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14 DE Admin. Code 1521
The Professional Standards Board ("Board"), acting in consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education ("Department"), developed amendments to 14 DE Admin. Code 1521 Elementary Teacher. The regulation concerns the requirements for a Standard Certificate for Elementary Teacher. The proposed amendments include adding defined terms to Section 2.0; clarifying the requirements for issuing a standard certificate in Section 3.0; specifying the knowledge, skill, and education requirements for obtaining a first and second or subsequent Standard Certificate for Elementary Teacher in Section 4.0; specifying the application requirements in Section 5.0; adding Sections 6.0 and 7.0, which concern validity and revocation of a standard certificate; and adding Section 8.0, which concerns local school districts' requests for the Secretary of Education to review standard certificate applications.
1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Elementary Teacher. This certification is required for grades K to 6.
1.1.1 Notwithstanding the above subsection 1.1, the Early Childhood Teacher certification Certification may be used for K to grade 2 in lieu of this certification Certification.
1.2 Except as otherwise provided, the requirements set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto, are incorporated herein by reference.
The definitions set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto, are incorporated herein by reference.
"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.
"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 Professional Standards Board and approved by the State Board of Education. 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, and management companies.
"Fifteen (15) Credits or the 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 a degree program from a regionally accredited college or university or a professional development provider approved by the Department. College credit means undergraduate or graduate level coursework and continuing education units (CEUs) completed at or through a regionally accredited college or university or other Department-approved provider.
"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.
"Passing Score" means a minimum score as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department, and with the approval of the State Board 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.
"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.
"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.
3.0 Issuance of a Standard Certificate
3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as an for Elementary Teacher to an educator Educator who has met the following:
3.1.1 Holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License;, or a Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003; and, meets the requirements set forth in Section 4.0 of this regulation; or
3.1.2 Has met the requirements as set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto.
The Secretary of Education may, upon the written request of the superintendent of a local school district, review credentials submitted in an application for a Standard Certificate for Elementary Teacher on an individual basis and grant such a Standard Certificate to an applicant who otherwise does not meet the requirements for a Standard Certificate for Elementary Teacher but whose effectiveness is documented by the local school district.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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