Critical Need Reimbursement Program

  • Deadlines:

    The application for coursework taken during spring 2022-2023 opens on May 1, 2023 with a deadline date of 4:30 PM, May 15, 2023. The link to the online application can be found below.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Applicants must be full-time employees of a Delaware district or charter school who teach on a valid Emergency Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education and are taking coursework to enable them to achieve Standard Certification.
    • Applicants must hold an Emergency Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility in a high need area during the time they took the coursework for which they are seeking reimbursement.
    • Recipients must complete course with a 2.0 GPA or higher on 4.0 scale ("C" or higher).
    • Recipients can attend any out-of-state regionally accredited college or university, or Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification programs approved by the Delaware Secretary of Education and authorized to operate in Delaware.
    • Applicants can submit for reimbursement for up to 1 of the following per academic year (summer, fall, winter, spring)
    • 2 noncredit-bearing seminars or workshops required for certification
    • 2 credit bearing courses, up to 6 credits in total 
    • 1 noncredit-bearing seminar or workshop required for certification and up to 1 three-credit course

    Eligible applicants will be reimbursed for a maximum of 2 courses per year (summer, fall, winter, spring)

    Teacher Shortage Areas in 2022-2023:

    Subject Area Certifications
    Bilingual 1561 Bilingual Teacher
    English Language Learner 1562 Teacher of English Learners
    World Languages 1565 World Language Teacher
    Math 1532 Middle Level Mathematics Teacher
    1542 Secondary Mathematics Teacher
    Science 1533 Middle Level Science Teacher
    1543 Secondary Science Teacher
    Special Education (All Areas) 1570 Early Childhood Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher
    1571 Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities
    1573 Teacher of Students with Autism or with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
    1574 Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    1575 Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
    Business Education 1551 Business Education Teacher
    AgriScience Education 1550 AgriScience Teacher
    Family Consumer Science 1554 Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
    School Nurse 1582 School Nurse
    Library Media Specialist 1580 School Library Media Specialist
    English 1531 Middle Level English Language Arts Teacher
    1540 Secondary English Language Arts Teacher
    Immersion (Elementary/World language)

    1521 Elementary Teachers (only if seeking Immersion position with demonstrated language proficiency)

    Technology Education

    1557 Technology Education Teacher

    Reimbursement Procedures:

    DHEO will review the online applications to determine eligibility for the Critical Need Reimbursement program, all applicants will be notified of their award status via email. 

    Reimbursement will be sent directly to the institute of higher education where the educator took eligible coursework after verification of eligibility

    For the 2022-2023 academic year the reimbursement amount will be pro-rated up to a maximum of $1,300 per eligible course

    Application Procedures

    The summer 2022 application will open on September 1, 2022 and close at 4:30 PM on September 15, 2022:

    Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 combined application will open on February 1, 2023 and close at 4:30 PM on February 15, 2023

    Spring 2023 application will open on May 1, 2023 and close at 4:30 PM on May 15, 2023



Last Modified on April 25, 2023