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1.0 Content

This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Special Education Director Standard Certificate pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a). This Standard Certificate is required for all special education directors who are working in Delaware public schools.

16 DE Reg. 1073 (04/01/13)

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

2.0 Definitions

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

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 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 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.

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 and is in good standing in that state or jurisdiction. It does not include temporary, emergency, conditional certificates of eligibility or expired certificates or licenses issued from another state or jurisdiction.

16 DE Reg. 1073 (04/01/13)

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

3.0 Issuance of a Standard Certificate

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Special Education Director Standard Certificate 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 in Delaware and presents proof of a Valid and Current License or Certificate as a special education director from another state or jurisdiction whose requirements are substantially similar to the requirements in Section 4.0 of this regulation; or

3.1.3 Has met the requirements for licensure in Delaware and meets the requirements set forth in Section 5.0 of this regulation.

3.2 Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary herein, the Department shall not act on an application for a Special Education Director 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.

16 DE Reg. 1073 (04/01/13)

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

4.0 Prescribed Education, Knowledge, and Skill Requirements

4.1 The Department may issue a Special Education Director Standard Certificate to an applicant who has satisfied the requirements in subsections 4.1.1 through 4.1.3.

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

4.1.1.1 Earned a master’s or doctoral degree with a Major or Its Equivalent in special education leadership from a Regionally Accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); or

4.1.1.2 Earned a master’s or doctoral degree in special education from a Regionally Accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and satisfactorily completed an alternative routes for licensure or certification program for leaders as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or

4.1.1.3 Earned a master’s or doctoral degree in any content area from a Regionally Accredited college or university and satisfactorily completed a Department-approved educator preparation program for special education directors as provided in 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs; or

4.1.1.4 Earned a master’s or doctoral degree with a Major or Its Equivalent in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership from a Regionally Accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and completed an additional 30 graduate-level credit hours in special education from a Regionally Accredited college or university or the equivalent in Professional Development approved by the Department.

4.1.2 The applicant shall have achieved a Passing Score on one of the following examinations:

4.1.2.1 A Passing Score of 146 on the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Assessment (ETS Test Code # 5412); or

4.1.2.2 A Passing Score of 160 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6011); or

4.1.2.3 A Passing Score of 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6021); or

4.1.2.4 A Passing Score of 151 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6990); or

4.1.2.5 A Passing Score of 162 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6991).

4.1.3 The applicant shall have completed a minimum of five years of one of the following experience requirements in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or an equivalent setting as approved by the Department:

4.1.3.1 Teaching special education students under a state credential with satisfactory annual summative evaluations or the equivalent thereof on a state-approved educator evaluation system; or

4.1.3.2 Working with special education students as a school psychologist, speech pathologist, or audiologist under a Delaware Standard Certificate or a Delaware professional license; or

4.1.3.3 Working with special education students as an educational diagnostician or special education coordinator; or

4.1.3.4 Providing pupil personnel services to special education students under a Delaware professional license; or

4.1.3.5 Supervising staff who teach special education students with satisfactory annual summative evaluations or the equivalent thereof on a state-approved educator evaluation system; or

4.1.3.6 Any combination of the experience requirements in subsections 4.1.3.1 through 4.1.3.5.

16 DE Reg. 1073 (04/01/13)

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

5.0 Reciprocity

5.1 If an applicant is already licensed or certified as a special education director in a state or jurisdiction whose requirements are not substantially similar to the requirements in Section 4.0, the applicant shall have satisfied the requirements in subsections 5.1.1 through 5.1.4 in order for the Department to issue a Special Education Director Standard Certificate:

5.1.1 The applicant shall hold a Valid and Current License or Certificate as a special education director.

5.1.2 The applicant shall have earned a master’s or doctoral degree in a Pre-K to 12 education-related field from a Regionally Accredited college or university.

5.1.3 If the applicant has less than five years’ experience working as a special education director or supervisor in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or an equivalent setting as approved by the Department, the applicant shall have achieved a Passing Score on one of the following examinations:

5.1.3.1 A Passing Score of 146 on the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Assessment (ETS Test Code # 5412); or

5.1.3.2 A Passing Score of 160 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6011); or

5.1.3.3 A Passing Score of 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6021); or

5.1.3.4 A Passing Score of 151 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6990); or

5.1.3.5 A Passing Score of 162 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code # 6991).

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

6.0 Application Requirements

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

6.2 For applicants who are applying for the Special Education Director Standard Certificate under subsection 3.1.1, the following documentation is required:

6.2.1 Official transcript from the applicant’s Regionally Accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for applicants who are applying under subsections 4.1.1.1 and 4.1.1.4 or official transcript from the applicant’s Regionally Accredited college or university for applicants who are applying under subsections 4.1.1.2 or 4.1.1.3.

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

6.2.1.2 Sealed paper transcripts may be submitted.

6.2.1.3 The Department will not accept copies of transcripts; and

6.2.2 Documents verifying successful completion of Department-approved Professional Development, if applicable; and

6.2.3 Official score on an examination as provided in subsection 4.1.2; and

6.2.4 The Department-approved form verifying the applicant’s completion of the experience requirement as provided in subsection 4.1.3; and

6.2.5 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

6.3 For applicants who are applying for the Special Education Director Standard Certificate under subsection 3.1.2, the following documentation is required:

6.3.1 An official copy of the Valid and Current License or Certificate; and

6.3.2 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

6.4 For applicants who are applying for the Special Education Director Standard Certificate under subsection 3.1.3, the following documentation is required:

6.4.1 An official copy of the Valid and Current License or Certificate; and

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

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

6.4.2.2 Sealed paper transcripts may be submitted.

6.4.2.3 The Department will not accept copies of transcripts; and

6.4.3 Official score on an examination as provided in subsection 5.1.3; and

6.4.4 Additional documentation as required by the Department.

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

7.0 Validity of a Standard Certificate

7.1 A Special Education Director Standard Certificate is valid regardless of the assignment or employment status of the holder provided that the Educator’s License remains current and valid.

7.2 A Special Education Director Standard Certificate is not subject to renewal.

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

8.0 Disciplinary Action

8.1 An Educator’s Special Education Director 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.

8.2 An Educator’s Special Education Director Standard Certificate shall be revoked if the Educator's Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or Standard 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.

8.3 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.

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

9.0 Secretary of Education Review

9.1 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 Director 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 Director Standard Certificate but whose effectiveness is documented by the local school district or charter school.

9.1.1 For school districts, requests shall be approved by the superintendent of the school district.

9.1.2 For charter schools, requests concerning the head of school of the charter school shall be approved by the charter school’s board of directors and requests concerning all other applicants shall be approved by the charter school’s head of school.

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

10.0 Past Certificate Recognized

The Department shall recognize a Special Education Supervisor and a Special Education Director 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 practice as a special education director.

8 DE Reg. 1299 (03/01/05)

Renumbered effective 06/01/07 - see Conversion Table

16 DE Reg. 1073 (04/01/13)

24 DE Reg. 567 (12/01/20)

 

Last Updated: January 29 2021 11:39:23.
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