• Administrator Certification

  • Applying for Delaware licensure and certification is a two-step process, in that you must hold both a License and at least one Certificate.  The License authorizes you to work in a Delaware public/charter school, and the Certificate(s) identifies the area(s) in which you are authorized to teach.

    License Overview

    Delaware defines "License" as a credential which authorizes the holder to engage in the practice for which the license is issued.  A Delaware educator holds only one license; however, the license type depends on experience as outlined below.

    • Initial License: If you are a brand new educator or have less than one year of licensed teaching experience, you will need to apply for an Initial License and then pass an approved Performance Assessment.  If you have more than one year but less than four years of licensed teaching experience, you should also apply for an Initial License and will not be required to pass a Performance Assessment. The following certification areas are not required to pass a Performance Assessment: Elementary School Counselor, Secondary School Counselor, Drivers Education Teacher, School Nurse, School Psychologist and School Social Worker.
    • Continuing License: If you have over four years of licensed teaching experience, you should apply for a Continuing License.
    • Advanced License: If you have received National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, you should apply for an Advanced License.

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  • Certificate Overview

    A Delaware educator can hold multiple certificates to certify their education in a specific area of expertise. The certificate types are detailed below.

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  • Registering for an Educator Account in DEEDS

    The Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS) is a database system which stores your personal educator data. The system communicates with PHRST, the State of Delaware’s Payroll system. This database stores your personal information, email, transcripts, employment information, graduate salary increments, and any other relevant data that is uploaded by the Delaware Department of Education or your employing entity. DEEDS can be accessed by your District or School’s HR Department; however, they can only access certain data. Only the Delaware Department of Education can access all the information in your DEEDS account.

    To apply for a new license, certificate or permit, you must have an account in the Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS).

    • If you already registered in DEEDS, you may skip this step. 
    • If you are not registered in DEEDS, you must first register and apply via the DEEDS Registration Page to create a profile record (i.e., name, contact information, education information, student teaching, work experience, etc.).

    You may stop at this point and you will only have created your account in DEEDS. You have not yet applied for a teaching license and certificate. When you continue, there will be a $100 application fee which is reimbursable upon employment in a Delaware public school.

    Note the following:

    • You must continue, following the DEEDS Application Process Steps to apply for a Delaware Teaching License and Certificate.
    • If you intend to apply for a Delaware Teaching License and Certificate, you must request to have all required documentation of official transcripts, certificates, work experience, and test scores sent to the appropriate location.
      • Employed applicants should have their documents forwarded to their district office or charter school HR staff.  Documents submitted by districts and charters must have met the standard of official documents when first received at the district- or school-level and will be shared with the Delaware Department of Education.
      • Non-Employed applicants should have their documents forwarded to the Department’s Licensure and Certification office:

    Delaware Department of Education
    Licensure & Certification
    Collette Education Resource Center
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19904
    Email: deeds@doe.k12.de.us

    • Your License and Certificate(s) cannot be processed until ALL documentation listed on your application are officially received.  You can monitor this by visiting the DEEDS website and signing into your DEEDS account. Your email address must be kept current at all times.

    Given the volume of applications and documents received, it is your responsibility to timely provide the required documentation and monitor your application in DEEDS.

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  • DEEDS Application Process Steps

    1. Log in to your DEEDS account.
      • If you are a new applicant and do not have an account, create a profile in DEEDS via the DEEDS registration page.
      • If you are employed in the Delaware public school system, login via the EdAccess login page.
      • If you are not employed in the Delaware public school system, login via the DEEDS login page.
        • If you have forgotten your username, use the "Forgot UserName" link.
        • If you have forgotten your password, use the "Forgot Password" link.
    2. Apply for the appropriate License and Certificate(s) for the content area you want to teach.
    3. Have a credit card (not a debit card) at hand. There will be a one-time $100 application fee, which is reimbursable upon employment in a Delaware public or charter school.
    4. Request to send all official documentation:
      • All official transcripts.
      • Test Scores.
      • Proof of student teaching, if not on your transcript.
      • Scores on Performance Assessments (ETS, Pearson, ACTFL).
        • If you are applying with credentials from out-of-state or out-of-country, there may be additional requirements.
        • To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.
    5. Upon receipt of all documentation, DDOE Staff will review the application and documentation.
    6. DDOE staff will update your application status.  You will receive an email indicating:
      • If you met certification requirements; or
      • If you did not meet certification requirements you will be notified of the documents that are still needed.
    7. You may apply for employment while your License and Certificate(s) are pending. Districts and charter schools will have access to your application information via DEEDS.


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  • Principal or Assistant Principal Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent directly to the Department for your application to be reviewed. Please follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of a master's degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A master’s or doctoral degree in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership from a regionally accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by NCATE/CAEP; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and satisfactory completion of an alternative route to licensure or certification program for school principals as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area and satisfactory completion of a Department-approved educator preparation program for school principals as provided in 14 DE Admin. Code 290 Approval of Education Preparation Programs.
      • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
      • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) – a minimum of five (5) years of certified experience as an educator with satisfactory annual evaluations in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or equivalent setting as approved by the Department.
      • Test Scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request.
        • This certificate area requires one of the following Praxis II Tests:
          • Passing score of 160 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code #6011); or
          • Passing score of 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6021); or
          • Passing score of 151 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code #6990); or
          • Passing score of 162 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6991)
        • For certificates requiring Praxis II, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis test. Please use Reporting Code 7065.

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  • Certified Central Office Personnel Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent directly to the Department for your application to be reviewed. Please follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of a master's degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A master’s or doctoral degree in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership from a regionally accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by NCATE/CAEP; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and satisfactory completion of an alternative route to licensure or certification program for central office personnel as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area and satisfactory completion of a Department-approved educator preparation program for central office personnel as provided in 14 Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area; hold a School Principal and Assistant Principal Standard Certificate (14 DE Admin. Code 1591) that was issued by the Department; and satisfactory completion of an additional nine (9) graduate-level credit hours in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent professional development approved by the Department. The additional nine (9) graduate-level credit hours must be completed after the conferral of the master’s or doctoral degree.
      • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
      • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) – a minimum of five (5) years of certified experience as an educator with satisfactory annual evaluations in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or equivalent setting as approved by the Department.
      • Test Scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request.
        • This certificate area requires one of the following Praxis II Tests:
          • Passing score of 146 on the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Assessment (ETS Test Code #5412); or
          • Passing score of 160 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code #6011); or
          • Passing score of 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6021); or
          • Passing score of 151 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code #6990); or
          • Passing score of 162 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6991)
        • For certificates requiring Praxis II, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis test. Please use Reporting Code 7065.

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  • Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent directly to the Department for your application to be reviewed. Please follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of a master’s degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A doctoral degree in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership from a regionally accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by NCATE/CAEP; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and satisfactory completion of an alternative route to licensure or certification program for superintendents as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area and satisfactory completion of a Department-approved educator preparation program for superintendents as provided in 14 Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area; hold a Certified Central Office Personnel Standard Certificate (14 DE Admin. Code 1592) or Special Education Director Standard Certificate (14 DE Admin. Code 1594) that was issued by the Department; and satisfactory completion of an additional nine (9) graduate-level credit hours in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent professional development approved by the Department. The additional nine (9) graduate-level credit hours must be completed after the issuance of the Certified Central Office Personnel Standard Certificate (14 DE Admin. Code 1592) or Special Education Director Standard Certificate (14 DE Admin. Code 1594).
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) – a minimum of seven (7) years of certified experience as an educator, as follows:
      • A minimum of five (5) years of certified experience as an educator with satisfactory annual evaluations in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or equivalent setting as approved by the Department; and
      • A minimum of two (2) years of certified experience in one of the following full-time leadership experiences with satisfactory annual evaluations in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or equivalent setting as approved by the Department:
        • Working as a school principal or assistant school principal; or
        • Working as a certified central office administrator; or
        • Working as a special education director; or
        • Working in another administrative instructional leadership position; or
        • Any combination of the leadership experience requirements listed above.
    • Test Scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request.
      • This certificate area requires one of the following Praxis II Tests:
        • Passing score of 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6021); or
        • Passing score of 162 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6991)
      • For certificates requiring Praxis II, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis test. Please use Reporting Code 7065.


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  • Special Education Director Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent directly to the Department for your application to be reviewed. Please follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of a master's degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A master’s or doctoral degree in special education leadership from a regionally accredited college or university with advanced preparation accreditation by NCATE/CAEP; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in special education and satisfactory completion of an alternative route to licensure or certification program for leaders as provided in 14 Del.C. §§1260 – 1266; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any content area and satisfactory completion of a Department-approved educator preparation program for special education directors as provided in 14 Admin. Code 290 Approval of Educator Preparation Programs; or
        • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Pre-K to 12 educational leadership and satisfactory completion of an additional thirty (30) graduate-level credit hours in special education from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent professional development approved by the Department.
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) – a minimum of five (5) years of one of the following experience requirements in any Pre-K to 12 public school setting or an equivalent setting as approved by the Department:
      • Teaching special education students under a state credential with satisfactory annual summative evaluations; or
      • Working with special education students as a school psychologist, speech pathologist, or audiologist under a Delaware Standard Certificate or a Delaware professional license; or
      • Working with special education students as an educational diagnostician or special education coordinator; or
      • Providing pupil personnel services to special education students under a Delaware professional license; or
      • Supervising staff who teach special education students with satisfactory annual summative evaluations; or
      • Any combination of the experience requirements listed above.
    • Test Scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request.
      • This certificate area requires one of the following Praxis II Tests:
        • Passing score of 146 on the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Assessment (ETS Test Code #5412); or
        • Passing score of 160 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code #6011); or
        • Passing score of 160 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6021); or
        • Passing score of 151 on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS Test Code #6990); or
        • Passing score of 162 on the School Superintendent Assessment (ETS Test Code #6991)
      • For certificates requiring Praxis II, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis test. Please use Reporting Code 7065.


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  • Documentation Guidelines for Submission

    All documents, with the exception of copies of out-of-state and/or national certificates (if applicable), must be official, meaning that they must be sent directly from the appropriate third party (e.g., the college/university, testing organization, former employer, independent credentialing agency) to the Department electronically to deeds@doe.k12.de.us, or forwarded unopened, by mail to the Department by the candidate.  Applicants submitting test scores should be sure to review the Testing Guidelines for test-specific submission procedures.

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  • Delaware Department of Education
    Licensure & Certification
    Collette Education Resource Center
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19904

    Feel free to contact us:
    M-F 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
    302-857-3388
    deeds@doe.k12.de.us

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