Become a Teacher in Delaware


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            Earn Your Delaware Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To attain a Delaware teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Delaware issues an Initial license (valid for 3 years), a Continuing license (renewable every five years) after 3 years of successful teaching experience,  and an Advanced license (renewable every ten years) for teachers who have received  National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Delaware also issues Standard Certificates to teach a particular category, level or subject area. Click here to learn more about earning your teaching credential in Delaware. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Delaware

            All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree  and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification.  Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements. Teacher education programs generally consist of two elements—curricula and fieldwork. Curricula generally includes instruction on teaching fundamental skills, pedagogy (the science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork often includes field observations, internships, student teaching or a combination of all three. Check with your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information about specific requirements. Delaware does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information. Delaware does require a minimum of 91 days of student teaching at one assignment. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Delaware

            Delaware requires a passing score on the Praxis I Math, Reading and Writing exams or another approved test of general knowledge. The Praxis II: Subject Test is required to prove subject area competence in order to earn a Standard Certificate. Read more about teacher certification tests. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Return to the top

            Delaware Teacher Certification

            Teacher certification programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. Return to the top

            Alternate Teacher Certification in Delaware

            The Delaware Department of Education sponsors the Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC)    program which allows teachers to complete their teaching certification while working as employees of the school district. Delaware also has a Teaching Fellows program for career changers or college graduates with non-education majors who are willing to teach in a high-needs area. See the full range of alternative certification opportunities in Delaware here. Mid-Atlantic Region Troops to Teachers program Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Delaware

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Delaware, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Delaware Department of Education.   Return to the top

            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Delaware

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Masters in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Masters program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. Even with no extra experience, a Masters degree is worth at least an additional $3,500 per year over a Bachelors. With 10 years of experience, a Masters can provide at least $4,600in additional salary.   Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Delaware residents are eligible for the  Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school. Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Delaware Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Delaware makes $55,090 per year, which is 128% of the state average income. Delaware is one of the highest paying states to teach in, although it does not provide any additional pay for teaching high-demand districts or school subject. Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Delaware Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Teachers become vested in the state retirement system after at least five years of service. [S1] Although Delaware does not have a specific teacher retirement system, they  have a retirement system for all public employees. Delaware’s Pension Plan for Public Employees is explained in detail on their web page. School districts elect the remainder of the benefits such as health care plans and vacation days. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Teachers in Delaware

            The mission of Delaware’s Professional Development Program is to promote excellence in both the educators and the students. Every five years, a teacher in Delaware must complete 90 hours of Professional Development credits as well as whatever requirements the specified school district requires. Teachers holding an Initial license must undergo at least one year of mentoring. To learn more, check out Delaware’s Professional Development Standards. Return to the top

            Delaware Teaching Jobs

            TeachDelaware is the website of the Delaware Center for Teaching Careers, an initiative of the Delaware State Department of Education. The site makes it easy for teachers to browse job listings and post their resumes, and also for recruiters to list new opportunities. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Delaware Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Delaware Department of Education Delaware Department of Education – Apply for a Credential Delaware Public Employee Retirement Delaware Professional Development TeachDelaware: Teaching Jobs