• Fees and Reimbursements

  • Non-refundable Fee for First Delaware License

    Beginning January 15, 2016, a one-time non-refundable fee of $100 will be charged to educators applying for their first license in Delaware (Initial, Continuing, or Advanced). The applicant must also meet certification requirements prior to a license being issued. The fee will be retained by the State of Delaware whether or not the transaction results in the issuance of a license and certificate.  Refer to 14 Del.C. §122 (27) for details regarding the rules and regulations.

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  • Teaching License Application Fee Reimbursement

    Upon application in DEEDS for a Delaware teaching license and certificate, the applicant will be charged a $100, one time, application fee. Upon employment in a Delaware public school district or charter school, educators may be eligible for a reimbursement of that $100 fee.

    Process:

    The DDOE will obtain a list semi-annually, of all new educators that have paid the fee and been hired during the timeframe indicated below. The list, obtained from DEEDS, will be of educators who paid the fee and where hired by a Delaware public school between the following timelines:

    • 03/31 – 10/31
    • 11/01 – 03/30

    Reimbursements will be processed after the data is obtained from DEEDS. Educators will receive a check, via the U.S. Postal Service, at their home address, for $100 to cover the fee they previously paid.

    Legislative Action:

    HOUSE BILL NO. 307 AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

    Synopsis: Implemented a 1-time fee of no more than $100 for all applicants for an educator's first license in Delaware. The amendment makes the bill a reimbursement, rather than a waiver. The waiver had been based upon the applicant having attended a Delaware high school or preparatory program. The reimbursement is based upon the applicant becoming a teacher in a Delaware public school. This Act shall take effect 90 days after its enactment into law.

    Signed by Governor Jack Markell: 06/09/2016

    HOUSE BILL NO. 51

    Synopsis: In 2016, the Legislature provided a reimbursement for teachers employed in Delaware who had to pay the 1-time licensure fee. By using "teacher", we inadvertently excluded specialists including school media specialists, school counselors, school nurses, et cetera. This Bill changes "teacher" to "educator" to include specialists and other educators.

    Signed by Governor John Carney: 05/18/2017

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  • Performance Assessment Fee Reimbursement

    An applicant who applies for a Delaware teaching license and certificate, becomes employed in a Delaware public school district or charter school, and meets the performance assessment requirement towards a Delaware teaching license as detailed in subchapter II of Chapter 12 of Title 14, will be reimbursed $100 if the educator has taken and successfully passed a Delaware-accepted Performance Assessment through one of the following avenues:

    *Passing scores are established by the Delaware Professional Standards Board.

    Educators who applied for and obtained a Delaware license and certificate and obtained a job in Delaware public school on or after June 20, 2017 are eligible for this reimbursement.

    Process:

    The first reimbursement will be for educators who applied for a license and certificate and obtained a job in a Delaware public school on or between the following dates:

    • 6/21/17 – 03/30/18 (tentative)

    Thereafter, The DDOE will obtain a list, semi-annually, of all new educators that have who applied for a Delaware teaching license and certificate, becomes employed in a Delaware public school district or charter school, and met the performance assessment requirement towards a Delaware teaching license:

    • 03/31 – 10/31
    • 11/01 – 03/30

    Reimbursements will be processed after the data is obtained from DEEDS. Educators will receive a check, via the U.S. Postal Service, at their home address, for $100 to cover the fees they may have previously paid.

    Legislative Action:

    HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1 TO HOUSE BILL NO. 143 AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

    Synopsis: This Act removes the provisional license and re-establishes a 3 tiered licensure system. An initial license provides for two years for the initial licensee to obtain a passing score on an approved performance assessment. This Act provides for reciprocity for a state-created and approved performance assessment from another state or jurisdiction to meet the performance assessment requirement. This Act also eliminates the general knowledge exam for licensure which will result in a savings to the candidate of a range of $100 to $150. Additionally, this Act provides for a reimbursement of no less than $100 to a license holder who meets the performance assessment requirement and becomes employed in a Delaware public school. The Department will be responsible for training local district and school staff on the performance assessment. Additionally, the Department of Education leadership, including the Secretary of Education will be trained on the performance assessment.

    Signed by Governor Carney: 2017-06-20

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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:
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    302-857-3388
    deeds@doe.k12.de.us

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Last Modified on October 18, 2018