Delaware - School Counseling Staff Qualifications: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State laws recommends minimum certification standards that include advanced coursework and graduate degree requirements for counselors and completion of a practicum or internship.

Delaware Administrative Code 14-1510 Issuance of Initial License. [Revised October 2018]

6.0 Student Teaching Requirements and Alternatives

  • 6.5.2 Elementary School Counselor
    • For an elementary school counselor, the equivalent practical experience for student teaching is a supervised school counseling internship of one (1) full year (700 hour minimum) in an elementary school setting which is part of a graduate degree program in School Counseling or arranged by the Department of Education.
  • 6.5.3 Secondary School Counselor
    • For a secondary school counselor, the equivalent practical experience for student teaching is a supervised school counseling internship or practicum of one (1) full year (700 hour minimum) in a secondary school setting which is part of a graduate degree program in School Counseling or arranged by the Department of Education.

Delaware Administrative Code 14-1522 Elementary School Counselor

Non-regulatory note: Passage on an examination of content knowledge may also be required to obtain this certification. Pursuant to 14 Del.C. § 1220 and 14 DE Admin. Code 1505, an examination of content knowledge is required when applicable and available. An examination of content knowledge is applicable and available when approved by the Professional Standards Board with the concurrence of the State Board of Education. See the Department of Education website for additional information.

1.0  Content

  • 1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Elementary School Counselor. This certification is required for grades K to five (5), and is valid in grades six (6) to eight (8) in a Middle Level school. A Middle Level School Counselor must hold either an Elementary School Counselor Standard Certificate or a Secondary School Counselor Standard Certificate.
  • 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.
  • 2.2 The following word and term, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
  • "CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)" - A nonprofit and nongovernmental agency that accredits educator preparation providers (EPPs), which was created when the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) merged in 2013.

3.0  Standard Certificate

  • 3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as an Elementary School Counselor 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.

4.0  Additional Requirements

  • 4.1 Has satisfied at least one of the following additional education requirements:
    • 4.1.1 Graduated from 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, offered by a regionally accredited college or university, with a Masters degree in Elementary School Counseling;
    • 4.1.2 Graduated from a regionally accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in any content area and satisfactorily completed thirty-nine (39) credits of graduate course work or the equivalent in professional development as approved by the Department...

Delaware Administrative Code 14-1545 Secondary School Counselor

Non-regulatory note: Passage on an examination of content knowledge may also be required to obtain this certification. Pursuant to 14 Del.C. § 1220 and 14 DE Admin. Code 1505, an examination of content knowledge is required when applicable and available. An examination of content knowledge is applicable and available when approved by the Professional Standards Board with the concurrence of the State Board of Education. See the Department of Education website for additional information.

1.0  Content

  • 1.1 This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Standard Certificate, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1220(a), for Secondary School Counselor. This certification is required for grades nine (9) to twelve (12) and is valid in grades six (6) to eight (8) in a Middle Level school. A Middle Level School Counselor must hold either an Elementary School Counselor Standard Certificate or a Secondary School Counselor Standard Certificate.
  • 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.
  • 2.2 The following word and term, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
  • "CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)" - A nonprofit and nongovernmental agency that accredits educator preparation providers (EPPs), which was created when the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) merged in 2013.

3.0  Standard Certificate

  • 3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1220(a), the Department shall issue a Standard Certificate as a Secondary School Counselor 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.

4.0  Additional Requirements

  • 4.1 Has satisfied at least one of the following additional education requirements:
    • 4.1.1 Graduated from 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, offered by a regionally accredited college or university, with a Masters degree in Secondary School Counseling; or
    • 4.1.2 Graduated from a regionally accredited college or university with a Masters degree in any content area and satisfactorily completed 39 credits of graduate course work or the equivalent in professional development as approved by the Department....
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