An Advanced License is only awarded to teachers that have achieved National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification
This Advanced License page includes the following sections:
Issuance of an Advanced License
In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1213 Tier Three - Advanced Licensure, the Department, upon application and receipt of the list of successful candidates provided annually by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), will issue an Advanced License to any educator who receives National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. An Advanced License is valid for up to five years.
The Advanced License will be pro-rated and the term of the Advanced License will be the same as the balance of the term of the educator's National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. As an example, if a candidate for licensure and certification presents a NBPTS certification with eight (8) years remaining, the Advanced License will have a term of eight years as well.
The Department may issue, upon application, an Advanced License to an educator licensed in another jurisdiction who provides verification of receipt of National Board certification.
The Department shall not act on an application for licensure if the applicant is under official investigation by any state or local authority with the power to issue educator licenses or certifications, where the alleged conduct involves allegations of immorality, misconduct in office, incompetence, willful neglect of duty, disloyalty or falsification of credentials, until the applicant provides evidence of the investigation's resolution.
Renewal of an Advanced License
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.
DEEDS automatically generates an email (90 calendar days prior to the Advanced License expiration date) to complete the criminal conviction disclosure process. Upon receipt of the renewal notification email, the educator must log in to their DEEDS profile and select the link for "Renew My License/Permit", which will appear at the top of 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.
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.
Change in NBPTS term (updated by NBTS, effective 01/01/2017)
The National Board has revised its policy for maintenance of certification; Board-certified teachers must demonstrate their knowledge and skills every five years. This policy is aligned with the movement of 40 state licensure systems to a five-year renewal period, but also reflects efforts to make certification more affordable and efficient for all teachers, so that that it can become the norm in the profession. Development of the maintenance of certification has not yet started, but the aim is to keep it similar in price and process to completion of a single component of the certification process every five years. Additional information can be found in NBPTS’ documents: Guide to National Board Certification and Renewal at a Glance.
As the term limit for NBPTS certification has been modified to five years, effective 01/01/2018,the Delaware Department of Education will issue an Advanced License for five years, or pro-rated and the term of the Advanced License will be the same as the balance of the term of the educator's National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.