Delaware: College and Career Policies

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.

The student shall complete a U. S. History course as one of the Social Studies credits.

The Department of Education approves educator preparation programs in Delaware Institutions of Higher Education.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010. Delaware has the Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) which measures learning in reading, math, social studies, and science in elementary and high school. There is also math, history, and biology end of course exams for high school students.

To be approved, all teacher preparation programs must meet the outlined requirements for program entry, clinical experiences, instruction and content, program completion, and candidate evaluation.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

Delaware updated the English Language Arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

In order to renew a certificate teachers must complete 90 clock hours of professional development.

4 credits of English are required to graduate in Delaware.

In 2012, Delaware adopted the Common Core State Standards. As these standards do not explicitly include World Languages, the national organization ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) created a crosswalk document that shows that the World Language Standards and the Common Core State Standards are mutually supportive.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010.

There are 8 credits worth of "other" graduation requirements in Delaware.

Delaware updated the Mathematics standards in 2010. The standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

90 clock hours of professional development is required for administrator licensure renewal.

4 credits of math are required to graduate in Delaware.

Delaware has performing arts standards in dance, music, and theatre. These standards were adopted in 2007 and 2008.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010.

Delaware visual arts standards were adopted in 2007.

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) (Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science) (covers elementary and high school; End of Course (Math, History, Biology) (high School)Smarter Balanced (2010)

Delaware follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

The State Board of Education shares authority over adoption with the Commissioner/Superintendent of Education.

Delaware's Science standards are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

General Assembly created the Delaware Professional Standards Board to work in conjunction with the Department of Education and the State Board of Education toward full implementation.

Scientific investigations related to the State Science Standards shall be included in all three science course requirements. The student shall complete a Biology course as one of the Science credits.

Department of Education. DPAS II is Delaware’s annual statewide educator evaluation system. As a statewide system, DPAS II establishes consistent educator and student performance expectations and outcomes across all schools. There are three versions of DPAS II: DPAS II for Teachers; DPAS II for Specialists; and DPAS II for Administrators. 50% of DPAS II is based on student performance measures.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010. Delaware has the Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) which measures learning in reading, math, social studies, and science in elementary and high school. There is also math, history, and biology end of course exams for high school students.

The Delaware Board of Education approves rules and regulations for teacher certification after proposal from Standards Board.

The Social Studies Coalition of Delaware has worked with the Delaware Department of Education to provide professional development and instructional resources to Delaware teachers for over a decade. A sub-committee of educators from the Delaware Department of Education, the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware (SSCD), and the University of Delaware convened in December 2015 to make recommendations to update the Delaware Social Studies Standards. The membership of the Coalition voted unanimously at its February 19, 2016, meeting to support the proposed updates to the Delaware Social Studies Standards.

The proposed updates will be presented to the State Board of Education on April 21, 2016.