Licensure & Certification

The First State provides high-quality pathways for aspiring educators to begin or advance their K-12 careers in Delaware. To learn about Delaware’s alternative paths to licensure and certification click here.

Applying for Licensure / Certification

Applying for Delaware Licensure / Certification is a two-step process. The License allows you to teach in Delaware, and the Certificate identifies the subject(s) you may teach. You may apply for only one License but multiple Certificates. Learn more.

  1. Register in DEEDS – Submit information (Name, contact information, education information, experience)
  2. Complete an application for a License/Certificate. Basic requirements are:
    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
    • Student teaching on a transcript
    • Meet certificate requirements according to regulations

After completing the online application process, you must provide official documentation of all transcripts, certificates, and experience listed in the application to the address below:

Delaware Department of Education
Collette Education Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19904
ATTN: Certification.

*Praxis scores are forwarded to the Department electronically upon your request.

Common Scenarios & Paths to Employment

  • Recent or soon to be college graduates applying for Delaware licensure for the first time – click here
  • Educators holding licensure in another state and wishing to apply for Delaware licensure – click here
  • To apply for an additional certificate if you have already applied for licensure/certification – click here
  • To apply for licensure/certification without having student teaching experience – click here
  • Counselors, nurses, psychologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, and therapists – click here
  • If you would like to work as a Paraprofessional – click here
  • If you hold a non-U.S. credential – click here

Qualifying for Licensure

For initial licensure in Delaware, all candidates must:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Complete a student teaching program, as part of a regionally accredited teacher preparation program;
  • OR complete a state-approved alternative route to licensure and certification program;
  • OR complete one year of teaching experience with no less than 91 days of long-term teaching in one curricular area in one Delaware public or charter school.
    • 91 days of long term teaching is an option for individuals to use one year of substitute teaching experience in one assignment from a Delaware school as an alternative to completing a formal student teaching program.
    • Effective July 1, 2014, this is NOT a licensure option for individuals teaching elementary, English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or special education.
    • Please be aware there are no guarantees for licensure or certification using this route. Click here for more information. 
  • Register online through the Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS).
  • Apply for licensure and certification through DEEDS.
  • Send official transcripts and test scores to the Delaware Department of Education.

For further requirements, refer to the Delaware Administrative Code, Issuance of Initial License click here.

Qualifying for Certification

For initial certification in Delaware, all candidates must:

  • Apply for and receive a Delaware initial or continuing license.
    • An advanced license is for educators who hold certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). New National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who are currently teaching in Delaware will receive their advanced license after the NBPTS releases the score results on its website. NBCTs coming to Delaware from another state and currently teaching in Delaware must apply through DEEDS for the continuing license and certification; submit official transcripts; and provide a notarized copy of their NBPTS certificate.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and education to practice in their desired field(s).
  • Pass the Praxis II® tests for their certification area, if applicable and available.
  • Send official transcripts and test scores to the Delaware Department of Education.

To begin the application process click here.