Delaware Legislature Addresses Teacher Licensure Requirements
Rep. Kim Williams, sponsor of HB143 and HB193, Gov. John Carney, and Rob Grey
Rob Grey, Program Manager, and Christine Gorowara, Senior Associate Director, both of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education, were in attendance on September 22, 2017, when Governor John Carney signed House Bill 143 and House Bill 193. The two bills, both sponsored by Representative Kim Williams, provide flexibility in the timeline for fulfilling requirements for beginning teachers, making it easier for Delaware schools to ensure staffing and recruitment of teachers from surrounding states while maintaining high expectations for novice teacher competencies. Special provisions were included so that Delaware-state prepared teachers were not disadvantaged by the new legislation. This legislation is a result of a partnership between schools, legislators, the Delaware Department of Education, and teacher preparation representatives, including University of Delaware faculty and lobbyists.
House Bill 143 reestablishes the three-tiered licensing system; provides two years for the initial licensee to obtain a passing score on an approved performance assessment (edTPA or PPAT); and allows some performance assessments from other jurisdictions to be used to meet Delaware’s performance assessment mandate. It also provides an opportunity for Delaware-prepared candidates to be partially reimbursed for the cost of the test.
The second new law, House Bill 193, revises a training requirement for those seeking to become teachers but who started their careers in fields other than education. House Bill 193 makes it easier for individuals coming into teaching from “alternative routes”- previous careers, rather than straight out of college – to obtain a teaching license.