The United States Department of Education defines a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) as a subject matter or grade level within a state in which there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary teachers. The shortage may be caused by teaching positions that are unfilled or are filled by teachers who have temporary certification or teach in in academic subject other than their area of preparation. According to a report by the USDE Office of Postsecondary Education, Delaware has the following Teacher Shortage Areas:
Guidance and Counseling
Gifted and Talented
Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Delaware
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To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Delaware, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Step Four: Submit a Delaware teaching credential application.
Continue below for more information.
Earn Your Delaware Teaching Credential
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 after 3 years of successful teaching experience (renewable every 5 years), and an Advanced License (renewable every 10 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.
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 include 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.
Step Two: Delaware Teacher Certification Programs
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.
Step Three: Required Tests for Delaware
Delaware requires a passing score on the Praxis I Math, Reading and Writing exams and the Praxis II: Subject Test in your subject area to earn a Standard Certificate. Read more about teacher certification tests.
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Alternative 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 teaching in schools with a shortage of certified teachers. Delaware also has the Delaware Transition to Teaching Partnership (DT3P) for career changers or college graduates with non-education majors who are willing to teach in a high-needs area while working on their certification.
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 master's degree in the field of education can give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.
After a Master’s program, you may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. Even with no extra experience, a Master’s degree is valued to be worth at least an additional $3,500 per year over a Bachelor’s, according the job website Join Delaware Schools.
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 Teach.comreciprocity page.
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher in Delaware makes $59,679 per year. 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.
Teachers become vested in the state retirement system after at least 5 years of service. Although Delaware does not have a teacher retirement system, there is 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.
The mission of Delaware’s Professional Development Program is to promote excellence in both the educators and the students. Every 5 years, a teacher in Delaware must complete 90 hours of Professional Development credits, as well as whatever requirements the school district requires. Teachers holding an Initial license must undergo at least one year of mentoring. Learn more about Delaware’s professional development opportunities on the Delaware Department Education website.