Licensure & Certification
The Department of Education (DOE) Licensure & Certification office works to support the Department’s mission to empower every learner with the highest quality education through shared leadership, innovative practices and exemplary services. DOE works in conjunction with the Delaware Professional Standards Board to continually improve the quality of instruction for Delaware's children so that they are equipped to work and succeed in an ever-changing and increasingly complex global economy. To do this, the Licensure & Certification office:
- provides excellent customer service to local education agencies and the public, responding to inquiries regarding licensure and certification of educators;
- promulgates rules and regulations proposed by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the State Board.
The Department issues licenses, certificates and permits to eligible educators seeking credentials to be an educator, an administrator, or other professional support service staff.
Educators - This section applies to new and existing educators who are seeking information and guidance on how to become eligible and apply for licensure and certification(s). In addition to guidance, forms and resources are available to support candidates in the application process.HR Directors - This section provides Delaware public/charter school staff with resources and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements, forms, and processing tools such as checklists and policy memos.
The Department's statutory authority is detailed in 14 Del.C. Ch. 12 Educator Licensure, Certification, Evaluation, Professional Development and Preparation Programs.
NOTE: Educators seeking certification to work in a childcare setting, or own/operate a childcare center should refer to Office of Early Learning - Becoming an Educator. The Delaware First Professional Development System For Early Childhood Programs, commonly referred to as Delaware First, supports early childhood educators by certifying them to become employed by an early child care or school-age care center once they meet specific requirements related to age, work experience and education.