Alternative Routes

Delaware currently offers five alternative pathways for aspiring educators to obtain a teaching license and certification and one alternate route to principal certification. These alternate routes allow prospective educators from all backgrounds, degrees, and levels of experience to pursue their career goals while also taking advantage of valuable opportunities to develop professionally.

The Delaware Leadership Project (DLP)

Delaware Leadership Project is a Race to the Top initiative of the Delaware Department of Education in partnership with Innovative Schools.  DLP is the state’s first “alternate route” to principal certification; it is a key part of Delaware’s RTTT plan for transforming the state’s highest need schools. DLP is an intensive, full-time, 14-month training program for aspiring school leaders. The four phases of the rigorous training includes a five week summer intensive, a ten-month paid residency where Residents are paired with a mentor principal, a planning summer followed by two years of coaching while leading a high-need school.  The Delaware Leadership Project is conducting a national search for outstanding, results-oriented educators who want to transform Delaware’s highest needs schools. To learn more about this initiative, please click here.

Teach For America Program (TFA)

Teach For America (TFA) recruits top college graduates of all majors, military veterans and working professionals to commit a minimum of two years to teach in low-income urban and rural public schools statewide. Teachers who lead with a clear vision, drive dramatic academic and personal growth through rigor and creativity, and partner with their students, families, and colleagues are in demand in Delaware. Retention is highly valued—we are working towards honoring and developing the profession of teaching through deliberate adaptive leadership and technical skill training. Special education, STEM content areas, and early childhood learning are local areas of focus.  Corps members work as educators in charter and district schools in all three counties from Wilmington to Seaford. To achieve full certification, they follow advanced degree coursework and paths at Relay Graduate School of Education that are supported by AmeriCorps. Learn More.

The Alternative Routes to Certification Program (ARTC)

The Alternative Routes to Certification Program supports Delaware public and charter schools in certain critical needs secondary subject areas and K-12 Music and Art where there is a shortage of certified teachers. Schools may hire individuals to teach a subject in which they already have an appropriate academic degree and then enroll them in ARTC to complete certification requirements at the University of Delaware while they are teaching. Learn More.

The Master’s Plus Certification Program

The Master’s Plus Certification Program in Special Education is designed for individuals with non-education college degrees who are currently employed as paraeducators in a Delaware school who want to complete special education certification. The Masters program is completed at the University of Delaware. Learn More.

Delaware MAT & Alternative Route to Certification

Relay Graduate School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in a variety of subjects including K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  New teachers eligible for state certification may receive alternate route certification upon completion of year one of the MAT program.  Relay currently offers classes in Sussex and New Castle Counties.  Learn more.