Delaware Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Delaware
Upon successful completion of an accredited teacher education program at an institution of higher learning and having earned a bachelor’s degree in education, there are three steps necessary to follow, in order, for anyone interested in gaining a Delaware teacher certification. The first step is obtaining a passing score on the Praxis II examination. The second step is creating an account on the Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS), which is where the online application for the license is completed. Following the completion of the online application, it is necessary to provide the state with hard copies of the documentation required to verify information provided online. Once an applicant for becoming a teacher in Delaware has completed all three steps and the application is complete, the applicant may proceed to look for employment pending receipt of the license as school corporations have access to the application through DEEDS.
- I want to be a teacher in Delaware, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Delaware’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Graduate Certificate-Management of Education Corporation/Corporate Training Divisions
- Graduate Certificate-Education Leadership
- Graduate Certificate-Curriculum Leadership
Delaware Teacher College Requirements
The four-year program that leads to a bachelor’s degree in education must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and must meet the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The curriculum of the program must reflect and focus on the fourteen professional teaching standards established by the state. A few of these standards are knowledge of the content area, understanding the different ways students learn, and the effective management of the classroom. The program must also include a segment of student teaching. Bachelor’s degrees may be earned in elementary education (grades K-6), secondary education in various content areas (grades 7-12), and special education (grades K-12).
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Delaware State University: Delaware State University is a Historically Black University (HBCU) that was founded in 1891. The university currently offers 52 undergraduate degree programs, 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral offerings. All of the educational programs are housed under the auspices of the College of Education, Health and Public Policy. The College of Education is home to the Department of Education which offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. The undergraduate majors include: Early Childhood Education (Birth-2), Elementary Education (K-6), Elementary Special Education (1-8), Middle Level Education (5-8), Physical Education (K-12), Science Education and Secondary Special Education (7-12). Undergraduate Education degrees are among the most popular bachelor degree programs in the entire university. Graduate degree students can choose from degrees in Adult Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education and Special Education. All candidates must meet admissions standards including taking the GRE or MAT (Millers Analogy Test).
In January 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Delaware’s that Delaware’s unemployment rate remained at 7.4%, well under the national average of 8.5%. The Occupational Supply & Demand System has projected 599 annual job openings in Delaware in library and education related fields through 2018. In 2008 and 2007 respectively, the National Center for Education Statistics reported 8,322 public school and 2,440 private school K-12 teachers registered in Delaware. The starting salary for teachers in Delaware is $36,633 and the average salary is $57,934, the 13th highest in the nation according to the National Education Association. Currently, the NEA classifies the Delaware education job market as ‘good’, emphasizing shortages in critical areas for grades 7-12, such as math, science and special education. For more information on education-related wages and working conditions in Delaware, please visit Delaware State Education Association. With the relatively low unemployment rate and shortages in key educational areas, now is a good time to research teaching degrees, specifically those offering specialization in math, science or special education. If interested, contact Delaware teaching and education schools for free information.
Delaware Teacher Testing Requirements
The first necessary test to pass in pursuit of a Delaware teacher’s license is the Praxis I, which establishes proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is possible to be exempted from taking this test if satisfactory scores were obtained on other assessments such as the SAT, the GRE or the NTE. In addition, some subject areas also require passing Praxis II assessments.
Delaware Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||4,000||$56,050|
|Middle School Teachers||2,390||$54,420|
|Secondary School Teachers||2,990||$55,970|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
Delaware Teacher Interview
Interview with Krista Wallden, Delaware Third Grade Teacher
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Delaware
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- B.S. in Education / Elementary Education
- A.A. in Elementary Education
- M.A. in Education/Elementary Teacher Education
- M.A. in Education/Secondary Teacher Education
- And more...
- MA in Education (Leadership in Early Childhood Education)
- BA in Early Childhood Education
- MA in Educational Leadership and Administration (Tier 1)
- MA in Education with Instructional Technology Emphasis
- And more...
- B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 5 Years)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
- Special Education (Early Childhood/Elementary)
- Educational Administration: (EDD)
- And more...
- Doctor of Management - Graduate Level Instructional Practices
- Doctor of Management - Private Sector Higher Education Leadership
- M.A. Teaching (K-8)
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (K-8)
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
- M.A. Teaching - Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
- And more...
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Delaware
Delaware State University
1200 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Delaware Technical and Community College-Owens
Route 18 Seashore Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Delaware Technical and Community College-Stanton-Wilmington
400 Stanton-Christiana Rd
Newark, DE 19702
Delaware Technical and Community College-Terry
100 Campus Drive
Dover, DE 19901
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
320 Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720
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