DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Professional Standards Board

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 1220(a) (14 Del.C. §1220(a))

14 DE Admin. Code 1558

FINAL

REGULATORY IMPLEMENTING ORDER

1558 Standard Certificate Bilingual Teacher (Spanish) Primary and Middle

I. Summary of the Evidence and Information Submitted

The Professional Standards Board, acting in cooperation and consultation with the Department of Education, seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to repeal 14 DE Admin. Code 1558 Standard Certificate Bilingual Teacher (Spanish) Primary and Middle Level. As part of the review of Regulation 1537, it was decided to collapse the two levels of certification into one comprehensive K to 12 regulation. All involved parties concur with that recommendation.

Notice of the proposed repeal of the regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on June 20, 2006 in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". The notice invited written comments. No comments were received.

II. Findings of Facts

The Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education find that it is appropriate to adopt this regulation to comply with changes in statute.

III. Decision to Adopt the Regulation

For the foregoing reasons, the Professional Standards Board and the State Board of Education conclude that it is appropriate to repeal the regulation. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(b), the regulation attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is hereby adopted. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), the regulation hereby repealed shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.

IV. Text and Citation

The text of the regulation amended shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1579 of the Administrative Code of Regulations of the Department of Education.

V. Effective Date of Order

The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.

APPROVED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD THE 7TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2006

Harold Roberts, Chair Edward Czerwinski

Sandra Falatek Mary Furbush

Karen Gordon Richard Gregg

Barbara Grogg Leslie Holden

Lori Hudson Carla Lawson

Mary Mirabeau Gretchen Pikus

Karen Schilling Ross Michael Thomas

Kathleen Thomas Carol Vukelich

FOR IMPLEMENTATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

Valerie A. Woodruff, Secretary of Education

IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2006

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Jean W. Allen, President

Richard M. Farmer, Jr., Vice President

Mary B. Graham, Esquire

Gregory A. Hastings

Barbara Rutt

Dennis J. Savage

Dr. Claibourne D. Smith

1558 Standard Certificate Bilingual Teacher (Spanish) Primary and Middle Level

1.0 Content

This regulation shall apply to the requirements for a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Bilingual Teacher (Spanish) Primary and Middle Level (K to 8).

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/1/03)

2.0 Definitions

2.1 The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.

"License" means a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.

"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.

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/1/03)

3.0 Standard Certificate

In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as a Bilingual Teacher (Spanish) Primary and Middle to an applicant who holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License; or Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003, and who meets the following requirements:

3.1 A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completion of a teacher education program in Elementary, Primary or Middle Level (grade configurations K to 8) Bilingual Education in the Language Area of Spanish.

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/1/03)

4.0 Alternative Requirements

If the candidate does not meet the requirements in 3.0 the following shall apply:

4.1 Complete the required course work in a teacher education program in Elementary, Primary or Middle Level (grade configurations K to 8) Regular Education plus provide the following:

4.1.1 Verification of language proficiency in Spanish as demonstrated by one of the two options below:

4.1.1.1 Completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours from a regionally accredited college in the language area of Spanish. This course work shall be at or above the intermediate level; and Demonstration of oral proficiency in the language area of Spanish by meeting the appropriate qualifying score on the PRAXIS II Tests, as adopted by the Standards Board and the State Board; or

4.1.1.2 Demonstration of English speaking ability, when English is not the first language, by scoring 50 on the TOEFL: Test of Spoken English (TSE) and

4.1.2 In addition to 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 all candidates must meet the following requirements:

4.1.2.1 Completion of course work as indicated:

4.1.2.1.1 3 semester hours Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language;

4.1.2.1.2 3 semester hours Second Language Testing;

4.1.2.1.3 3 semester hours Corrective Reading (English); or

4.1.2.1.4 3 semester hours Corrective Reading (Spanish); and

4.1.2.2 Verification of knowledge of the Spanish culture as demonstrated by:

4.1.2.2.1 A three (3) semester hour course in Spanish culture; or

4.1.2.2.2 Documentation of personal interaction with the target community via study abroad, work experience, formative experience, etc.; and

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/1/03)

8 DE Reg. 80 (7/01/04)

5.0 Effective Date

This regulation shall be effective through June 30, 2006 only. Applicants who apply for a Standard Certificate as a Bilingual Teacher (Spanish) Primary and Middle Level after that date must comply with the requirements set forth in 14 Del.C. §1516.

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/1/03)

10 DE Reg. 695 (10/01/06)(Final)