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Delaware Teaching Certification Requirements

Learn about the education and testing requirements to earn a teacher certification in Delaware and the requirements to renew the same. Also, explore the mean salary and job growth for Delaware teachers.

Overview of Delaware Teacher Certification

The Delaware Department of Education mandates teacher certification or licensure for those who want to teach in the public and charter schools in Delaware. If you are someone new to teaching or have less than one year of experience in the teaching field, you have to apply for initial licensure and a standard certificate simultaneously. Certain educational and testing requirements have to be met to be eligible for this certification. After four years of experience in licensed teaching, you can then apply for a continuing license.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree, Teacher preparation program
Exam Requirements edTPA or PPAT
Praxis II or ACTFL
Certification Renewal Period Initial license: 4 years, Continuing license: 5 years
CEU Credits Required for Renewal 90
Average Salary (2019) $61,040 (Kindergarten), $63,970 (Elementary), $64,800 (Middle School), $66,920 (Secondary)*
Estimated Job Growth (2019-29) 4% (All teacher levels)*

Source: *The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Educational Requirements for Initial Licensure

A bachelor's degree is mandatory to be eligible for initial licensure. Also, the candidate has to complete a teacher preparation program approved by the state. The teacher preparation program can either be a traditional program or one that follows an alternative route. The traditional teacher preparation programs are pursued and completed along with a bachelor's or master's degree. The alternative teacher programs can be completed after originally completing a bachelor's degree program in a different field.

Test Requirements for Initial Licensure

The exam requirements for initial licensure include a content readiness test and a performance assessment approved by the Delaware Education Board. For the performance assessment, candidates can take either the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) administered by Pearson or the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The edTPA consists of three rubrics of 13, 15, and 18 points each; the qualifying score for each rubric is 33, 38, and 46, respectively. The qualifying score for the PPAT is 38.

Requirements for the Standard Certificate

The standard certificate is issued for the subject area(s) which the candidate wants to teach. An individual is allowed to hold standard certificates in more than one area, but should meet the requirements for each subsequent certificate. There are many options to be eligible for the standard certificate; the typical requirements for initial licensure (i.e. bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program) are also among these options. Candidates, however, are also required to complete 15 credits of professional development in their endorsement area; among these, 6 credits should be concentrated on pedagogy. Candidates also have to take the subject assessment test, Praxis II, or the ACTFL test for foreign languages.

Requirements for Licensure Renewal

Initial licensure lasts four years, and the license is not renewable. After this time, candidates can earn continuing licensure provided they meet some conditions like mentoring and professional development set by the department of education. The continuing license is renewable every five years. To be eligible for renewal, candidates have to complete 90 clock hours of professional development.