DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(d) (14 Del.C. §122(d))
14 DE Admin. Code 371
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
371 Certification Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
Amendment to Existing Regulation
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
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 371 Certification Teacher of the Hearing Impaired. The regulation concerns the requirements for certification of educational personnel, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a). It is necessary to amend this regulation to align it with changes in statute regarding licensure and certification of educators and to update the course requirements for the position. The regulation will be renumbered 1572 to reflect its movement to the Professional Standards Board section of the Department of Education regulations. It will be renamed Standard Certificate Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to make it consistent with other regulations for standard certificates for educators. Working in collaboration with the former and current Directors of the Margaret S. Sterck Delaware School for the Deaf and the Licensure and Certification Criteria Committee, the new regulation was drafted and approved to be forwarded to the Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education. This regulation sets forth the requirements for a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the adopted regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The adopted regulation addresses student achievement by establishing standards for the issuance of a standard certificate to educators who have acquired the prescribed knowledge, skill and/or education to practice in a particular area, to teach a particular subject or to instruct a particular category of students to help ensure that students are instructed by educators who are highly qualified.
2. Will the adopted regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The adopted regulation helps to ensure that all teachers employed to teach students meet high standards and have acquired the prescribed knowledge, skill and/or education to practice in a particular area, to teach a particular subject or to instruct a particular category of students.
3. Will the adopted regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? The adopted regulation addresses educator certification, not students' health and safety.
4. Will the adopted regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The adopted regulation addresses educator certification, not students' legal rights.
5. Will the adopted regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision makers at the local board and school level? The adopted regulation will preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision makers at the local board and school level.
6. Will the adopted regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The adopted regulation will not place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.
7. Will decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision-making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated rests with the Professional Standards Board, in collaboration with the Department of Education, and with the consent of the State Board of Education.
8. Will the adopted regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The adopted regulation will be consistent with, and not an impediment to, the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the amended regulation? 14 Del.C. requires that we promulgate this regulation.
10. What is the cost to the state and to the local school boards of compliance with the adopted regulation? There is no additional cost to local school boards for compliance with the regulation.
371 Certification Teacher of the Hearing Impaired July 1, 1993 1.0 Standard License The following shall be required for the Standard License. 1.1 Bachelor's or Master's degree in a teacher education program in the area of Hearing Impairment (Deaf Education) or, 1.2 Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 33 credit hours in the following: Methods of Teaching Reading to the Deaf Methods of Teaching Language to the Deaf (6 semester hours) Methods of Teaching Speech to the Deaf Aural Rehabilitation Audiology Psycho, Social and Educational Aspects of Deafness Survey and Introduction, Education of Exceptional Children Human Growth and Development Manual Communications, 6 semester hours in the area of special education, or proficiency as determined by an agency authorized by the Department of Education, and an additional 6 semester hours in the area of special education Methods of Teaching Multihandicapped Deaf Children Tests and Measurements for Exceptional Children and Adults 2.0 Limited Standard License The following shall be required for the Limited Standard License. 2.1 The Limited Standard License may be issued for a period of three years at the request of a Delaware public school district to a person who has a Bachelor's degree but is no more than 12 semester hours from completion of the requirements in 1.2. 3.0 Licenses that may be issued for this position include Standard and Limited Standard
1572 Standard Certificate Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This regulation shall apply to the requirements for a standard certificate for Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing pursuant to 14 Del.C., §1220.
The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"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. §1202 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 Content Knowledge" means a standardized test which measures knowledge in a specific content area, such as PRAXIS™ II.
"Fifteen (15) Credits or Their 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 it, from a regionally accredited college or university or a professional development provider approved by the employing school district or charter school.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Valid and Current License or Certificate from Another State" means a current full or permanent certificate or license issued by another state. It does not include temporary, emergency or expired certificates or licenses issued from another state.
3.0 Standard Certificate
The Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to an educator who holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License; or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003 who has met the following requirements:
3.1 Acquired the prescribed knowledge, skill or education to practice in a particular area, to teach a particular subject or to instruct a particular category of students by:
3.1.1 Obtaining National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
certification in the area, subject, or category for which a Standard Certificate is requested; or
3.1.2 Meeting the requirements set forth in the relevant Department or Standards Board regulation governing the issuance of a Standard Certificate in the area for which a Standard Certificate is sought; or
3.1.3 Graduating from an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or from a state approved educator preparation program, where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards, offered by a regionally accredited college or university, with a major or its equivalent in Deaf Education; or
3.1.4 Satisfactorily completing the Alternative Routes for Licensure and
Certification Program, the Special Institute for Licensure and Certification, or such other alternative educator preparation programs as the Secretary may approve; or
3.1.5 Holding a master's degree in deaf education from a program approved by the Council for Education of the Deaf offered through a regionally accredited college or university; or
3.1.6 Holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area and for applicants applying after June 30, 2006 for their first standard certificate, satisfactory completion of fifteen (15) credits or their equivalent in professional development related to their area of certification, of which at least six (6) credits or their equivalent must focus on pedagogy, selected by the applicant with the approval of the employing school district or charter school which is submitted to the Department; and
3.2 For applicants applying after December 31, 2005, where a Praxis™ II examination in the area of the Standard Certificate requested is applicable and available, achieved a passing score as established by the Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with the concurrence of the State Board, on the examination; or
3.3 Met the requirements for licensure and holding a valid and current license or certificate from another state as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing;
3.3.1 The Department shall not act on an application for certification 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; or
3.4 Met the requirements for a Meritorious New Teacher Candidate Designation adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203.
3.5 If additional criteria are imposed by a specific regulation in the area for which a Standard Certificate is sought, the additional requirements must also be met.
4.0 Multiple Certificates
Educators may hold certificates in more than one area.
5.0 Application Requirements
An applicant for a Standard Certificate shall submit:
5.1 Official transcripts; and
5.2 Official scores on the Praxis II examination if applicable and available; or
5.3 Evidence of passage of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate, if applicable; or
5.4 An official copy of the out of state license or certification, if applicable.
5.5 If applied for simultaneously with application for an Initial License, the applicant shall provide all required documentation for that application in addition to the documentation cited above.
6.0 Application Procedures for License Holders
If an applicant holds a valid Initial, Continuing, or Advanced Delaware License; or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued prior to August 31, 2003 and is requesting additional Standard Certificates, only that documentation necessary to demonstrate acquisition of the prescribed knowledge, skill or education required for the additional Standard Certificate requested is required.
7.0 Effect of Regulation
This regulation shall apply to all requests for issuance of a Standard Certificate, except as specifically addressed herein. Educators holding a Professional Status Certificate or a Standard Certificate issued on or before August 31, 2003 shall be issued a Continuing License upon the expiration of their current Professional Status Certificate or Standard Certificate. The Standard Certificate for each area in which they held a Professional Status Certificate or a Standard Certificate shall be listed on the Continuing License or the Advanced License. The Department shall also recognize a Limited Standard Certificate issued prior to August 31, 2003, provided that the educator successfully completes the requirements set forth in the prescription letter received with the Limited Standard Certificate. Requirements must be completed by the expiration date of the Limited Standard Certificate, but in no case later than December 31, 2008.
8.0 Validity of a Standard Certificate
A Standard Certificate is valid regardless of the assignment or employment status of the holder of a certificate or certificates, and is not subject to renewal. It shall be revoked in the event the educator's Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or Limited Standard, Standard, or Professional Status Certificate is revoked in accordance with 14 DE Admin. Code 1514. An educator whose license or certificate is revoked is entitled to a full and fair hearing before the Professional Standards Board. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Standards Board's Hearing Procedures and Rules.
9.0 Secretary of Education Review
The Secretary of Education may, upon the written request of the superintendent of a local school district or charter school administrator or other employing authority, review credentials submitted in application for a Standard Certificate on an individual basis and grant a Standard Certificate to an applicant who otherwise does not meet the requirements for a Standard Certificate, but whose effectiveness is documented by the local school district or charter school administrator or other employing authority.
10 DE Reg. 781 (11/01/06)(Prop.)