Special Education Certification & Requirements in Delaware

Special education teachers work with special needs learners. This type of teaching requires specific skills, and aspiring special education educators need to complete a number of education and testing steps to acquire certification.

View popular schools

Special needs students have to overcome a range of mental and physical disabilities in order to develop in an educational environment. Special education teachers receive specific training to ensure special needs students make progress with their studies and social development. In Delaware, this training comprises various education and testing steps which teacher candidates need to satisfy in order to qualify for special education teacher certification. Here, these qualification steps are described.

Special Education Teacher Certification Requirements in Delaware

Average Salary for Special Education Teachers in Delaware (2017)* $60,960 (Kindergarten and Elementary), $70,670 (Middle), $63,320 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Special Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications test (5354)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

Prospective special education teacher candidates in Delaware must first obtain a minimum of a bachelor's degree which incorporates a teacher preparation program in special education from a regionally accredited higher education institute. Candidates should choose a concentration in special education in the grade level they hope to teach and complete a minimum of 15 special education credits. Courses in this area typically include classes on the following topics:

  • Behavior analysis
  • Instruction for literacy problems
  • Special education curriculum
  • Special needs technology

Candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue certification in special education must enroll in an alternate route to teaching program.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Teaching Gifted and Talented Students
  • Teaching Special Education - Autism
  • Teaching Special Education - Developmentally Delayed
  • Teaching Special Education - Emotional Disturbances
  • Teaching Special Education - Hearing Impairments
  • Teaching Special Education - Learning Disabilities
  • Teaching Special Education - Mental Retardation
  • Teaching Special Education - Multiple Disabilities
  • Teaching Special Education - Orthopedic Impairments
  • Teaching Special Education - Speech Impairments
  • Teaching Special Education - Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Teaching Special Education - Vision Impairments
  • Teaching Special Education, Children and Young Children

Step 2: Pass All Required Testing

Special education teacher candidates in Delaware will need to pass the Praxis Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications test (code: 5354, pass score: 151). The test is computer-based and consists of 120 selected-response questions which candidates have 2 hours to complete. The questions are divided into five content categories:

  • Development and characteristics of learners (20 questions)
  • Planning and the learning environment (27 questions)
  • Instruction (27 questions)
  • Assessment (22 questions)
  • Foundations and professional responsibilities (24 questions)

Teacher candidates can register for the test through the ETS website. Since June 20, 2017, candidates for initial licensure are no longer required to take a general knowledge assessment (core skills), such as the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests.

Step 3: Apply for an Initial Delaware Teacher License

When the education and testing requirements have been fulfilled, teacher candidates are then eligible to apply for their initial Delaware teacher license. The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) will accept applications online by way of their Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS) online portal. Candidates must submit the following documentation as part of their application:

  • Official bachelor's degree (minimum) and teacher preparation program transcripts, including verification of their student teaching on the transcript
  • Test scores - candidates should request that they are forwarded to the DDOE electronically

The supporting documents cannot be uploaded to DEEDS, so they must be mailed to the DDOE. Candidates must pay a one-time non-refundable application fee of $100 when applying for their first teacher license in Delaware.

Delaware Teacher Certification Resources

Special education teacher candidates in Delaware can gain access to our study materials, which will greatly assist their preparation for the Praxis Special Education test, by clicking on the links below:

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • Certificate in Early Childhood Education
    • Diploma in Early Childhood Education JEE.13 (Techniques D'ducation L'enfance - JEE.13)

    What year did you graduate high school?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MS in Educational Psychology
    • MS in Education (for Practicing Teachers Grades K-12)
    • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
    • MS in Higher Ed - College Administration and Leadership
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Doctor of Education - Special Education
    • Ph.D. in Education - Special Education
    • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - Special Education
    • Doctor of Education - Character Education
    • Doctor of Education - Curriculum & Instruction
    • Ph.D. in Education - Character Education
    • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program - NILD Educational Therapy
    • M.Ed. in K-12 Special Education - General Curriculum Licensure
    • M.Ed. in K-12 Special Education - Non-Licensure
    • M.Ed. in K-12 Special Education - Reading Specialist
    • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
    • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
    • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
    • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program - Autism Certificate
    • M.Ed. in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MA in Education and Human Development in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Education in Special Education

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
    • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health
    • M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical
    • M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-ITL
    • M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-NITL
    • M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • BS in Early Childhood
    • B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
    • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education

    What is your highest level of education?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?