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1.0 Content

1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Category).

1.1.1 This Certification is required for an Educator whose primary assignment is teaching children with disabilities in grades K to 12 in Delaware public schools.

1.1.1.1 The Early Childhood Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher Standard Certificate may be used for grades K to 2 in lieu of Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate.

1.1.1.2 The Teacher of Students with Autism or with Severe Intellectual Disabilities Standard Certificate, Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Standard Certificate, and Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Standard Certificate shall be used when the teacher’s primary assignment providing instruction to the category of students designated within those category certifications.

1.1.2 This Certification is a category Standard Certificate and does not certify an Educator to practice in a particular area or teach a particular subject. A category Standard Certificate only establishes that an Educator has met the prescribed education, knowledge, or skill to instruct a particular category of students. This Certification is limited to the category of teaching Students with Disabilities.

1.1.3 An Educator shall hold at least one content area Standard Certificate.

16 DE Reg. 766 (01/01/13)

19 DE Reg. 505 (12/01/15)

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

 

2.0 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, have the following meaning:

15 Credits or the Equivalent in Professional Development” means college credits or an equivalent number of hours with one credit equating to 15 hours taken either as part of a degree program or in addition to a degree program from a Regionally Accredited college or university or a professional development provider approved by the Department. College credit means undergraduate or graduate level coursework and continuing education units (CEUs) completed at or through a Regionally Accredited college or university or other Department-approved provider.

Certification” means the issuance of a Standard 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. Ch. 12 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 Professional Standards Board and approved by the State Board of Education. The term ‘educator’ does not include substitute teachers.

"Employing Authority" means any entity which employs educators, and includes, but is not limited to, school districts, charter schools, boards of directors, and management companies.

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 the educator’s unfitness or otherwise.

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 coursework in a particular content area.

"Passing Score" means a minimum score as established by the Standards Board, in consultation with the Department, and with the approval of the State Board of Education.

"Professional Development" means a combination of focused, in-depth learning, practice, feedback, reflection, and expert support experiences designed to change participants' attitudes, insights, and/or perspectives; and ultimately results in improved professional practice. Effective professional development programs include ample opportunities for knowledge acquisition, skill mastery, descriptive feedback, and refinement of practice in the work setting.

Regionally Accredited” means educational accreditation by a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education offered by the institutions of higher education it accredits, including Middle States Commission on Higher 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.

"Students with Disabilities" means the same as "Child with a Disability" as provided in 14 Del.C. §3101(2).

"Valid and Current License or Certificate" means a current full or permanent certificate or license issued by another state or jurisdiction. This means the educator is fully credentialed by having met all of the requirements for full licensure or certification in another state or jurisdiction. It does not include temporary, emergency, conditional certificates of eligibility or expired certificates or licenses issued from another state or jurisdiction.

19 DE Reg. 505 (12/01/15)

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

 

3.0 Issuance of a Standard Certificate

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate for Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities to an applicant who:

3.1.1 Holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or a Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003 and meets the requirements set forth in Section 4.0 of this regulation; or

3.1.2 Has met the requirements for licensure and holds a Valid and Current License or Certificate in special education or teaching students with disabilities.

3.2 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein, the Department shall not act on an application for a Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate if the applicant is under official investigation by any national, state, or local authority with the power to issue educator licenses or certifications. The Department shall not act where the allegations include but are not limited to conduct such as Immorality, misconduct in office, incompetence, willful neglect of duty, disloyalty, or falsification of credentials until the applicant provides evidence of the investigation’s resolution.

19 DE Reg. 505 (12/01/15)

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

 

4.0 Prescribed Education, Knowledge, and Skill Requirements

4.1 An applicant shall have satisfied the requirements in subsections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.

4.1.1 An applicant shall have satisfied one of the following education requirements:

4.1.1.1 Obtained and currently maintain an Exceptional Needs Specialist certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; or

4.1.1.2 Earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a Regionally Accredited college or university with a Major or Its Equivalent in special education or teaching students with disabilities from an educator preparation program approved or recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), or a state where the state approval body employed the appropriate standards; or

4.1.1.3 Satisfactorily completed an alternative routes for licensure or certification program to teach students with disabilities as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or

4.1.1.4 Satisfactorily completed a Department-approved educator preparation program in special education; or

4.1.1.5 Earned a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited college or university in any content area and satisfactorily completed 15 Credits or the Equivalent in Professional Development with a focus in special education or in students with disabilities in the following areas:

4.1.1.5.1 Diagnosis and Instruction for Reading / Literacy (3 credits);

4.1.1.5.2 Education Evaluation and IEP Development (3 credits);

4.1.1.5.3 Curriculum and Instruction in Special Education (3 credits);

4.1.1.5.4 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits); and

4.1.1.5.5 One of the following areas:

4.1.1.5.5.1 Legislation, Policy & Procedures/ Special Issues in Special Education (3 credits);

4.1.1.5.5.2 Transitions from Secondary Special Education or Secondary Transition Planning (3 credits);

4.1.1.5.5.3 Collaborative Teaming in Special Education (3 credits); or

4.1.1.5.5.4 Assistive Technology (3 credits).

4.1.2 The applicant shall have achieved on the Praxis Subject Assessment – Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (ETS Test Code # 5354) a Passing Score of 151.

19 DE Reg. 505 (12/01/15)

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

 

5.0 Application Requirements

5.1 If an applicant is applying for an Initial License, a Standard Certificate must be applied for simultaneously with application for an Initial License, and the applicant shall also provide all required documentation for the License.

5.2 The following documentation is required with the application for a Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate:

5.2.1 Evidence of obtaining an Exceptional Needs Specialist certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, if applicable.

5.2.2 Official transcript from the applicant’s Regionally Accredited college or university.

5.2.2.1 Electronic transcripts may be submitted by the applicant’s Employing Authority or Regionally Accredited college or university.

5.2.2.2 Sealed paper transcripts may be submitted by the applicant, the applicant’s Employing Authority, or the applicant’s Regionally Accredited college or university.

5.2.2.3 The Department will not accept copies of transcripts.

5.2.3 Evidence of completing the equivalent of 15 Credits or the Equivalent in Professional Development, as provided in subsection 4.1.1.5, if applicable.

5.2.4 Official score on the Praxis Subject Assessment as provided in subsection 4.1.2.

5.2.5 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

5.3 For applicants who have met the requirements for licensure and hold a Valid and Current License or Certificate in special education or teaching students with disabilities, the following documentation is required in the application for a Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate:

5.3.1 An official copy of the educator license or certificate from another state or jurisdiction.

5.3.2 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

 

6.0 Validity of a Standard Certificate

6.1 A Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate is valid regardless of the assignment or employment status of the holder provided that the Educator’s License remains current and valid.

6.2 A Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate is not subject to renewal.

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

 

7.0 Disciplinary Action

7.1 An Educator’s Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate may be revoked, suspended, or limited for cause as provided in 14 DE Admin. Code 1514 Limitation, Suspension, and Revocation of Licenses, Certificates, and Permits.

7.2 An Educator’s Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate shall be revoked if the Educator's Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or Professional Status Certificate is revoked or the Educator made a materially false or misleading statement in the Educator’s application in accordance with 14 Del.C. §1222.

7.3 An Educator whose certificate is noticed for disciplinary action is entitled to a full and fair hearing before the Standards Board. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with 14 DE Admin. Code 1515 Hearing Procedures and Rules.

 

8.0 Secretary of Education Review

The Secretary of Education may, upon the written request of a local school district or charter school, review credentials submitted in an application for a Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate on an individual basis and grant such a Standard Certificate to an applicant who otherwise does not meet the requirements for a Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate but whose effectiveness is documented by the local school district or charter school.

 

9.0 Past Certificate Recognized

The Department shall recognize a Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Standard Certificate that was issued by the Department prior to the effective date of this regulation. An Educator holding such a Standard Certificate shall be considered certified to instruct Students with Disabilities.

7 DE Reg. 775 (12/01/03)

Renumbered effective 06/01/07 - see Conversion Table

11 DE Reg. 671 (11/01/07)

16 DE Reg. 766 (01/01/13)

19 DE Reg. 505 (12/01/15)

24 DE Reg. 48 (07/01/20)

Last Updated: August 27 2020 08:49:49.
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