April 16, 2018

Delaware Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $54,264
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $45,250

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Delaware schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Delaware teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Delaware-approved teacher preparation program.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Delaware, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
Pre Professional Skills Test(PPST) Official Site | Praxis Core Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Required Reading

If you’re certified in early childhood education, elementary education, or special education, the state of Delaware requires that you take 12 course hours in reading. A list of these courses is available here:
Teachers who have not taken these 12 course hours may alternatively qualify for certification in Delaware if they have a score of 173 of this Praxis II assessment:
Reading Across the Curriculum: Elementary (mc & cr – 2 hr) 0201

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Delaware has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Delaware Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Delaware for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Delaware Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Delaware Department of Education
John G. Townsend Building
401 Federal Street
Dover, Delaware 19901

Or you can call at (302) 735-4276.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Delaware teacher certification process:

Delaware Department of Education
Delaware Professional Standards Board