted assistance schools.
Paraeducator, as used herein, means a paraprofessional, as it is used in 14 Del.C. §1205(b). Paraeducators are not "educators" within the meaning of 14 Del.C. §1202(4)(5).
Permit means a document issued by the Department that verifies an individual's qualifications and training to serve as a Title I, Instructional, or Service Paraeducator.
"Planned Professional Development Program" means a structured program within a building, district or charter school that has been specifically identified through a success plan. Such programs shall be designed to enhance knowledge and skills that promote continuous professional growth and improve student performance.
"Presentation" means preparation and presentation as a workshop or conference presenter or course instructor on a topic related to the individual's professional responsibilities.
"Professional Committee, Conference, Workshop, Institute, or Academy" means a program offered either within, or outside, the state that contributes to the participant's professional knowledge or skills in effectively conducting his/her work in 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 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 as per 14 DE Admin. Code 1598 Delaware Professional Development Standards.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
Service Paraeducator means a public school employee who provides support services other than instructional assistance to students, but does not include bus aides (See 14 DE Admin. Code 1105).
Standards Board means the Professional Standards Board of the State of Delaware as established in response pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205 1201.
State Board means the State Board of Education of the State of Delaware established in response pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.
Title I Paraeducator means a public school employee who provides one on one or small group instruction; assists with classroom management; provides assistance in a computer laboratory; provides support in a library or media center; or provides instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher. Additionally, Title I Paraeducators are all Instructional Paraeducators who work with regular students and children with disabilities in Title I schoolwide schools and all Title I Paraeducators who work with children receiving Title I services in Title I targeted assistance schools, except those whose duties are limited to acting as a translator or as a home school liaison.
3.0 Issuance of Title I Paraeducators and Instructional Paraeducators Permits
3.1 A Title I Paraeducator must hold a Title I Paraeducator Permit. An Instructional Paraeducator must hold an Instructional Paraeducator Permit.
3.1.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(a)(b), the Department shall issue a Title I Paraeducator Permit to an otherwise qualified applicant who has met one of the following requirements:
3.1.1.13.1.1.2 Completion of at least two (2) years of study in general or educational studies at an institution of higher education The applicant completed at least two (2) years of instruction in general or educational studies, including reading, writing, and mathematics content and pedagogy, at a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency that the Secretary, in his or her discretion, deems to be equivalent to a regional accrediting agency. For the purpose of this subsection, two (2) years of instruction means a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours unless the applicant provides documentation that the institution of higher education defines two (2) years of full-time study as the successful completion of a minimum of forty-eight (48) semester hours. In addition, applicants shall have earned a “C” or better in each course they seek to have counted toward the minimum semester hours required. Developmental level or remedial courses shall not be included in the calculation of semester hours; or
3.1.1.23.1.1.3 Receipt of The applicant holds an associate's or higher degree; or Associate's Degree or higher conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency that the Secretary, in his or her discretion, deems to be equivalent to a regional accrediting agency.
3.1.2 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(a), the Department shall issue an Instructional Paraeducator Permit to an otherwise qualified applicant who has met the following:
3.2 Application Requirements and Procedures.
3.2.1 The An applicant must for a Title I Paraeducator Permit shall submit a Department approved application, his or her official transcript, and, if applicable, his or her official score on the ParaPro Assessment to the Department. The applicant must include official transcripts and when required official scores on an approved assessment of knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, the instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. The applicant shall certify that answers on the application are true and accurate.
3.2.1.1 Official transcripts shall be forwarded directly from the issuing institution or by the applicant in an unopened, unaltered envelope. Official electronic transcripts forwarded directly to the Department from the issuing institution shall be accepted by the Department. Copies of diplomas and degrees shall not be accepted by the Department.
3.2.1.2 Test ParaPro Assessment scores shall be official and sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) or other test vendor. Unopened, unaltered envelopes containing test scores sent to an individual the applicant may be accepted as official. The Department shall determine whether the scores, as presented, are acceptable.
4.1.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(b), the Department shall issue an Instructional Paraeducator Permit to an otherwise qualified applicant who has met one of the following requirements:
4.05.0 Issuance of Service Paraeducators Permits
4.15.1 All Service Paraeducators Must Hold the Appropriate Permit in accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(a) A Service Paraeducator must hold a Service Paraeducator Permit.
5.1.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(b), the Department shall issue a Service Paraeducator Permit to an otherwise qualified applicant who holds a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
5.06.0 Validity
5.1 Unless stated otherwise herein, a Title I, Instructional, or Service Paraeducator Permit shall be valid for five (5) years from the Date of Issuance.
6.08.0 Options for Renewal
6.18.1 Options for Renewal: are listed in Sections 6.2 and 6.3. These The professional development activities listed in subsection 8.2 of this regulation are approved options for the renewal of a Paraeducator Permit. Unless otherwise stated, there is no limit to the number of hours that may be taken in any of the options listed below:.
The completed Activity Documentation Form and conference agenda listing the Presentation shall be presented to the Department.
The completed Activity Documentation Form and the original certificate of attendance or completion or a letter from the Professional Committee, Conference, Workshop, Institute or Academy staff shall be presented to the Department.
7.09.0 Criminal Conviction History
7.19.1 An applicant shall disclose his or her criminal conviction history upon application for any Paraeducator Permit.
7.29.2 Failure to disclose a criminal conviction history is grounds for denial or revocation of a Paraeducator Permit as specified in 14 Del.C. §1219.
8.010.0 Denial and Revocation
8.110.1 An applicant may be denied a paraeducator permit Paraeducator Permit upon a finding that the applicant has failed to meet the requirements set forth herein or is unfit to be issued a permit Permit in the State.
8.210.2 A Paraeducator Permit may be revoked upon the dismissal of the permit Permit holder for immorality, misconduct in office, incompetence, willful neglect of duty or disloyalty, and must be revoked upon a finding that the permit Permit holder made a materially false or misleading statement in his or her permit Permit application.
8.310.3 A Paraeducator whose Permit has been denied or revoked may file a request for a hearing with the Secretary within ten (10) days of receipt of the notice of denial or revocation.
8.3.110.3.1 The Secretary’s decision shall be final.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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