How to Become a Teacher in Delaware: Requirements & Certification

Teaching candidates in the state of Delaware must earn a bachelor's degree in a teacher preparation program with specific credit requirements. They also must take three exams and apply for two licenses in order to legally teach in classrooms.

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Teachers do the powerful work of educating, nurturing, and empowering the youngest members of our communities, helping them blossom both at their current stages of development and beyond as they continue to grow. Teachers in Delaware need two different licenses in order to get hired and work in classrooms. Below, you will find everything you need to know about becoming an educator in the state of Delaware.

Delaware Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Delaware (2017)* $56,550 (kindergarten), $60,600 (elementary), $62,540 (middle), $63,640 (secondary)
Required Degree Minimum of a bachelor's degree
Degree Field Teacher preparation program with student teaching program
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS 5712, 5722, 5732)
ETS PPAT OR Pearson edTPA
An elementary- or middle-school level Praxis exam that correlates with your desired teaching concentration

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Get Your Degree & Student Teach

In order to apply for your Initial License in the state of Delaware, you must have at least a bachelor's degree. Your higher-education institution needs to be regionally accredited in order for your degree to be considered valid.

Delaware requires that your degree program be an approved teacher preparation program. The state also requires that you finish a student teaching program alongside your coursework. The student teaching program must be included on your official transcript.

There is an approved alternative to a formal student teaching program: one successful year of teaching experience. This experience must be made up of at least 91 days in the same position.

In Delaware, Initial License candidates must also apply for a Standard Certificate that allows them to teach in a certain area. Fifteen of your credit hours need to be in this specific subject area. A minimum of 6 of these credits must cover pedagogy.

Step 2: Take Exams

Teachers in Delaware have to take 3 different kinds of exams in order to become licensed - a content readiness test, a performance test, and a test related to their specific certification categories. In this step, we will carefully explore your examination options for each testing category.

First, you must take a content readiness exam. This test ensures that you have the general knowledge needed to become a teacher. You will be tested in the subjects of writing, mathematics, and reading.

Here are the different tests you can take (and the scores you need) for content readiness:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS 5712, 5722, 5732)
    • Reading: 156
    • Writing: 162
    • Math: 150

Accepted tests for writing portion:

  • ETS National Teacher Exam - Core Battery Communication Skills: 670
  • SAT - writing section (score not specified - contact your local school district if you have questions concerning your SAT writing score)

Accepted tests for reading portion:

  • SAT - verbal section: 560
  • ACT - English section: 24
  • GRE - verbal section: 152

Accepted tests for math portion:

  • SAT - math section: 540
  • ACT - math section: 24
  • GRE - quantitative section: 145

Secondly, you must take a performance assessment. This test proves that you are a confident, capable educator in classroom contexts. To fulfill this requirement, you can take one of the following:

  • ETS PPAT
  • Pearson edTPA

Lastly, you must take an exam that correlates with your desired Standard Certificate area. You will sit for a Praxis exam that correlates with your desired teaching concentration.

Here are some examples of Standard Certificate Praxis examination areas, and the corresponding scores needed to pass:

  • Elementary education (for this age group, you need each test):
    • 5002: 157
    • 5003: 157
    • 5004: 155
    • 5005: 159
  • Middle school education subject options:
    • Language Arts - 5047: 164
    • Mathematics - 5169: 165
    • Science - 5440: 150
    • Social Studies - 5089: 164

Step 3: Apply for Teacher License

To finish this exciting process and finally begin your career as a teacher in Delaware, you now need to apply for the 2 certifications necessary to legally teach - your Initial License and your Standard Certificate.

Below, you will find everything you need to know about the application packet for each certification.

Initial License:

  • Official transcripts documenting your bachelor's degree program and your student teaching program
    • Must be sent from your college or university
  • Test scores for your content readiness exam and your performance assessment
    • Must be forwarded electronically from the testing agency to the Delaware Department of Education
  • Form E - only necessary if you have at least one year of teaching experience in the U.S. but outside of Delaware (can be found on the Delaware Department of Education website)
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state license, if you have one

Standard Certification:

  • Official transcripts documenting your degree program(s) and your student teaching program
    • Must be sent from your college or university
  • Praxis test scores for your specialized certification area
  • Form E - only necessary if you have at least one year of teaching experience in the U.S. but outside of Delaware (can be found on the Delaware Department of Education website)
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state license, if you have one

Since you need both of these licenses to legally teach in Delaware, and some of the paperwork does overlap, you can submit all of these documents together. Once you've applied, you're well on your way to educating children and youth in Delaware classrooms.

Resources for Teachers in Delaware

Anxiously preparing for the exams necessary to become a qualified teacher in Delaware? Don't stress - the courses below might help you reach your fullest potential both in the exam room and in the classroom. Take a look:

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