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Delaware Alternative Teacher Certification

If you want to apply for an educator's license right after your bachelor's degree but do not have prior teaching experience, then alternative teacher preparation programs are the right choice. Learn more about the these certification options offered in Delaware.

Delaware Alternative Teacher Certification: An Overview

The alternative teacher certification routes allow you to teach full-time while still completing your coursework. The Department of Education in Delaware offers five options for alternative teacher certification. These are The Alternative Routes to Certification program, the Masters plus Certification program, the Master of Arts in Teaching program, Teach for America program, and the Ninety-one Days in Lieu of Student Teaching program. Along with completing any of these programs, you also have to pass a performance assessment test like edTPA or PPAT and the Praxis II test to become eligible for the certification.

Education Required Bachelor's degree, Any of the five alternative teacher preparation programs
Exams Required Performance assessment test
Praxis II (or ACTFL for language teaching)
License Validity Period 4 years
Requirements for Renewal Must have completed a Comprehensive Induction Program, Must have completed a qualified performance assessment test within two years from the date of issuance of the initial license.
Mean Salary (2018)* $60,140 (Kindergarten), $63,040 (Elementary), $63,380 (Middle school), $65,040 (Secondary)
Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028, nationwide)* 3% (Kindergarten and Elementary), 3% (Middle school), 4% (High school)

Source: * U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.)

An Overview of the Delaware Alternative Certification Programs

  • The Alternative Routes to Certification program (ARTC): In this program, you will be hired in a public or charter school facing a shortage of certified teachers. You can then sign up for the ARTC program while teaching and complete your certification coursework requirements.
  • The Masters Plus Certification Program: This program is entirely focused on special education and is for those who are working as paraeducators in Delaware without a degree in education.
  • The Teach for America Program (TFA): Under the Teach for America program, you will commit to teach in under-developed public schools in Delaware for a period of two years.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T): The Relay Graduate School of Education offers the one-year M.A.T. program; you will earn the alternate route certification after the completion of this program.
  • Ninety-one Days in Lieu of Student Teaching: In this program, you work as a substitute teacher in a public or charter school for one year instead of completing a teacher preparation program. Keep in mind that this certificate option is not available for elementary teachers, and this certificate is issued only under strict conditions and upon the request of the employing school.

Exam Requirements for Delaware Alternative Teacher Certification

One of the exam requirements for teacher certification is a performance assessment test approved by Delaware, namely the edPTA or the Praxis Performance Assessment Test (PPAT). You can also attend a performance assessment test approved by another state, but in this case, you have to contact the state's education department and arrange to send the scores to Delaware. The next exam you have to attend is the Praxis II test in the subject area where you want to be endorsed. If you are seeking certification in the areas of world language teaching, bilingual teaching, or English language teaching, you can take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Test instead of the PPAT. You have to get passing scores in all these assessments to be eligible for certification.

Renewal of the Delaware Teacher Certificate

The Delaware teacher licensure is valid for four years, after which you have to renew it. Renewal of the initial licensure will shift the license's status to a continuing license. To renew the license, you must have completed a Comprehensive Induction Program approved by Delaware. You must have also qualified a performance assessment test like edTPA or PPAT within two years from the date of issuance of the initial license.