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14 DE Admin. Code 1510
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 1510 Issuance of Initial License. The regulation applies to the issuance of an Initial License for educators, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1210. It is necessary to amend this regulation in order to update and clarify some of the definitions, requirements and to adopt a new examination of general knowledge (CORE).
Notice of the proposed adoption of the regulation was published in the Delaware Register of Regulations on October 1, 2013. The notice invited written comments. Similar comments were received from the Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. Both Councils questioned the narrow definition for "suspension" in relation to Praxis I. As a result of their comments, the definition was amended to clarify and include language aligned to 7.0. The phrase [an approved examination of general knowledge, such as] was added to the definition for "suspension". The councils also questioned the requirement for initial license to include meeting requirements for certification; they also questioned the reference to "one year" in 5.2.1, asking if this referenced a calendar year or fiscal year; and finally they commented on the inactive license status for applicants who remain unemployed as an educator in Delaware. The Standard Board is continuing to look at this regulation to implement SB51 prior to July 1, 2014; therefore, these comments will be considered in the amendment process. The Professional Standards Board received comments from, as well as entertained public comments during the November Public Meeting, the Delaware School Nurses' Association. The primary concerns of the written comments and public statements centered around Senate Bill 51 in the areas of Clinical Experience, considering the requirements for Nursing Preparation Programs to meet the requirements of student teaching; and consideration of the Nursing Exam required in that same program as an approved test of general knowledge currently Praxis I. The concerns raised will be considered in the amendment process. The regulation was brought forward for the primary purpose of approving the CORE Academic Skills Assessment with a September 1, 2013 effective, while future amendments will have an effective date that aligns with Senate Bill 51 effective July 1, 2014.
For the foregoing reasons, the Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education conclude that it is appropriate to adopt the regulation. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(b), the regulation attached hereto as Exhibit "A" is hereby adopted. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), the regulation hereby adopted 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 adopted shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "A", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1510 of the Administrative Code of Regulations of the Professional Standards Board.
APPROVED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD THE 7th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 12th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013.
Department of Education
Approved this 12th day of November, 2013.
State Board of Education
"Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification" means programs approved by the Department of Education to certify or license candidates who hold bachelors' degrees appropriate to the instructional field they desire to teach, but who did not complete a regionally accredited educator preparation program.
"Career and Technical Education" is also known as Vocational Education, Vocational Technical Education or Career Technical Education.
"Composite Score" means a total of an applicant's scores on all three (3) subtests of PRAXIS I which is equal to, or greater than, the sum of the passing scores on the three subtests. Scores from either the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test and/or from the PRAXIS I (CPPST) computerized test may be used when applying the composite score provision. Scores from the PRAXIS I computer based test (CBT) may be used when applying the composite score provision, but may not be used in conjunction with scores from the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test and/or with the PRAXIS I (CPPST) computerized test.
"Date of Hire" means the effective date of employment by a school district, charter school, or other employing authority.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Educator" means a public school employee who holds a license issued under the provisions of 14 Del.C., Ch. 12, and includes teachers, specialists, and administrators, and as otherwise defined by the Standards Board and the State Board, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203, but does not include substitute teachers.
"Examination of General Knowledge" means a standardized test which measures general knowledge and essential skills in mathematics or quantitative and verbal skills, including reading and writing.
"Exigent Circumstances" means unanticipated circumstances or circumstances beyond the educator's control, including, but not limited to, expiration of a license during the school year, serious illness of the educator or a member of his/her immediate family, activation to active military duty, and other serious emergencies which necessitate the educator's temporarily leaving active service.
"Jurisdiction" means a state, territory or country.
"License" means a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.
"Mentoring" means activities prescribed by the Department and other employing authority in which a holder of an Initial License must engage during the three year term of the Initial License.
"Novice Applicant" means an applicant who has not previously held an Initial License in Delaware.
"PRAXIS I or PPST" means a test from Educational Testing Service of general knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics.
"PRAXIS I CBT" means the discontinued PRAXIS I computer based test from Educational Testing Service taken between November 1993 and December 2001, with a possible score range of 300 to 335. Scores from the PRAXIS I CBT test may not be combined with scores from the PRAXIS I paper and pencil test or the PRAXIS I computerized test (CPPST) to derive a composite score.
"PRAXIS I CPPST" means the PRAXIS I computerized test from Educational Testing Service which began in January 2002. This test, which is delivered in a computer format, has a possible score range of 150 to 190. Scores from the CPPST and the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test may be combined for a composite scores.
"Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS)" is also known as Trade and Industrial Education, Career and Technical Education, Career Technical Education or Career-Technical 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.
"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 pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.
"Student Teaching Program" means a traditional student teaching placement within a National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification or National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education approved program offered by a college or university, or such alternatives as deemed appropriate to the program, such as supervised internships or other field based experience recognized as a required component of the regionally accredited educator preparation program. For the purposes of this regulation, student teaching program also means one year of teaching experience within the last year consisting of a minimum of 91 days of long term teaching experience at one assignment during which regular evaluations were conducted, evidencing at least satisfactory performance.
"Suspension" means the temporary removal of an Initial License for failure to pass the PRAXIS I test.
"Trade and Industries Teacher" means a Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher.
"Trade and Industries" means Skilled and Technical Sciences.
In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210, the Department shall issue an Initial License to a novice applicant who submits evidence of (1) receipt of a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited 4 year college or university; (2) completion of a student teaching program, or one year of teaching experience consisting of a minimum of 91 days of long term teaching experience at one assignment or enrollment in an Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification program, and (3) a passing score on an examination of general knowledge, such as PRAXIS I, or such other alternative as may be established by the Standards Board, with the approval of the State Board. For the purposes of this regulation, a bachelor's degree for a Skilled and Technical Sciences teacher shall be two (2) years of college or technical training, plus six (6) years of work experience. An Initial License shall also be issued to an applicant currently licensed as an educator in another jurisdiction with less than three years of teaching experience or to an applicant who previously held a valid Delaware Standard or Professional Status Certificate who has been out of the profession for more than three years. In addition to an Initial License, applicants must also apply for a Standard Certificate in the particular area, subject, or category in which they wish to be employed, and must verify that they possess the prescribed knowledge, skill or education to practice in that area, subject, or category. (See 14 DE Admin. Code 1505).
3.3.1 "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.
3.4.1.6 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; or
"Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification" means programs approved by the Department of Education to certify or license candidates who hold bachelors' degrees appropriate to the instructional field they desire to teach, but who did not complete a regionally accredited educator preparation program.
"Career and Technical Education" is also known as Vocational Education, Vocational Technical Education or Career Technical Education.
"Composite Score" means a total of an applicant's scores on all three (3) subtests of PRAXIS I which is equal to, or greater than, the sum of the passing scores on the three subtests. Scores from either the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test and/or from the PRAXIS I (CPPST) computerized test may be used when applying the composite score provision. Scores from the PRAXIS I computer based test (CBT) may be used when applying the composite score provision, but may not be used in conjunction with scores from the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test and/or with the PRAXIS I (CPPST) computerized test.
"Date of Hire" means the effective date of employment by a school district, charter school, or other employing authority.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Educator" means a public school employee who holds a license issued under the provisions of 14 Del.C., Ch. 12, and includes teachers, specialists, and administrators, and as otherwise defined by the Standards Board and the State Board, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203, but does not include substitute teachers.
"Examination of General Knowledge" means a standardized test which measures general knowledge and essential skills in mathematics or quantitative and verbal skills, including reading and writing.
"Exigent Circumstances" means unanticipated circumstances or circumstances beyond the educator's control, including, but not limited to, expiration of a license during the school year, serious illness of the educator or a member of his/her immediate family, activation to active military duty, and other serious emergencies which necessitate the educator's temporarily leaving active service.
"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.
Jurisdiction" means a state, territory or country.
"License" means a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.
"Mentoring" means activities prescribed by the Department and other employing authority in which a holder of an Initial License must engage during the three year term of the Initial License.
"Novice Applicant" means an applicant who has not previously held an Initial License in Delaware.
"PRAXIS I or PPST" means a test from Educational Testing Service of general knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics.
"PRAXIS I CBT" means the discontinued PRAXIS I computer based test from Educational Testing Service taken between November 1993 and December 2001, with a possible score range of 300 to 335. Scores from the PRAXIS I CBT test may not be combined with scores from the PRAXIS I paper and pencil test or the PRAXIS I computerized test (CPPST) to derive a composite score.
"PRAXIS I CPPST" means the PRAXIS I computerized test from Educational Testing Service which began in January 2002. This test, which is delivered in a computer format, has a possible score range of 150 to 190. Scores from the CPPST and the PRAXIS I (PPST) paper and pencil test may be combined for a composite scores.
"Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS)" is also known as Trade and Industrial Education, Career and Technical Education, Career Technical Education or Career-Technical 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.
"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 pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.
"Student Teaching Program" means a traditional student teaching placement within a National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification or National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) approved program offered by a college or university, or such alternatives as deemed appropriate to the program, such as supervised internships or other field based experience recognized as a required component of the regionally accredited educator preparation program.
"Suspension" means the temporary removal of an Initial License for failure to pass [the PRAXIS I test an approved examination of general knowledge] within the timeframe permitted.
"Trade and Industries Teacher" means a Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher.
"Trade and Industries" means Skilled and Technical Sciences.
3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210, an applicant must meet all the requirements in this regulation for the Department to issue an Initial License.
9.1.6 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; or
The Department shall not act on an application for licensure 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.
Cut Score
Effective Date-Tests taken
Provider & Test#
Math- 150
Sept. 1, 2013* and thereafter
Praxis I -
Math- 174
Teacher Exam Core Battery Communication Skills
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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