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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 align licensure requirements and timelines to Amended 14 Del.C. §1210 effective July 1, 2014.
"Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification" means programs approved by the Department of Education pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12, Subchapter VI, to certify or and 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.
"Certification" means holding a Standard Certificate in a particular area, subject, or category.
"Core Content Area" means any subject area tested by the state assessment system, including mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies.
"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.
"Content-Readiness Exam" means an assessment, either by examination of content knowledge or the approved equivalent that demonstrates an educator's knowledge, skills, and readiness to perform responsibilities of a certification area.
"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 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. The term 'educator' does not include substitute teachers.
"Examination of General Knowledge" means a standardized test adopted pursuant to this regulation which measures general knowledge and essential skills in reading, writing, and 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 or otherwise.
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 pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Standards Board and approved by the State Board which a holder of an Initial License, Continuing license, or Advanced License must engage during the three year term of the Initial License license.
"Novice Applicant" means an applicant who has not previously held an Initial License in Delaware.
"Performance Assessment" means an assessment in the professional area of licensure and certification that measures the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities in the area as adopted in consultation and cooperation with the Department by the Standards Board with the approval of the State Board.
"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.
"Specialist" means an educator other than a teacher recognized in this regulation who is licensed and certified by the State pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12 to engage in other related professional support services.
"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 (NASDTEC) 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 or a student teaching placement within a state-approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate standards.
"Suspension" means the temporary removal of an Initial License for failure to pass 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 otherwise qualified applicant subject to the limits of section 10.0 must meet all the requirements in this regulation section for the Department to issue an Initial License. All applicants must apply for at least one Standard Certificate simultaneously with an Initial License. An initial license will not be issued if the applicant does not meet the requirements for certification.
3.2 An Initial License shall be issued to a novice applicant or other applicant who meets all the requirements in this regulation. The Department shall issue an initial license to an applicant who meets the criteria for Meritorious New Teacher candidate designation adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203.
3.2.13.5 An applicant who previously held a Delaware initial license that has since expired will be treated as a novice new applicant and must meet all the requirements in the regulation.
3.34.1 In addition to an Initial License, applicants must also apply for a Standard Certificate to practice in the particular area, to teach a particular subject, or to instruct a particular category of students 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). An initial license will not be issued if the applicant does not meet the requirements for certification.
3.44.2 An applicant for an Initial License shall must submit the completed application form, official transcripts, and official scores on an approved all required examinations and assessments of general knowledge to the Department.
3.4.14.2.1 Official transcripts shall be forwarded directly from the issuing institution or by the applicant in an unopened, unaltered envelope.
4.05.0 Degree Requirements
45.1 To qualify for an initial license, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 4 year college or university;
45.2 For the purposes of this regulation, the equivalent education and experience recognized to fulfill the requirement of a bachelor's degree for an initial license and certification as a Skilled and Technical Sciences teacher shall be two (2) years of college or technical training, plus six (6) years of work experience as further defined in Section 9.0.
5.06.0 Student Teaching Requirements and Alternatives
56.1 To qualify for an initial license, an applicant must successfully complete a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.
56.2 An If an applicant is applying for an Initial License and certification in an area, or subject or category other than in a Core Content Area, an approved alternative to student teaching is one year of successful teaching experience consisting of a minimum of 91 days of long term teaching experience at one assignment as specified within this regulation.
56.2.1 The one year of teaching experience must have occurred within the last calendar year prior to application.
56.2.2 The teaching experience must consist of a minimum of 91 days of long term teaching experience at one assignment within the same academic year during which regular evaluations were conducted, evidencing at least satisfactory performance.
56.3 An approved alternative to student teaching is enrollment in an Alternative Routes to for Teacher Licensure and Certification program.
56.4 An approved alternative to student teaching is completion of the special institute pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12, Subchapter V.
6.07.0 Examination of General Knowledge and Assessment Requirements
67.1 To qualify for an initial license, an applicant must receive a passing score on an approved 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. In addition to the examinations specifically recognized in this regulation, examinations of general knowledge are also approved when adopted by the Standards Board with the approval of the State Board. In adopting examinations of general knowledge the Standards Board acts in consultation and cooperation with the Department in selecting tests and setting cut scores.
6.27.1.1 An applicant must provide the Department with official test scores for one or more of the required assessments approved examinations of general knowledge of essential skills in the three required components of reading, writing, and mathematics as set forth in the table in section 18.0 19.0.
6.2.17.1.2 Unless otherwise stated in this regulation, an applicant may submit the official test scores of an approved alternative assessment examination of general knowledge to satisfy one or more of the three required essential skills components of reading, writing, and mathematics as set forth in the table in section 18.0 19.0.
6.2.1.17.1.3 Any Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores or NTE Communication Skills scores intended to be used as an exemption for the PPST or PRAXIS I, shall be submitted within the same timeline as that required for PRAXIS I and scores must predate the employment application date.
8.0 Submission of Scores of Examination of General Knowledge or Assessments.
8.1 Test scores or Assessments shall be official and sent directly from Educational Testing Service or other the test vendor or Assessment provider to the Department.
8.2 Unopened, unaltered envelopes containing PPST or PRAXIS I scores, or scores of acceptable alternatives, sent to the individual may be accepted as official. The Department shall determine whether the scores as presented are acceptable.
8.3 Direct verification from another State Department of Education shall or in a similar manner may in the discretion of the Department if determined reliable be considered as official. An original of the grade form shall A copy of the results or score must be forwarded directly from the other State Department or entity to the Department. This method will be accepted only when official test scores from Educational Testing Service are not available.
9.1 Notwithstanding any other requirements within this regulation, an applicant applying for an initial license and certification in a Skilled and Technical Sciences specific career area may be issued an initial license for a period of up to 6 years to complete specified college course work or their equivalent in professional development or technical training required for certification. Applicants must pass an approved examination of general knowledge within six (6) years of the date of employment or before the expiration of the Initial License, whichever is later. A bachelor's degree equivalent for a Skilled and Technical Sciences teacher shall be two (2) years of college or technical training, plus six (6) years of work experience. The requirement for two (2) years of college or technical training may be satisfied through the satisfactory completion of any one of the following options in the specific career area to be taught:
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.
14.1 An educator may take a leave of absence of up to three (3) years with no effect upon the validity or expiration of the Initial License.
1819.0 Required Assessments or Approved Alternatives for Examination of General Knowledge
Required Assessment
Cut Score
Effective Date-Tests taken
Provider & Test#
CORE- Core The Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for
Approved Alternative Assessment Examination of General Knowledge by Component
Accepted in lieu of the Praxis I - Reading Component (**See 6.2.1 7.1.3 for restrictions)
After April 1, 1995 and thereafter
Date Taken** Prior to August 1, 2011
Accepted in lieu of the Praxis I - Math Component (**See 6.2.1 7.1.3 for restrictions)
After April 1, 1995 and thereafter
Date Taken** Prior to August 1, 2011
Accepted in lieu of the Praxis I - Writing Component (**See 6.2.1 7.1.3 for restrictions)
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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