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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsJanuary 2018

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14 DE Admin. Code 290
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs. This regulation is being amended to clarify the applications process for new alternative routes to teacher certification programs. In addition, minor formatting changes are made to comply with the Administrative Code drafting manual.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and Delaware State News on October 1, 2017, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". No comments were received. A minor additional grammatical change was made.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs in order to clarify the applications process for new alternative routes to teacher certification programs.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs 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 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on December 14, 2017. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 14th day of December 2017.
Department of Education
Approved this 14th day of December 2017
1.1 Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(b)(22) and 1280(a), no individual, public or private educational association, corporation or institution, including any Institution of Higher Education, shall offer an Educator Preparation Program or Alternative Route to Teacher Licensure and Certification Program for the training of educators to be licensed in this State without first having procured the assent of the Department for the offering of such a Program or ARTC Program.
Accreditation” means the decision rendered by CAEP that an Education Preparation Provider meets CAEP standards and requirements.
Administrator” means the Department of Education employee charged with oversight of Program Approval for Educator Preparation Programs.
Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification Program (ARTC Program)” means a program provided by any individual, public or private educational association, corporation or Institution which includes components that can include but are not limited to coursework, clinical experiences, and training, and which upon participation and/or completion renders Candidates eligible for certification and/or licensure in Delaware.
Annual Cohort” means the set of individuals who matriculate into a Program or Exit a Program in the same year. The Department may provide further specific guidance for the application of the definition of Annual Cohort for individual metrics and contexts in the Educator Preparation Program Guide.
CAEP” means Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, a national accrediting body for Education Preparation Providers.
Candidate” means an individual enrolled in an Educator Preparation Program or ARTC Program who is preparing for or serving in a position as an educator in schools that serve students in pre-school through grade twelve.
Capstone Clinical Residency” means student teaching that consists of at least 10 consecutive weeks, encompassing at least 200 hours, overseen by a High Quality Cooperating Teacher and a High Quality Clinical Supervisor. Programs may adjust the schedule of the Clinical Capstone Residency to comply with embedded LEA vacation schedules, holidays, and unforeseen official school closures.
Certified Reviewer” means an individual trained by the test vendor to score performance assessments.
Clinical Experience” means guided, hands-on, practical application of Candidate knowledge and theory to Candidate practice through collaborative and facilitated learning activities in field-based assignments.
College Ready” means a cut score deemed to be passing on nationally normed test, predetermined by the assessment provider to indicate readiness to attend and probability of success at a college or university.
Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.
Department Approval” means the process by which an Educator Preparation Program or Educator Preparation Provider is recognized by the Department of Education as meeting State standards for the content and operation of such Programs.
Department of Education Program Approval Regulations” means the regulations set forth herein.
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 Delaware Professional Standards Board (PSB) and approved by the State Board but does not include substitute teachers.
Educator Preparation Program (Program)” means the sequence of courses and experiences required by an Educator Preparation Provider for the preparation of Candidates to become educators in a specific area, subject, or category, leading to the conferral of a degree that contributes to eligibility for licensure; except that where used in Section 8.0 of this regulation, the word "program(s)" shall mean the program(s) approved pursuant to said section.
Educator Preparation Program Guide (Guide)” means the manual developed by the Department of Education and as may be amended from time to time that contains the prescribed forms, procedures, guidance and information about the reporting processes and other relevant information and documents for Educator Preparation Programs.
Educator Preparation Provider (Provider)” means a regionally accredited college, university or other post-secondary institution authorized to confer degrees and approved to operate in the State of Delaware. Providers may operate approved Educator Preparation Programs and ARTC Programs.
Educator Preparation Unit (Unit)” means the school, college, department or other administrative body responsible for the preparation of educators at a regionally accredited nonprofit or for-profit institution of higher education (e.g. a college of education within a university).
Entrance means matriculation into a Program.
Exit” means completion of a Program by a Candidate.
High Quality Clinical Supervisor” means a supervisor of a Candidate who is employed by the Educator Preparation Program, trained or experienced in the field which the individual is supervising, trained to work with and provide feedback to Candidates, and who meets the standards for this role as defined through the CAEP Accreditation Standards.
High Quality Cooperating Teacher” means an educator employed by a Local Education Agency or private school, collaboratively selected by the employer and the Educator Preparation Program, who oversees the Candidates’ Capstone Clinical Residency and who has:
Institution of Higher Education (Institution)” means an accredited college, university or other post-secondary institution authorized to confer degrees and approved to operate in the State of Delaware.
Local Education Agency (LEA)” means a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within Delaware for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary or secondary schools in a school district, or for a combination of school districts.
National Recognition” means approval of a Program that has met the standards of a Specialized Professional Association that is a constituent member of CAEP.
Secretary” means the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
Self-Study Report” means the report resulting from the process that a Provider, its Unit and Programs conduct to evaluate themselves against CAEP standards, in a format specified and accepted by CAEP. The self-study report discusses the findings of this process and is the primary report prepared by the Provider for site visitors.
Specialized Professional Association (SPA)” means a member of CAEP that is a national organization of teachers, professional education faculty, and/or other school professionals who teach a specific content area, teach students at a specific developmental level teach students with specific needs or provide services to students.
Student Teaching” means the period during which a Candidate serves as a teacher in a school, plans and delivers independent instruction to students on a regularly scheduled basis, develops or prepares instructional materials, and evaluates students in any pre-school through grade twelve school setting. Proposed Programs approved by the process in this Section section may continue in the Program approval process as described in Section 4.0. Performance including pass rates and cut scores on Program performance assessments and content-exams, average DPAS-II or other Department approved evaluation system ratings, including student growth component, and measures of employer or supervisor satisfaction with job performance.
7.2.6 The Department will monitor Program progress towards meeting the goals for the Program cited [in] by the Department throughout the probationary period, including review of required data reports and monitoring visits as deemed necessary.
8.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of this regulation to the contrary, any individual, public or private educational association, corporation or institution, which, pursuant to the provisions of 14 DE Admin. Code 1507 and subsection 8.2 below, is approved by the Secretary of Education to operate an Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification Program shall be deemed to be an approved ARTC Program.
8.2.1 Applications for approval will be accepted only when the Secretary of Education shall post a Request For Proposals requesting the same request for new program(s). The application process shall be competitive and the Secretary may elect to approve some, all or none of the applications.
8.2.2 Approved applicants shall be granted provisional approval and enter into a contract an agreement with the Department, on a form approved by the Department for an initial term of three (3) years, renewable for an additional five (5) years at the discretion of the Department upon an analysis of the ARTC Program, during the final year of the contract, by the Department or by an external ARTC Program assessment entity selected by the Department. Full (non-provisional) program approval may be granted after the submission and approval of data and reporting as noted in Section 6.0 for the first Annual Cohort to Exit the program.
8.2.3 Applications shall be responsive to the Request for Proposals application process and, in addition to any other requirements, shall address how the applicant will determine the coursework and experiences leading to its participants’ application for certification to the Department, shall include intensive pre-service training, teacher evaluations conducted by school administrators, completion of coursework, and measures of teacher effectiveness based upon student performance data.
8.2.4 The Department shall evaluate approved ARTC Programs based upon the terms and conditions of the Request for Proposals program approval and the applicant’s contract agreement with the Department.
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