Delaware Preschool Teacher Requirements

If you are thinking of becoming a preschool teacher in Delaware, you can read on to learn more about the early childhood education program you may attend, as well as the certification tests Delaware requires.

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The state of Delaware utilizes the Delaware Stars for Early Success system to improve their preschool and head start programs. To join the educators who wish to make school an engaging and educational place for young children, future Delaware preschool teachers can learn more about the salary for these professionals, as well as the degree requirements they must meet for licensure.

Licensing Requirements for Delaware Preschool Educators

Average Salary for Delaware Preschool Teachers (2016)* $28,980 (Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT); Praxis Education of Young Children

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Information About the Early Childhood Education Program

To teach preschool in Delaware, teacher candidates must first apply to and complete an early childhood education program, which prepares new teachers to work with children as far as second grade. Accredited universities develop a four-year bachelor's-level curriculum for this teacher preparation program. Enrolled students can expect to learn concepts related to childhood development, diversity among students, working with the families of children, and inclusive curriculum design.

Some programs include field observation hours where students are expected to spend time watching how a regular preschool classroom is managed. The semester or even year-long student teaching placement also includes some observation, but this experience is typically more hands-on. It sometimes requires future teachers to build lesson plans, including all the assessments that will check for student learning. With guidance from their host teachers, who act as mentors throughout the placement, the students then teach the lessons to an actual class. This experience, as well as the education courses an individual takes, should appear on official transcripts that are then submitted by the individual during the licensing application process.

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Details Regarding the Required Praxis Exams

All Delaware teachers are required to pass the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). The score required on this performance-based assessment is at least a 38. There are four separate tasks that must be demonstrated to complete this exam, such as how to build an environment that fosters learning, collect and analyze information related to student learning, design lesson plans, and be reflective teachers who can adjust their teaching styles to better fit the students' learning styles. To complete this exam, teacher candidates simply upload various teaching artifacts, such as assessments and videos.

To teach preschooler students in Delaware, licensure candidates must earn at least a 160 score on the Praxis Education of Young Children assessment. This computer-based test prepares educators to teach children from birth to second grade. Test-takers are allowed 150 minutes to answer 120 multiple-choice questions, as well as three short-answer questions. Preschool teachers are tested on their knowledge of topics like child development, diverse cultures, family and community influences on a child, effective learning environments, assessment methods, childhood literacy and ongoing professional development.

A Link for Delaware Preschool Educator Candidates

To assist future preschool teachers in Delaware, the link here offers study materials for the Praxis Education of Young Children assessment.

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