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14 DE Admin. Code 1507
The Professional Standards Board, acting in consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education, seeks the approval of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1507 Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification Program. This regulation concerns the requirements for the alternative routes to teacher licensure and certification program pursuant to 14 Del.C. §§1260 - 1264. It is necessary to amend this regulation to replace the terms “PRAXIS II” with “Praxis Subject Assessments” and “candidate” with “teacher” throughout the regulation; amend the definition of “Examination of General Knowledge” to be consistent with the proposed changes to 14 DE Admin. Code 1510 Issuance of Initial License; add a definition of “Critical Curricular Area” to section 2.0; amend section 3.0 to be consistent with the requirements of 14 Del.C. §§1210 & 1210A and 14 DE Admin. Code 1506 Emergency Certificate; amend section 4.0 to be consistent with the requirements of 14 Del.C. §1261; strike section 6.0 due to the proposed addition of subsection 4.4; clarify sections 7.0 and 8.0, which concern recommending approval or disapproval of a teacher for licensure and certification; amend section 9.0 to be consistent with the requirements of 14 Del.C. §1263; and replace “Standards Board and the State Board” with “Secretary” in section 10.0 to be consistent with 14 Del.C. §1261(d).
Coherent Major” means a major in an area appropriate to the instructional field.
Critical Curricular Area” means an area identified based on supply and demand information obtained from local school districts and from state and national sources and approved by the State Board pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 240. A Critical Curricular Area is also known as a critical need area.
Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Educator" means a person licensed and certified by the State under Chapter 12 of 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. For purposes of 14 Del.C. Chapter Ch.12, the, term 'educator' does not include substitute teachers.
"Emergency Certificate" means a temporary credential issued pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1506 Emergency Certificate.
Examination of Content Knowledge means a standardized State test of subject matter knowledge which measures knowledge in a specific content area, such as PRAXIS™ II Praxis Subject Assessments.
Examination of General Knowledge means a standardized test which measures, or a combination of standardized tests which measure, general knowledge and essential skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, or quantitative and verbal skills, including reading and writing, such as PRAXIS™ I, which for the purposes of this regulation, means the State Basic Skills Test adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12 and as provided in Section 19.0 of 14 DE Admin. Code 1510. For the purpose of this regulation, “Examination of General Knowledge” means the State Basic Skills Test.
Initial License means the first license issued to an educator that allows an educator to work in a position requiring a license in a Delaware public school a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.
Major or Its Equivalent means no fewer than thirty (30) credit hours in a content area.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
Standard Certificate means a credential issued to verify 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.
"Teacher Residency Program" means a teacher preparation program meeting the minimum criteria of this regulation and approved pursuant to this regulation and any Department regulation. Such a program is typically sponsored by a regionally accredited college or university in partnership with one or more State Education Agencies and/or an established Organization/Foundation, where the participant is paired with a mentor and veteran teacher in a classroom for their his or her initial school year experience.
"Teach For America" means the nationally established program consisting of recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit to a minimum of two (2) consecutive years of classroom teaching in either a low-income urban or rural public school.
3.1 Qualified Candidates teachers meeting all conditions of and seeking participation in an Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification program shall be issued a Provisional License conditioned upon their acceptance and continued enrollment in the program. Such Provisional License is valid for 1 year unless revoked. If the requirements of the Provisional License are met, an Initial License, of no more than three (3) years duration which is valid for 3 years unless revoked, shall be issued conditioned on continued enrollment and participation in an Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program and an Emergency Certificate or certificates of no more than three years duration. The Department shall issue an Emergency Certificate or Certificates, valid for one school year, to qualified candidates in accordance with 14 DE Admin. Code 1506.
3.2 Candidates Teachers shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
3.2.1.1 Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a coherent major, or its equivalent as determined by the Department in conjunction with the alternative routes to teacher licensure and certification program, which shall be no less than thirty (30) credit hours in the instructional field they will teach; or
3.3 Pass an approved examination of general knowledge, such as PRAXIS™ I, or provide an acceptable alternative to the PRAXIS™ I test scores, as set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1510, within the period of time from the date of hire to the end of the next consecutive fiscal year; and
3.4 Obtain acceptance into an a Department-approved alternative routes to licensure and certification program.
3.4.1 Notwithstanding any other provisions to the contrary, candidates teachers enrolled in the Teach For America program shall not be limited to teaching in areas identified as critical curricular areas.
3.4.2 Notwithstanding any other provisions to the contrary, candidates teachers enrolled in an approved teacher residency program shall not be limited to teaching in areas identified as critical curricular areas; and
3.5.1 Pass an examination of content knowledge, such as PRAXIS™ II Praxis Subject Assessments, in the instructional field they desire to teach, if applicable and available, within the period of time from the date of hire to the end of the next consecutive fiscal year.
3.5.2 Notwithstanding any other provisions to the contrary, candidates teachers enrolled in the Teach For America program shall, where applicable and available, have achieved a passing score on an examination of content knowledge, such as PRAXIS™ II Praxis Subject Assessments, for the area in which such candidate teacher will be teaching, prior to taking full responsibility for teaching a classroom; or
3.5.3 Notwithstanding any other provisions to the contrary, candidates teachers enrolled in a teacher residency program shall, where applicable and available, have achieved a passing score on an examination of content knowledge, such as PRAXIS™ II Praxis Subject Assessments, for the area in which such candidate teacher will be teaching, prior to taking full responsibility for teaching a classroom; and
4.1 An Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program shall may be approved by the Secretary of Education and meet if the program meets the following minimum criteria:
4.2.1 A summer institute seminar or practicum of no less than one hundred and twenty (120) instructional (clock) hours completed by the candidate prior to the beginning of his/her teaching assignment which takes place prior to the time at which the teacher participating in the program takes full responsibility for a classroom. This includes an orientation to the policies, organization and curriculum of the employing school district or charter school, instructional strategies and classroom management, and child or adolescent development.; or
4.3 Require a one year, full time practicum experience which includes a period of intensive on-the-job mentoring and supervision beginning the first day in which the candidate assumes full responsibility for a classroom and continuing for a period of thirty (30) weeks period of intensive on-the-job supervision beginning the first day on which the teacher participating in the program assumes full responsibility for a classroom and continuing for a period of at least 10 weeks.
4.4 Require an additional period of continued supervision and evaluation for a period of no less than 20 weeks.
4.4.1.3.1 No more than 2 months shall pass without a formal observation.
4.44.5 Require seminars on teaching that provide Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification teachers with Provide approximately 200 instructional (clock) hours clock hours of formal instruction or equivalent professional development during the first year of their teaching assignment and during an intensive seminar the following summer the time periods specified in subsections 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 of this regulation. Content shall include curriculum, student development and learning at all levels, and the classroom and the school, as required in 14 Del.C. §1261.
4.54.6 Receive any required approvals under the Department's regulation 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs.
Mentoring support shall be carried out in accordance with 14 DE Admin. Code 1503. No mentor shall participate in any way in decisions which might have a bearing on the licensure, certification or employment of teachers participating in an Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program.
7.06.0 Recommendation for Licensure and Certification
6.1 Upon completion of an Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program, the certified evaluator shall prepare a summative evaluation report for the teacher participating in the Program.
6.1.1 The evaluation report shall include a recommendation as to whether or not a license shall the appropriate license and standard certificate or certificates should be issued.
6.1.2 The evaluation report and license recommendation shall be submitted directly to the Department.
6.1.3 A copy of the evaluation report and license recommendation should shall be issued to the candidate teacher twenty (20) days before submission to the Department.
8.07.0 Issuance of License Recommendation of “Approved”
If the evaluation report recommends approval of the candidate for licensure that the appropriate license and standard certificate or certificates be issued, provided the candidate teacher is otherwise qualified, the Department shall issue an Initial License valid for the balance of the three (3) year term, if the participant teacher has completed the Program in less than three (3) years, or a Continuing License, if the three (3) year term of the Initial License has expired, and shall issue the appropriate Standard Certificate or Certificates.
Candidates who receive a recommendation of ‘disapproved’ shall not be issued an Initial License and Standard Certificate by the Department, and may not continue in an Alternative Routes for Licensure and Certification Program.
9.08.0 Recommendation of “Disapproved”
8.1 Teachers who receive a recommendation of “disapproved” shall not be issued the appropriate license and standard certificate or certificates and may not continue in an Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program.
8.1.1 Candidates who receive a recommendation of “disapproved” The teacher may petition the Department for approval of additional opportunities to participate in an Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program.
8.1.2 Within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the evaluation report and the certification recommendation, a candidate teacher disagreeing with the recommendation may submit to the evaluator certified evaluators written materials documenting the reasons that the candidate teacher believes a license should be awarded. The evaluator certified evaluators shall forward all documentation submitted by the candidate teacher, along with the evaluation report and recommendation concerning licensure and certification to the Secretary of Education Department. The Secretary or his or her designee shall review the evaluation report, the licensure and certification recommendation, and any documentation supplied by the candidate teacher and make a determination with respect to licensure and certification.
10.09.0 Right to a Hearing
A teacher participating in an Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program who is denied a license and certificate or additional opportunities to participate in the Alternative Routes for Teacher Licensure and Certification Program may appeal the Secretary’s or Secretary’s designee’s decision, and is entitled to a full and fair hearing before the Standards Board. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Standard Board’s Hearing Procedures and Rules.
11.010.0 Program Evaluation
Those responsible for Alternative Routes to Certification Programs approved by the Standards Board and the State Board Secretary shall develop a program evaluation process. The focus of the program evaluation shall be to demonstrate the degree to which teachers who complete the program are effective in the classroom.
12.011.0 Approval of Alternative Routes Programs
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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