Career & Technical Education Certification
Career and Technical education (CTE) educators must hold both a Delaware teaching license and at least one certificate. The license authorizes an educator to work in a Delaware public or charter school. The certificate identifies the area in which the educator is authorized to practice.
There are two types of certification in the field of CTE education; both certification options are equally acceptable in Delaware schools. For reference, we refer to the certification areas as follows:
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification - Some CTE educators pursue a college educator preparation program (EPP) that leads directly to a license and CTE certification. Generally, candidates that come from an EPP are qualified to teach due to their college credentials and may meet the licensure and certification requirements upon application. CTE certificates are issued in the areas of AgriScience, Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing Education, and Technology Education. CTE Educators may also be able to obtain certification through an Alternative Routes to Certification Program.
Skilled and Technical Science (STS) Certification - Some CTE educators choose to work in a professional or trade field for a number of years before entering the classroom. These individuals may pursue a license and STS certificate. An STS certificate may be issued in the same career area as a CTE certification candidate with related work experience. STS educators, may or may not hold a college degree and are given up to six years to complete the coursework and testing required for full licensure and certification.
This Career & Technical Certification page contains the following sections:
- License Overview
- Certificate Overview
- Registering for an Educator Account in DEEDS
- DEEDS Application Process Steps
- CTE Certification Requirements
- CTE vs STS Hiring Practices
- Career & Technical Education Documentation Requirements
- Document Guidelines for Submission
- Career & Technical Education Resources
- Career & Technical Education Certification Regulations
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.
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.
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.
- Certificate of Eligibility: Delaware defines "Certificate of Eligibility" (COE) as a credential issued to an educator who is participating in a state-approved, appropriate, alternative route to licensure and certification program for teachers of students with disabilities and holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License.
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
- 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.
DEEDS Application Process Steps
- 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.
- Apply for the appropriate License and Certificate(s) for the content area you want to teach.
- 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.
- 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.
- Upon receipt of all documentation, DDOE Staff will review the application and documentation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Log in to your DEEDS account.
CTE Certification Requirements
CTE and STS certificates are issued to educators employed in Delaware public schools with specific CTE pathways approved by the Delaware Department of Education, Career & Technical Education Office. The approved CTE pathway defines experience, education, and certification requirements. CTE and STS certification requirements are specific to approved programs of study and are correlated to an approved program of study code, both of which are available in the "CTE teacher certification guidelines" document found on the CTE Educator Resources page. The certification document also includes a definition of related work experience for each career area and professional licensure or certification requirements. Specific certification(s) for each CTE program of study are provided in column G of the CTE teacher certification requirements document.
CTE vs STS Hiring Practices
The hiring entity is responsible for choosing the appropriate certification under which it will hire and can make this decision based on the certification requirements, the candidate’s qualifications, and the hiring entity’s budget. An STS certificate is valid in the program for which it is issued. A CTE certificate may be valid in multiple programs. See CTE Certification Requirements section above, for program certification requirements.
To search the State Approved CTE Programs of Study and Courses, please visit the Career Technical Education CIP Report Page.
Career & Technical Education Documentation Requirements
Career & Technical Teachers:
The following items must be sent. To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.
- Official Transcript(s) – minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Student Teaching on an official transcript.
- Copy of current and valid out-of-state teaching license, if applicable.
- Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - if you have one or more years of out-of-state teaching experience while holding a valid teaching license.
- Test scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request. Visit the Testing Guidelines page for more information.
Skilled & Technical Sciences Teachers:
The following items must be sent, if relevant and applicable. Documentation requirements align to the STS Candidate – Licensure/Certification Checklist as it will be helpful in providing the applicant with a list of requirements towards certification completion and in guiding the applicant through the documentation requirements. This form will be completed by either the HR department or the Delaware Department of Education once all requirement documents are received. To ensure speedy processing, please ensure that you follow the documentation guidelines for submission.
- Professional and Occupational License(s)
- State license or registration certificate if required by law.
- Candidate should note the following: In occupations where a state license or registration is required by law, all applicants for Skilled and Technical Sciences certification shall present a valid and current Delaware license or registration upon application for teaching credentials and must be renewed as required by law.
- Educational Requirements – Part #1 (refer to STS Education Requirements for clarification.)
- Copies of all professional, occupational, and/or instructor licenses – Delaware or out-of-state; preferably current
- Documents of any career-related credits or training related to the career area of certification
- Documents of any career-related credits or training related to the career area of certification and related to the practice of teaching or instructing others
- Educational Requirements – Part #2 (refer to STS Education Requirements for clarification.)
- Official transcript(s) reflecting any college coursework or technical training that has been successfully completed (minimum of two years training or coursework)
- Experience Requirements
- Experience must be documented by using the following forms.
- Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) – if applicable.
- Form E/NT (Verification of Non-Teaching Experience) – if applicable.
- Candidate should note the following:
- Candidate must demonstrate that they have six years of work experience in an area related to the STS career area; two of the years must be within the last five years OR
- Candidates must demonstrate that they have six years of work experience by teaching in or direct supervision of educators in an area related to the STS career area; two of the years must be within the last five years.
- Experience must be documented by using the following forms.
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 Testing Guidelines for test-specific submission procedures.
Career & Technical Education Certification Regulations
The following regulations, promulgated by the Professional Standards Board, govern the requirements for the specific certification. It is recommended that candidates become familiar with the regulations that are specific to their employment.
Career & Technical Education Teachers:
Skilled and Technical Sciences Teachers: