Teacher K-12 Certification
Certification is required for all K-12 Teachers working in Delaware's public school system. This Teacher K-12 Certification page includes the following sections:
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.
Teacher K-12 Documentation Requirements
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. Proof of student teaching, if this does not appear on your transcript.
- Copy of current and valid out-of-state license, if applicable.
- Scores on Performance Assessments (ETS, Pearson, ACTFL, other State-authorized).
- Form E (Verification of Teaching Experience) - if you have over one year of out-of-state teaching experience
- Test scores should be forwarded to the Delaware Department of Education electronically upon your request.
- For certificates requiring Praxis II, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis tests. Please use Reporting Code R7065.
- For certificates requiring American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Language Testing International administers the ACTFL tests.
- For submitting passing scores for the Performance Assessment, Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the PPAT; and Pearson administers the edTPA.
- An approved Performance Assessment will need to be passed within two years upon employment in a Delaware public/charter school. If more than one year but less than four years of licensed teaching experience, educator will need to 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, Driver Education and Traffic Safety Education Teacher, School Nurse, School Psychologist, School Reading Specialist and School Social Worker.
- If you are applying with credentials from out of state or out of country, there may be additional requirements.
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 Delaware Test Requirements for test-specific submission procedures.
Teacher K-12 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.
1520 Early Childhood Teacher
1521 Elementary Teacher
1522 Elementary School Counselor
1531 Middle Level English Language Arts Teacher
1532 Middle Level Mathematics Teacher
1533 Middle Level Science Teacher
1534 Middle Level Social Studies Teacher
1539 Health Education Teacher
1540 Secondary English Language Arts Teacher
1542 Secondary Mathematics Teacher
1543 Secondary Science Teacher
1544 Secondary Social Studies Teacher
1545 Secondary School Counselor
1549 Dance Teacher
1550 AgriScience Teacher
1551 Business Education Teacher
1553 Driver Education and Traffic Safety Education Teacher
1554 Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
1555 Marketing Education Teacher
1556 School To Work Transition Teacher
1557 Technology Education Teacher
1558 Theater Teacher
1559 Skilled and Technical Sciences Teacher
1560 Art Teacher
1561 Bilingual Teacher
1562 Teacher of English Learners
1563 Music Teacher
1564 Physical Education Teacher
1565 World Language Teacher
1570 Early Childhood Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher
1571 Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities
1572 Teacher of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented
1573 Teacher of Students with Autism or with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
1574 Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
1575 Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
1580 School Library Media Specialist
1581 School Reading Specialist
1582 School Nurse
1583 School Psychologist
1584 School Social Worker
1590 Delaware Administrator Standards
1591 School Principal and Assistant School Principal
1592 Certified Central Office Personnel
1593 Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent
1594 Special Education Director
1595 Certification Programs for Leaders in Education
1597 Delaware Professional Teaching Standards
1598 Delaware Professional Development Standards
1599 Delaware Educational Technology Standards