1562 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher


Published: 2015

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Title 14 Education

1500 Professional Standards Board



1562 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 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 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 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.

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

12 DE Reg. 341 (09/01/08)

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.

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

"Nationally recognized equivalent examination" means a standardized test which measures knowledge in a specific content area that is nationally recognized as having at a minimum the same rigor and reliability as a Praxis II examination.

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

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

10 DE Reg. 995 (12/01/06)

12 DE Reg. 341 (09/01/08)

3.0 Standard Certificate

3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 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; and,

3.1.3 Has satisfied the additional requirements in this regulation.

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

10 DE Reg. 995 (12/01/06)

12 DE Reg. 341 (09/01/08)

4.0 Additional Requirements

An educator must also have met the following:

4.1 Demonstrated oral and written proficiency in English by having completed the following:

4.1.1 Achieved a passing score on an oral proficiency examination in English; and

4.1.2 Achieved a passing score on a written proficiency examination in English; and

4.1.3 The written proficiency and oral proficiency examinations required may be a Praxis II examination if applicable and available or as specified in section 4.2.

4.2 If an examination of content knowledge such as Praxis II is not applicable and available for the Standard Certificate requested, an educator must also meet the following:

4.2.1 Where no PRAXIS II examination is applicable and available, nationally recognized equivalent examinations may be substituted. The applicant shall achieve a passing score on the examination as established by the Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with the concurrence of the State Board.

4.2.2 For the purposes of this regulation, the following test shall be accepted as a nationally recognized equivalent examination: the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview and the ACTFL Writing proficient test.

4.2.2.1 For purposes of this regulation the following shall be considered a passing score:

4.2.2.1.1 For tests of English, candidates are required to achieve as a minimum score an Advanced Low level of the oral skills and an Advanced Low level on the writing skills based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

4.3 If the educator is applying for their first Standard certificate pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate 3.1.5.1 the required 15 credits or their equivalent in professional development required in 14 DE Admin. Code 3.1.5.1 that must be satisfactory completed for this standard certificate must at a minimum include the following areas;

4.3.1 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits);

4.3.2 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits);

4.3.3 Teaching Literacy for English Language Learners (3 credits);

4.3.4 Second Language Testing (3 credits);

4.3.5 Structure of the English Language (3 credits).

4.4 If the educator is applying for their second standard Certificate pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1505 Standard Certificate 3.1.5, the satisfactory completion of fifteen (15) credits or their equivalent in professional development in the areas of;

4.4.1 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits);

4.4.2 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits);

4.4.3 Teaching Literacy for English Language Learners (3 credits);

4.4.4 Second Language Testing (3 credits);

4.4.5 Structure of the English Language (3 credits).

5 DE Reg. 1904 (04/01/02)

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

10 DE Reg. 995 (12/01/06)

Renumbered effective 6/1/07 - see Conversion Table

12 DE Reg. 341 (09/01/08)