• Out-of-State Applicant 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.

    • Standard Certificate: Delaware defines "Standard Certificate" as a credential issued to certify that an educator has the prescribed knowledge, skill or education to practice in a particular area to teach a particular subject, or to teach a category of students.  Find your certification area by reviewing Delaware's list of Standard Certificates. The Professional Standards Board promulgates the regulations governing certification.
    • Emergency Certificate: Delaware defines “Emergency Certificate” as a temporary credential issued to an educator who has obtained employment or an offer of employment with an employing authority and holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License, but lacks the necessary skills and knowledge to immediately meet certification requirements in a specific content area.

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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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  • Reciprocity Definition

    Delaware Department of Education considers educators who hold a full and current license/certificate in another jurisdiction (any U.S. state, including District of Colombia, Guam, or Puerto Rico) for licensure by reciprocity.

    Upon review of the documentation, DDOE will determine if:

    • The applicant meets the requirements for an Initial License or Continuing License,
    • The applicant will be required to complete an approved performance assessment, and
    • Delaware offers a comparable certification area to the applicant’s out-of-state credentials.


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  • Reciprocity in Special Education

    Delaware requires educators who want to have a Standard Certificate in Special Education are also required to hold a Standard Certificate for a teaching “content” area. When an educator provides out of state Special Education credentials without the educator holding an out of state teaching license/certificate in a content area, Delaware Licensure & Certification cannot consider that as being reciprocal until a content area is earned per Delaware law and regulations.

    Delaware also does not allow an educator to have an Emergency Certificate in Math, English, Science, Social Studies, or Elementary as a first issued certificate.

    Educators who provide an out of state Special Education credential, but have not provided a valid out of state teaching content area certification are considered not reciprocal until such time as qualifications for the content area are fulfilled.

    If a Delaware district or charter school would like to hire an educator in this situation, they may choose to request a Secretary of Education Review. Delaware law and regulations allow you to be issued an Initial License with an Emergency Certificate for a content area (which must be your teaching content area upon hire) and an Emergency Certificate for Special Education until you pass the required Praxis II exam and/or coursework towards certification in the content area.

    Once you pass the required Praxis II exam and/or coursework towards certification, you must send the scores electronically to DEEDS and/or provide an official transcript of any coursework that may have been required. Upon receipt of those documents, you will then be issued a Standard Certificate for both the content area and Special Education. You may not need to fulfill any requirements for Special Education, because at the point that you are able to be certified in a content area, your out of state certification in Special Education become “reciprocal.”

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  • Holders of Credentials in Another Jurisdiction (Non-Delaware Credentials)

    Educators who hold a full and current license/certificate in another jurisdiction (any U.S. state, including District of Colombia, Guam, or Puerto Rico) may receive a comparable Delaware license/certificate in accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210 (d) and 14 Del.C. §1211 (c). This is also referred to as “Reciprocity”.

    Continuing License by Reciprocity Applicant

    To be considered for a Continuing License by Reciprocity, meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a current and valid, out-of-state license/certificate.
      • Delaware does not accept the following credentials as reciprocal:
        • Certificates of Eligibility
        • Intern Certificates
        • Conditional Certification
        • Substitute Teacher License
        • Private School License
        • Endorsements
      • If your credential is valid beyond the expiration date listed on your Certificate, you must have the issuing State Department of Education submit a letter verifying your credential is still current and valid.
    • Have completed a minimum of four years of successful teaching experience, done under the current and valid out-of-state license/certificate.

    Initial License by Reciprocity Applicant

    To be considered for an Initial License by Reciprocity, meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a current and valid, out-of-state license/certificate.
      • Delaware does not accept the following credentials as reciprocal:
        • Certificates of Eligibility
        • Intern Certificates
        • Conditional Certification
        • Substitute Teacher License
        • Private School License
        • Endorsements
      • If your credential is valid beyond the expiration date listed on your Certificate, you must have the issuing State Department of Education submit a letter verifying your credential is still current and valid.
    • Have completed a minimum of one year of successful teaching experience, done under the current and valid out-of-state license/certificate.

    Applicants who have been issued an Initial License and have not demonstrated at least one year of successful teaching experience will be required to complete an approved performance assessment within two years of the date of hire at a Delaware public or charter school.

    If the Out-of-State credential is not accepted under reciprocity, the educator will need to meet all the requirements for a new Delaware educator

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  • Out-of-State 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).
      • Send official (unopened) transcripts for all degrees and coursework directly to the Delaware Department of Education.
      • DOE can only accept transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and universities as detailed in Higher Education.
    • Student Teaching on an official transcript.
    • Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable. Expired licenses are not reciprocal.
      • An educator with less than four years of licensed teaching experience needs to apply for an Initial License
    • Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - if you have held a full-time (non-substitute) K-12 teaching position in a school other than a Delaware public or charter school.
      • Form E must be completed by the school or the personnel office of the school or district where the experience was obtained and the section listing verification of successful evaluations must be completed and checked-off.
    • Test scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request.
      • For certificates requiring Praxis II, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis tests. Please use Delaware Department of Education's Reporting Code of R7065.
      • For certificates requiring American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Language Testing International administers the ACTFL tests.
      • For submitting passing scores for the Performance Assessment, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the PPAT; and Pearson administers the edTPA.
        • An approved Performance Assessment will need to be passed within two years upon employment in a Delaware public or charter school. If and educator has more than one year but less than four years of valid licensed teaching experience, the educator will need to apply for an Initial License and will not be required to pass a Performance Assessment. Proof of the valid teaching experience will be required by completing Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience).  Only educators with less than one year of valid teaching experience will need to complete the Performance Assessment.
        • The following certification areas are exempt and are not required to pass a Performance Assessment: Elementary School Counselor, Secondary School Counselor, Driver Education and Traffic Safety Education Teacher, School Nurse, School Psychologist and School Social Worker.

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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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