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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsNovember 2015

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14 DE Admin. Code 1506
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1506 Emergency Certificate. This regulation is being amended to provide current formatting and to eliminate unnecessary language, as well as to allow the Department of Education the ability to process some Emergency Certificates automatically for those enrolled in an approved Alternate Routes program.
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended 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 amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended 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 amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The regulation is related to the Professional Standards Board and does not directly affect any changes to the protection of students’ health and safety.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The regulation is related to the Professional Standards Board and does not directly affect any changes to students’ legal rights.
2.1 The definitions set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto, are incorporated herein by reference.
Certified means holding a certificate in a specific content area at designated grade levels.
Emergency Certificate means a temporary credential issued to an individual who has obtained employment or an offer of employment with an employing authority and holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License, but lacks necessary skills and knowledge to immediately meet certification requirements in a specific content area. The temporary credential provides the individual with a limited time to meet the requirements for certification in the specific content area.
Exigent Circumstances means unanticipated circumstances or circumstances beyond the educator's control, including, but not limited to, 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.
Satisfactory Evaluation means the overall rating of "Highly Effective" or "Effective" on the DPAS Summative Evaluation.
3.7.1.1 The new employing authority that hires an individual with a valid an Emergency Certificate requests prior to the expiration of the original emergency certificate, the continued approval of the Emergency Certificate through the remainder of the original term school year or requests an extension.
3.8.3 Prior to June 30th November 1st, the employing authority shall review the Emergency Certificate and if considered necessary, the employing authority may apply to the Department for an extension for an additional school year.
4.1.3 Apply for the Emergency Certificate within sixty (60) calendar days of the individual's hire or new job assignment. However, the Department may issue an Emergency Certificate to an employed educator enrolled in an approved alternative routes for teacher licensure and certification program even if the employing authority fails to meet the 60-day request deadline.
4.1.4 Set forth a written plan with the application of the Emergency Certificate, verified by the individual and the employing authority. The plan must be designed to support and assist the individual in achieving the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the applicable certification requirements. The written plan is subject to Department approval. The written plan shall contain at a minimum the following:
5.2 Failure by tThe employing authority to shall fulfill the conditions set forth in 5.1 prior to June 30th November 1st shall result in the expiration of the Emergency Certificate.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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