1594 Special Education Director


Published: 2015

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Title 14 Education

1500 Professional Standards Board



Professional Standards Board (Licensure, Certification and Professional Development)



1594 Special Education Director

1.0 Content

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

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.

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

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:

“Certification Program for Leaders in Education” means a program comprised of education components as defined and approved by the Standards Board and the State Board pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education.

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

3.0 Standard Certificate

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

3.1.1 Holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License; or a 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.

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

4.0 Additional Requirements

An educator must also have met the following additional requirements.

4.1 Education requirements.

4.1.1 An educator shall also have satisfied at least one (1) of the following additional education requirements:

4.1.1.1 A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in educational leadership offered by an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or from a state approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards; and

4.1.1.1.1 Thirty (30) graduate level semester hours from a regionally accredited college or university in Special Education taken either as part of a degree program or in addition to it, or the equivalent in professional development pre-approved by the Department; or

4.1.1.2 A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Special Education offered by an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or from a state approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate NCATE specialty organization standards; and

4.1.1.2.1 The successful completion of any approved Program pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education; or

4.1.1.3 A master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field; and

4.1.1.3.1 The successful completion of an approved Special Education Director Program pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education.

4.2 Experience requirements.

4.2.1 An educator shall also have satisfied at least one (1) of the following additional education requirements:

4.2.1.1 A minimum of five (5) years of teaching experience with exceptional children special education students at the PreK to 12 public school level or the equivalent as approved by the Department; or

4.2.1.2 A minimum of five (5) years professional experience under a Delaware Standard Certificate or other Delaware professional license including but not limited to a school psychologist, speech pathologist, or audiologist, working with exceptional children special education students at the PreK to 12 level or the equivalent as approved by the Department; or

4.2.1.3 A minimum of five (5) years administrative experience working with exceptional children special education students at the PreK to 12 level or the equivalent as approved by the Department;

4.2.1.4] Any combination of the types of experiences prescribed in subsections 4.2.1.1, 4.2.1.2 and 4.2.1.3 which totals a minimum of five (5) years.

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

5.0 Validity

5.1 This regulation shall be effective no less than ten (10) days from the date the Order amending the regulation has been published in its final form in the Delaware Register of Regulations.

5.1.1 Educators currently enrolled in a Special Education Director course of study prior to the effective date of this regulation will have until eighteen (18) months subsequent to the effective date to apply for the previous Special Education Director Standard Certificate. Educators are responsible for providing to the Department evidence of enrollment via submission of appropriate transcripts.

5.2 An Emergency Certificate for Special Education Director is not available.

5.3 The Department shall also recognize a Standard Certificate for Special Education Director issued by the Department prior to the effective date of this regulation.

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

Renumbered effective 6/1/07 - see Conversion Table

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