1506 Emergency Certificate
“Certified” means holding a certificate in a specific content area at designated grade levels
“Emergency Certificate” means a temporary credential issued to an individual who has obtained employment or an offer of employment with an employing authority and holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License, but lacks necessary skills and knowledge to immediately meet certification requirements in a specific content area. The temporary credential provides the individual with a limited time to meet the requirements for certification in the specific content area.
Hello, “lacks necessary skills and knowledge to immediately meet certification requirements in a specific content area.” So they learn via OJT with mentoring from other certified teachers. Folks these inexperienced teachers spend most of the day alone with your children. What this means is, a PE teacher can become a math teacher without skills and knowledge in math. Or a math teacher teaching reading! This practice should not be allowed! Teachers need to teach in their content area where they hold a certificate.
We talk about raising the bar on students with Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment but yet put them in classroom with inexperienced teachers?
Relax Mr. Matthews, I am not bashing teachers or teacher unions. They have enough problems with core labor leadership deficiencies. My point is, children fall behind or no get a head when we put teachers in positions they are not qualified to teach. Are parents advised their child’s teacher is not certified in content area? NO.
I hope Delaware PTA leadership keeps moving into the sunlight and continue the shift away from rolling in bed with the likes of Jack Markell. Parents need to know these “little things”. Delaware PTA needs to continue educating parents on ways to improve meaningful engagement for the betterment of education for their children and for the betterment of parental ownership of public education. The pouring of political agenda Kool-Aid needs to stop.