DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Professional Standards Board

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 1205(b) (14 Del.C. §1205(b))

14 DE Admin. Code 1571

PROPOSED

Educational Impact Analysis Pursuant to 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)

1571 Secondary Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher

A. Type of Regulatory Action Requested

Amendment to Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of 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 14 DE Admin. Code 1571 Secondary Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher. It will be renamed 1571 Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher. 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. The grade configuration of the certificate is being changed from 7 to 12 to K to 12 to align it with the required PRAXIS II test. This regulation sets forth the requirements for an Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher.

Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on Monday October 1, 2007 to Mr. Charlie Michels, Executive Director, Delaware Professional Standards Board, The Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware 19901. Copies of this regulation are available from the above address or may be viewed at the Professional Standards Board Business Office.

C. Impact Criteria

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 amended regulation addresses educator certification, not students’ health and safety.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The amended regulation addresses educator certification, not students’ legal rights.

5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision-makers at the local board and school level? The amended regulation will preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision makers at the local board and school level.

6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended 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 amended 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 amended 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 amended regulation? There is no additional cost to local school boards for compliance with the amended regulation.

1571 Secondary Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher

1.0 Content

This regulation shall apply to the requirements for a standard certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Teacher Exceptional Children Special Education Secondary (Grades 7 to 12).

2.0 Definitions

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 used.

“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.

3.0 Standard Certificate

In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as a Teacher Exceptional Children Special Education Secondary 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,

3.2 Professional Education

3.2.1 Completion of a teacher education program in the area of the standard certificate sought or,

3.2.2 A minimum of 42 semester hours as follows:

3.2.2.1 Twenty four semester hours required core courses for all Exceptional Teaching Licenses

3.2.2.1.1 Methods in Reading

3.2.2.1.2 Methods in Mathematics

3.2.2.1.3 Classroom Management

3.2.2.1.4 Introduction to Education of Exceptional Children

3.2.2.1.5 Adolescent Psychology and Development

3.2.2.1.6 Applied Behavior Analysis

3.2.2.2 Eighteen semester hours for Mildly and Moderately Disabled and Physically Impaired (PI):

3.2.2.2.1 Issues in Secondary Transition and Vocational Education

3.2.2.2.2 Methods and Curriculum in area(s) of endorsement (secondary based)

3.2.2.2.3 Diagnosis, Assessment, and IEP Development for Exceptionalities

3.2.2.2.4 Assistive Technology (Mildly and Moderately Disabled) Assistive Technology for Physically Impaired (PI)

3.2.2.2.5 Six semester hours from the following: Consultation, Social Skills Training, Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities, Counseling Techniques, Research and Theories of Exceptional Children, Current Issues in Special Education and Multicultural Issues in Education.

3.2.2.3 Eighteen semester hours for Visually Impaired

3.2.2.3.1 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

3.2.2.3.2 Braille and Nemeth Code (preferably including instruction in Braille)

3.2.2.3.3 Orientation and Mobility for the Teacher of the Visually Impaired

3.2.2.3.4 Education for the Visually Impaired (Adapting Materials/Methods)

3.2.2.3.5 Assistive Technology

3.2.2.3.6 Diagnosis, Assessment, and IEP Development

4.0 Effective Date

This regulation shall be effective through June 30, 2006 only. Applicants who apply for a standard certificate as a teacher exceptional children special education secondary after that date must comply with the requirements set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505.

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

Renumbered effective 6/1/07 - see Conversion Table

1571 Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher

1.0 Content

1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher. This certification is required for grades K to 12.

1.2 Except as otherwise provided, the requirements set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto, are incorporated herein by reference.

2.0 Definitions

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.

3.0 Standard Certificate

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as an Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher to an educator who has met the following:

3.1.1 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; and,

3.1.2 Has met the requirements as set forth in 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate, including any subsequent amendment or revision thereto.

11 DE Reg. 266 (09/01/07) (Prop.)