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Delaware Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Delaware, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • The minimum education requirement to become a teacher in Delaware is an accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • A teacher in Delaware can hold any subject degree but must complete an educator preparation program.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Delaware requires all teachers to have student teaching experience.
  • Applicants have the option to complete a student teaching program or to work a minimum of 91 days as a long-term substitute teacher.

Pass Required Exams

  • To become certified as a teacher in Delaware, applicants must pass a general education Praxis test as well as subject-specific Praxis tests.
  • The exact requirements depend on the planned subject and grade level of certification.

Apply for Certification

  • New applicants in Delaware must apply for an initial license and certification simultaneously.
  • Applicants can apply online or send all required documents to the Delaware Department of Education.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Non-Traditional Paths for Delaware Teacher Certification

An Emergency Certificate is a temporary credential issued to an educator 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 the necessary skills and knowledge to immediately meet certification requirements in a specific content area. This temporary credential provides the educator with a limited time to meet the requirements for certification in the specific content area. The educator must be employed by a Delaware public/charter school and the emergency must be requested by the employer.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Delaware Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Delaware?

Educators in Delaware need a teaching license and certification. The license allows an educator to teach. The certification specifies the grade levels and subject area.The initial teaching license is valid for four years. Teachers must complete an approved mentoring program during those years before applying for the continuing teaching license. Teachers renewing the continuing teaching license in Delaware must provide 90 hours of professional development documentation. The educator’s work with students or staff should account for 45 of the 90 hours

Best Education Schools in Delaware

  • University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University
  • Goldey-Beacom College
  • Wilmington University

Delaware Teacher Salary Information

As of Feb 16, 2024, the average annual pay for a School Teacher in Delaware is $52,414 a year.

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