Delaware - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Area: 
Educator Licensure Policy
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

In order to become a certified teacher in Delaware, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, complete a state approved teacher preparation program, and pass an content examination.

Body: 

3.0 Requirements for Initial License:
3.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1210, an otherwise qualified applicant subject to the limits of section 10.0 must meet the requirements in this section for the Department to issue an Initial License. All applicants must apply for at least one Standard Certificate simultaneously with an Initial License. An initial license will not be issued if the applicant does not meet the requirements for certification.
3.2 The Department shall issue an initial license to an applicant who meets the criteria for Meritorious New Teacher candidate designation adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1203.
3.3. The Department shall issue an initial license to an applicant who is currently licensed as an educator in another jurisdiction with less than three years of successful teaching experience.
3.4 Prior to the Department issuing an initial license, all other applicants must meet the following requirements:
3.4.1 Meet the degree requirements in section 5.0.
3.4.2 Achieve a passing score on an approved examination of general knowledge as specified in this regulation.
3.4.3 When applicable and available, achieve a passing score on an approved content readiness exam. A content-readiness exam is applicable and available when adopted by the Standards Board with the approval of the State Board.
3.4.4 When applicable and available, achieve a passing score on an approved performance assessment. A performance assessment is applicable and available when adopted by the Standards Board with approval of the State Board.
3.4.5 Complete a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.
3.4.6 Meet all other requirements of this regulation.
3.5 An applicant who previously held a Delaware initial license that has since expired will be treated as a new applicant and must meet all the requirements in the regulation.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
03/07/2016