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14 DE Admin. Code 290
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs. The amendment is to align the regulation to Senate Bill No. 51 as amended by Senate Amendment No. 1 of the 147th General Assembly and align to the changes in the national teacher education accrediting agency. For ease of reading, the regulation was stricken though in its entirety and the regulation will be represented as underlined. Some language, from the original regulation has been incorporated into the amendment.
The amendment includes but is not limited to: 1) inclusion of a Department-led educator preparation program approval and renewal process, replacing the prior process which relied heavily on a partner organization, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); 2) an update of the name of the partner which will contribute to the Department-led approval process to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE); 3) establishment of rigorous entry requirements as prerequisites for admission into an approved program; 4) the requirement that approved programs have a clinical residency component, supervised by high quality educators, consisting of at least ten weeks of full-time student teaching, with clinical experiences interwoven throughout; 5) the requirement that approved programs for early childhood and elementary school teachers include instruction using research-based strategies for teaching childhood literacy and age-appropriate mathematics content; 6) the requirement that programs conduct ongoing evaluation of their students, aligned to the state-wide educator evaluation system; 7) establishment of rigorous exit requirements for approved programs, including achievement of passing scores on a content-readiness exam and a performance assessment; 8) the requirement that approved programs collaborate with the Department to collect and report data, including data on performance and effectiveness of program graduates by student achievement; 9) the requirement that approved programs report on all aspects of program compliance and outcomes as a prerequisite for ongoing program approval; 10) establishment of a process for public reporting that provides and publishes ratings of programs based on outcomes; and 11) inclusion of definitions for all key terms in this regulation.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before June 5, 2014 to Susan Haberstroh, Associate Secretary, Education Supports and Innovative Practices Branch, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.
Accreditation” means the decision rendered by NCATE when an institution’s professional education unit meets NCATE standards and requirements.
Administrator” means Department of Education Associate charged with oversight of Program Approval for college and university educator preparation Programs.
Associate Degree” means a two (2) year degree conferred by a regionally accredited Institution of higher education or by a distance education Institution that is regionally or nationally accredited through an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Concurrent Agreement” means the process where an NCATE review and a review by the Delaware Department of Education occur in a concurrent manner.
Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.
Department Approval” means the process by which a specific professional education Program is recognized by the State 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 Standards Board and approved by the State Board but does not include substitute teachers.
Higher Education Degree Advanced Level” means post baccalaureate degree Programs for the advanced preparation of teachers, and the initial or advanced preparation of professional school personnel. Programs at the advanced level lead to a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree, or they may culminate in non degree licensure at the graduate level.
Higher Education Degree Basic (Initial) Level” means programs leading to the initial preparation of teachers, commonly leading to a baccalaureate degree, a master of arts in teaching, or other programs designed to prepare teachers for initial licensure.
Institution” means the college or university offering baccalaureate and post baccalaureate degree teacher preparation programs.
Institutional Report” means a report submitted to NCATE as part of the review process that provides the institutional and unit context, a description of the unit’s conceptual framework, and evidence that the unit is meeting the NCATE unit standards.
National Recognition” means approval of a program that has met the standards of a specialized professional association that is a constituent member of NCATE.
NASDTEC” means The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. The organization represents professional standards boards, commissions and departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, the U.S. Territories, New Zealand, and British Columbia, which are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel.
NCATE” means The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Professional Education Unit” means the school, college, department or other administrative body within an Institution of higher learning that is primarily responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional education personnel.
Program(s)” means the sequence of courses and experiences required by a college or university for the preparation of professional education candidates to teach a specific subject or academic area, to provide professional education services, or to administer schools; except that where used in section 9.0 of this regulation, the word “program(s)” shall mean the program(s) approved pursuant to said section.
Proposal for Program Approval for Education Preparation Programs Which Do Not Have Specialized Professional Association (SPA) Approval” means the formal proposal that the Department requires higher education institutions to complete and submit in order to seek approval for teacher education programs in a Professional Education Unit for which there is no national Specialized Professional Association (SPA) or for which the institution has not received approval from the SPA.
Secretary” means the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
Specialized Professional Association (SPA)” means national bodies such as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the International Reading Association (IRA) whose program review standards have been approved by NCATE.
State Program Proposal Review Team” means the team assembled pursuant to section 4.4 of this regulation.
State Review Team” means the team assembled by the Department of Education pursuant to section 3.3 of this regulation.
2.1 Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(b)(22), no individual, public or private educational association, corporation or Institution, including any Institution of post secondary education, shall offer a 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. In order to be approved by the Department, Programs of Educator Preparation in Delaware Institutions of higher education that lead to educator licensure and certification shall meet State and, where applicable, national standards appropriate to the Professional Education Unit and the Professional Education Unit's individual Programs. All Professional Education Units and their Programs shall be reviewed through a fair and uniform application of standards.
3.2.1 Institutions shall submit to NCATE the forms required of NCATE as per established NCATE guidelines to seek accreditation to NCATE twenty four (24) months before the scheduled visit.
4.1 Higher education institutions seeking approval for Educator Preparation Programs in a Professional Education Unit for which there is no Specialized Professional Association (SPA) or for which the institution has not received national recognition from the SPA shall complete the Department’s Proposal for Program Approval for Education Preparation Programs Which do Not Have Specialized Professional Association (SPA) Approval and shall submit the Proposal to the Department at least six (6) months before the on site reviews.
4.1.1 In the case where a Program has been submitted to a SPA and subsequently was not granted national recognition by the SPA, the Professional Education Unit shall submit the Department’s Proposal for Program Approval for Education Preparation Programs Which do Not Have Specialized Professional Association (SPA) Approval within two (2) months of final notification that the Program has not been recognized by the SPA.
4.4.4 Persons taking part in State Program Proposal Review Team member training shall be reimbursed for expenses in accordance with the Department’s guidelines.
6.3 Programs that do not meet the SPA standards, Delaware Teacher or Administrator Standards, or the State’s licensure and certification regulations at the full approval level, shall be given either provisional approval or not be approved to operate. All Programs given provisional approval shall:
6.3.2 Undergo Program proposal review submission and site review within three (3) years from the date of provisional approval.
9.1 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 9.2 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 teacher preparation program.
1.1 Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(b)(22), 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 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 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 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).
Entrancemeans 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 they are 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.
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.
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