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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsOctober 2017

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The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code by adding a new regulation 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments. This regulation is being adopted by the Department as the authority for such issue is found under 14 Del.C. Chapter 13, §1315 and is within the Department's purview. Previously this was promulgated by the Professional Standards Board as 14 DE Admin. Code 1502 Graduate Level Salary Increments. At this time, no changes are being made from what was in effect under 14 DE Admin. Code 1502 Graduate Level Salary Increments as of July 1, 2017; however, the Department will be discussing possible amendments with stakeholders.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and Delaware State News on August 2, 2017, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". Comments were received from five speech-language pathologists requesting clarification of the specialist description in the regulation. Specifically it was requested that the language of pending legislation regarding speech-language pathologists be included in the regulation. As noted above, the Department will be discussing possible amendments with stakeholders. However, in order to facilitate an efficient transition from the previous regulation 14 DE Admin. Code 1502 and to honor the legislative process the revisions requested are not appropriate at this time.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code by adding a new regulation 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments. The new regulation is needed because the subject which is being regulated falls under the purview of the Department's authority.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code by adding a new regulation 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is added to 14 DE Admin. Code. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments hereby added shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 728 Graduate Level Salary Increments in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on September 15, 2017. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 15th day of September 2017.
Department of Education
Approved this 15th day of September 2017
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.
"Critical Needs Areas" means content, specialty, or administrative areas identified by the Department as areas of shortage in Delaware schools.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Graduate Level Course" means any course which is awarded graduate level credit by a regionally accredited college or university.
"Graduate Level Course of Study" means a non matriculated but focused and coherent program of study (e.g., a Certificate Program) which is directly linked to professional responsibilities.
"Matriculated Graduate Credit" means credit earned from a regionally accredited college or university earned toward a master's degree or a doctoral degree.
"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 Degree Program" means an organized program of study that is beyond a master's degree but below the doctoral consisting of a minimum of sixty (60) graduate semester hours [ninety (90) quarter hours] and a one (1) year supervised internship, or an equivalent program as determined by the Department. Examples of programs include a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved program or an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program including but not limited to the following: Master's of Education (MEd) with an Educational Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology or a Master's of Science in School Psychology with a Advanced Certificate or Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Psychology. A master's degree in school psychology may be recognized as a specialist degree program if it meets the additional credit and internship requirements and any graduate credits earned in the program and conferral of the master's degree beyond thirty (30) may be counted beyond the master's degree level.
"Trades and Industry Teacher" means a Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher, Trade and Industrial Education Teacher or Teacher of Trade and Industries.
"Two Years of College or Technical Training" means a minimum of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and the satisfactory completion of any one of the following options in the specific career area of certification (1) an Associate's degree with a major in the specific career area; (2) two years of college majoring in the specific career area with at least 50% of the major courses required for a bachelor's degree satisfactorily completed; (3) a state issued certificate indicating completion of apprenticeship hours and apprentice related training (e.g. journey papers) in the specific career area; (4) completion of four years of sequential Delaware Trade Extension courses in the specific career area; (5) completion of four years of National Center for Construction Education and Research's Contren documented training in the specific career area; (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; (7) passage of a State of Delaware Licensing Test in the specific career area, offered through the Division of Professional Regulation; (8) 576 hours of military training in the specific career area; (9) 576 hours post-secondary trade school training in the specific career area; (10) a 70% or above score on both the written and performance teacher tests for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in the specific career area; (11) an industry recognized certification of technical competence or journeyperson status in the specific career area, or (12) DOE approved equivalents of any one of the above including but not limited to equivalents from any combination of the above options.
5.1 Educators entitled to rightward movement on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305(a), on the basis of inservice or undergraduate credits approved prior to July 1, 2004, shall continue to be entitled to such movement in the event of any future application for movement submitted after July 1, 2004.
8.3 Initial placement on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305, for Skilled and Technical Sciences teachers who have completed two years of college or technical training and six years of work experience, is at the bachelor's degree level.
Graduate credits which are included in the approved Alternative Routes to Certification program, as defined in 14 Del.C. Ch. 12, subchapter VI, are recognized as a graduate level course of study and may be applied by educators who hold master's degrees and who are enrolled in the approved Alternative Routes program toward a Master's Degree Plus 15 credits, a Master's Degree Plus 30 credits, a Master's Degree Plus 45 credits or a Doctoral degree on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305(a).
10.2 An educator employed on an Emergency Certificate pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1506 is eligible to receive a salary increment.
12.1 Upon completion of the credits required for movement on the basic salary schedule for educators, set forth in 14 Del.C. §1305(a), an applicant may apply for a salary increment. No applications will be considered prior to the completion of credits necessary for movement on the salary schedule.
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