DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Professional Standards Board

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(d) (14 Del.C. §122(d))

14 DE Admin. Code 1531

Educational Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)

1531 Certification Administrative – School Leader I

PROPOSED

A. Type Of Regulatory Action Requested

Amendment to Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis Of Subject Matter Of Regulation

The Professional Standards Board, acting in cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Education, seeks the approval of the State Board of Education to amend DE Admin. Code 1531 Certification Administrative – School Leader I. This regulation applies to the certification of educators as school administrators, as established by 14 Del.C. §1220(a). The regulation is being amended to delete references to Director of Special Education, which will remain as an independent regulation.

C. Impact Criteria

1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation addresses student achievement by educational leaders who support and lead Delaware educators and establish and sustain positive environments which encourage high student achievement.

2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation helps to ensure that all school administrators hired to lead buildings or districts meet high standards for certification.

3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation addresses educator certification. Regulations concerning high standards and appropriate credentials and training for school leaders help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The amended regulation addresses school leader certification, not students’ legal rights. Appropriate credentials and training for school leaders will help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected.

5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision makers at the local board and school level? The amended regulation will preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision makers at the local board and school level.

6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation will not place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.

7. Will decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subjects to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision-making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated rests with the Professional Standards Board, in collaboration and cooperation with the Department of Education, and with the consent of the State Board of Education.

8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with, and not an impediment to, the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amended regulation will be consistent with, and not an impediment to, the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.

9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the amended regulation? 14 Del.C. requires that we promulgate these regulation.

10. What is the cost to the state and to the local school boards of compliance with the amended regulation? There is no additional cost to local school boards for compliance with the regulation.

1531 Standard Certificate--School Leader I

1.0 Content.

1.1 The following shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate for Directors, Supervisors, Administrative Assistants, Coordinators, and Managers in instructional areas, except Directors of Special Education (See 14 DE Code 1523), pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220.

7 DE Reg. 190 (8/1/03)

7 DE Reg. 1744 (6/1/04)

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:

“Standards Board” means the Professional Standards Board established pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1201.

“Standard Certificate” means a credential issued to verify that an educator has the prescribed knowledge, skill and/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 of Delaware established 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 in any pK-12 setting.

7 DE Reg. 190 (8/1/03)

7 DE Reg. 1744 (6/1/04)

3.0 The following shall be required for the Standard Certificate for Directors, Supervisor, Administrative Assistants, Coordinators, and Managers in instructional areas.

3.1 Educational requirements

3.1.1 A master’s degree in educational leadership from an NCATE or state approved program where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards from a regionally accredited college or university, or

3.1.2 A master’s degree in education offered by an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or from a state approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropraite NCATE specialty organization standards from a regionally accredited college or university and a current and valid equivalent central office administrative certificate from another state, or

3.1.3 A master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university and successful completion of a Delaware approved alternative routes to certification program for school leaders. Until approval and implementation of an alternatives routes to certification program occurs, candidates completing the Standard Certificate in accordance with 3.1.3.1 of this regulation shall fulfill the following requirements;

3.1.3.1 A minimum of twenty-four semester hours of graduate level course work, completed either as part of the master’s degree or in addition to it, in administration, to include at least one course in each of the following areas:

3.1.3.1.1 Curriculum Development,

3.1.3.1.2 Supervision/Evaluation of Staff,

3.1.3.1.3 Human Relations, and

3.1.3.1.4 School Law/Legal Issues and

3.1.3.1.5 In the area(s) to be supervised (may include courses in curriculum, instruction, and/or methods), and

3.2 Experience requirements

3.2.1 A minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience at the pK-12 level. Teaching experience for Directors, Supervisors, Administrative Assistants, Coordinators, and Managers of programs for exceptional children must have been with exceptional children.

7 DE Reg. 190 (8/1/03)

7 DE Reg. 1744 (6/1/04)

8 DE Reg. 832 (12/01/04)