• 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 IMS 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. To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of a Master’s Degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in educational leadership offered by an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or state approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards; or
        • A Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and the successful completion of one of the following as defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education:
          • A School Principal Course of Study
          • A School Principal Certification Program.
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - 5 years of certified teaching experience.


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  • Certified Central Office Personnel Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent. To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of a Master’s Degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in educational leadership offered by an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or state approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards
        • A Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and one of the following:
          • The successful completion of a Certified Central Office Personnel Certification Program as defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education
          • Holding a standard certificate for School Principal and successful completion of an additional nine (9) graduate level credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university in educational leadership or the equivalent in professional development approved by the Department. 
    • Student Teaching on an official transcript - must successfully complete a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - 5 years of certified teaching experience.


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  • Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent. To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of a Master’s Degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • A Doctoral degree in educational leadership from a regionally accredited college or university offered by an NCATE specialty organization recognized educator preparation program or state approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate NASDTEC or NCATE specialty organization standards.
        • A Masters or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and one of the following:
          • Successful completion of an approved Superintendent Program per 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education.
          • Hold a Standard Certificate Certified Central Office Personnel or a Standard Certificate Special Education Director and successful completion of an additional nine (9) graduate level credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university in educational leadership or the equivalent in professional development approved by the Department
    • Student Teaching on an official transcript - must successfully complete a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - must meet one of the selections below:
      • A minimum of seven (7) years of education experience consisting of the following:
        • A minimum of five (5) years of teaching experience
        • A minimum of two years of full time leadership experience working in any of the following areas:
          • School Principal or an Assistant School Principal
          • Certified Central Office Personnel Educator
          • Special Education Director
          • Other leadership position.


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  • Special Education Director Documentation Requirements

    The following items must be sent. To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.

    • Official Transcript(s) – Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of a Master’s Degree.
      • Education Requirements - must meet one of the selections below:
        • Complete an NCATE-, CAEP-, or NASDTEC-approved graduate degree in Educational Leadership and 30 graduate credits in Special Education taken either as part of a degree program or in addition to it (or the equivalent in professional development pre-approved by the Department).
        • Complete an NCATE-, CAEP-, or NASDTEC-approved graduate degree in Special Education and successfully complete a Delaware-approved educational leader certification program per 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education.
    • Student Teaching on an official transcript - must successfully complete a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - must meet one of the selections below:
      • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience with exceptional children special education students at the Pre K to 12 public school level or the equivalent as approved by the Department.
      • A minimum of 5 years professional experience under a Delaware Standard Certificate or other Delaware professional license including but not limited to a school psychologist, speech pathologist, or audiologist, working with exceptional children special education students at the Pre K to 12 level or the equivalent as approved by the Department.
      • A minimum of 5 years administrative experience working with exceptional children special education students at the Pre K to 12 level or the equivalent as approved by the Department.
      • Any combination of the types of experiences prescribed above totaling 5 years.


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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, or forwarded unopened to the Department by the candidate.  Applicants submitting test scores should be sure to review the Delaware Test Requirements 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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Last Modified on May 24, 2018