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University Council on Teacher Education


UCTE Policies



  • All candidates are required to complete the fingerprint version of the federal and state background check. This background check is valid for one year. The Office of Clinical Studies (OCS) must have a valid Criminal Background Check (CBC) on file for each candidate who is registered for a course with a field placement by the first day of classes. (It may take up to six weeks for OCS to receive the CBC results.) Failure to have a valid CBC on file in OCS by the first day of classes will mean that such candidates will be required to drop all courses with field placements for that semester. (Effective November 6, 2013)
  • External and internal transfer students and students in the Associate in Arts program who were admitted to a University teacher preparation program within 30 days of the first day of the semester must have their Criminal Background Check (CBC) cleared by the Office of Clinical Studies by the last day of the Add/Drop period. Teacher candidates cannot participate in a field experience until their CBC is cleared by the Office of Clinical Studies; they are responsible for making up missed time in the field. A transfer student’s program coordinator must inform the Assistant Director of the Office of Clinical Studies prior to the first day of the semester about the transfer student using the extended CBC deadline in order for this option to apply. (Effective February 8, 2016)
  • Candidates must have a Child Protection Registry Clearance from the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) Office of Child Care Licensing, Criminal History Unit on file in the Office of Clinical Studies before the first day of their field placement. (Effective September 12, 2016)

Conduct and Professionalism

Field Experience

  • Safety Policies
  • The Teacher Education badge for the field placements consists of a plastic badge holder which contains a printed insert issued by The Office of Clinical Studies (OCS) and the Student ID Card. The printed insert will have the words “Teacher Candidate” at the top, an education-related logo in multiple colors, and an expiration date specific to that particular candidates’s area of study. The insert will be printed on either yellow or light blue paper depending on the year issued. Candidates will be responsible for purchasing the plastic badge holder and lanyard from the bookstore. Either the Associate Director or the Assistant Director of OCS will come to a scheduled class and distribute the inserts. (Effective February, 2007)


  • All candidates in a teacher education program must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading, writing, and mathematics upon completion of 60 credit hours and/or prior to admission to upper-level education courses. (Effective June 1, 2014)
  • Candidates who earn ACT, SAT, or GRE verbal and/or mathematics scores at or above levels established by the state of Delaware are exempt from taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading and/or mathematics, respectively. All candidates must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in writing. (Effective June 1, 2014)
  • Candidates must earn a passing score on the content area test (e.g., Praxis Subject Assessment, formerly known as Praxis II) in their discipline required by the State of Delaware to receive the institutional recommendation for certification (effective September 2014). Candidates must pass this content area test within one year of their graduation date to receive the institutional recommendation for certification (effective December 8, 2014).
  • Candidates must earn a passing score on a performance assessment required by the State of Delaware to receive institutional recommendation for certification. This assessment must be scored by certified reviewers who are not employees of the University of Delaware. Candidates must earn the passing score within one year of their graduation date to receive institutional recommendation. (Effective July 1, 2016)

Student Teaching

  • Repeating a Student Teaching Experience
  • Substituting and Employment of Student Teachers
  • Governing a Request to Teach Outside of the University’s Supervision
  • All student teaching supervisors must be certified in the discipline(s) they supervise. (Effective Fall 2014)
  • All program coordinators must provide evidence that any student teaching supervisor whose certificate was issued more than seven yeas ago knows the discipline’s current content and instructional strategies.  Program coordinators must provide a description of what they have done to ensure that each supervisor is knowledgeable of current content and instructional strategies. (Effective Fall 2014)
  • University student teaching supervisors and cooperating teachers will participate in mentor training. (Effective January 1, 2015)

Upper Level Clearance

  • Upon completion of 60 credit hours, a minimum overall GPA and major GPA set by each program’s faculty, and passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, each candidate will be cleared for continued enrollment in upper-level education courses. (Approved April 23, 2014)

State of Delaware Policies

Delaware Center for Teacher Education   •   Newark, DE 19716   •   USA
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