• License Renewal

  • Active Initial License Upgrade (Moving to Continuing License)

    The Upgrade of an Initial License may occur upon the expiration of the Initial License, completion of all mentoring requirements, and the completion of yearly summative evaluations in which the educator has not received more than one (1) unsatisfactory annual evaluation, as defined by DPAS II or a state-approved alternative educator evaluation system, during the period of initial licensure. This process is often referred to as moving from an Initial License to a Continuing License.

    In order to be issued a Continuing License, an educator must:

    • Complete the approved Comprehensive Induction Program (referred to as the Mentoring Program), if required. Details about this program should be discussed with your Human Resource Department or reviewed by visiting the Comprehensive Induction Program (CIP) website.
    • Receive no more than one unsatisfactory annual evaluation during the period of the Initial License.

    This completion process is managed through the educator's school district.  Provided that all the above requirements have been met, the educator's Mentoring status will be marked to show that summative evaluations are complete and the Mentoring Program is complete.

    To apply for an Upgrade to a Continuing License, the educator must log into their DEEDS Educator Dashboard and click the "Upgrade My License" button, which will appear in the upper right hand section of the screen under "What Can I Do Today?"  DEEDS will guide the educator through the criminal conviction disclosure process. This button becomes available approximately six months prior to the expiration date of the Initial License.

    At the end of the month that the license expires, DEEDS will automatically issue an email with the new license attached.

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  • Active Continuing License Renewal

    To renew a Continuing License, an educator must:

    • Complete the approved Mentoring Program, if required.
    • Fulfill the 90 clock hour professional development requirement.
      • At least one-half of the required hours (45 hours every 5 years) shall be in activities relating to the educator’s work with students or staff.
      • Clock hours shall comply with requirements detailed in 14 DE Admin. Code 1511 Issuance and Renewal of Continuing License.
      • Completion of requirements, detailed in 14 DE Admin. Code 1511 Issuance and Renewal of Continuing License shall be uploaded by the educator in their DEEDS Educator Dashboard, Clock Hours tab.
        • If the educator is employed by a Delaware public/charter school, the human resources office will be responsible for review, verification, and approval of the clock hours.
        • If the educator is not employed by a Delaware public/charter school, the Department will be responsible for review, verification, and approval of the clock hours.
      • Clock hours must have taken place during the term of the current Continuing License and must be approved prior to the issuance of the renewed Continuing License.

    To apply for Continuing License renewal, the educator must log into their DEEDS Educator Dashboard and click the "Renew My License/Permit" button, which appears in the upper right-hand section of the screen under "What Can I Do Today?"  DEEDS will guide the educator through the criminal conviction disclosure process. This button becomes available approximately six months prior to the expiration date of the Continuing License.

    At the end of the month that the license expires, DEEDS will automatically issue an email with the new license attached.

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  • Active Advanced License Renewal

    To renew an Advanced License an educator must:

    • Complete the National Board’s Renewal Process.
    • Submit a copy of the new National Board Certificate or letter to:
      • The human resources office, if employed by a Delaware public/charter school.
      • The Department, if not employed by a Delaware public/charter school.

    To begin the renewal process for an Advanced License, the educator must log into their DEEDS Educator Dashboard and click the "Renew My License/Permit" button, which will appear in the upper right-hand section of the screen under "What Can I Do Today?"  DEEDS will guide the educator through the criminal conviction disclosure process. This button becomes available approximately six months prior to the expiration date of the Advanced License.

    At the end of the month that the license expires, DEEDS will automatically issue an email with the new license attached.

    Holders of National Board Certification who wish to renew must do so prior to the expiration of their National Board Certification. Educators who fail to renew their National Board Certification will be issued a Continuing License and must meet the requirements of a Continuing License in the interim. Educators who elect not to renew their National Board certification or fail to meet the recertification requirements shall be issued a Continuing License and begin their 90 clock hours.

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  • Expired Continuing License Renewal

    To renew an expired Continuing License an educator must:

    • Have a Continuing License that expired no more than five years before the renewal application.
      • If the Continuing License has been expired for more than five years, the applicant must call the Licensure & Certification Department (302-857-3388) to apply for an Initial License and meet the requirements in effect at the time of application.
    • Fulfill the 90 clock hour professional development requirement:
      • At least one-half of the required hours (45 every 5 years) shall be in activities relating to the educator’s work with students or staff.
      • Clock hours shall have taken place during the five years preceding the renewal application.
    • Comply with requirements detailed in 14 DE Admin. Code 1511 Issuance and Renewal of Continuing License for clock hours entry.
    • Contact DOE when 90 hours are accumulated to begin the renewal application process.
      • Processing will not occur until the complete 90 hours are submitted.
    • Submit completion of requirements detailed in 14 DE Admin. Code 1511 Issuance and Renewal of Continuing License to the Department with the application for renewal, which is submitted via DEEDS.
    • Complete one year of an approved Comprehensive Induction Program (mentoring).

    To begin the renewal process for an expired Continuing License, the educator must log into their DEEDS Educator Dashboard and click the "Renew My License/Permit" button, which will appear in the upper right-hand section of the screen under "What Can I Do Today?"  DEEDS will guide the educator through the criminal conviction disclosure process. 

    At the end of the month that the license expires, DEEDS will automatically issue an email with the new license attached.

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  • Clock Hours Documentation

    • It is the responsibility of the educator to complete the online DEEDS renewal application.
    • It is important to ensure that professional development hours automatically transferred from PDMS are not duplicated with a manual entry. All clock hours not earned through PDMS must be entered manually with verification documentation uploaded to DEEDS.
    • Clock hours for college or university courses shall use the following equivalencies:
      • One semester hour equals 15 clock hours,
      • One quarter hour equals 10 clock hours,
      • One CEU equals 10 clock hours.
    • The educator must input professional development by logging into their DEEDS Educator Dashboard and clicking the "View/Update My File" button in the upper right-hand section of the screen. From the Educator File screen, select the "Clock Hours" data tab to add clock hours. Each activity and associated documentation must be entered separately.

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Last Modified on April 20, 2022