Initial License (DE)

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Initial License (DE)

The Initial License is issued once an applicant successfully completes a student teaching program or an approved alternative to student teaching.
License Valid for 3 Years
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Delaware
Contact Name: Department of Education – Certification
Contact Phone: 302-857-3388
Contact Email:
For more information please visit the state website:

Applying for Delaware Licensure / Certification is a 2-step process. The License allows one to teach in Delaware, and the Certificate identifies the subject(s) one may teach. An applicant may apply for only one License but multiple Certificates. 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.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 4 year college or university.

Official transcripts shall be forwarded directly from the issuing institution or by the applicant in an unopened, unaltered envelope.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching
Applicant must successfully complete student teaching or an approved alternative.

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
Student Teaching Okay.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

Additional languages may be available. Contact DEEDS for guidance.

If ACTFL tests are not available in the content language, must meet one of the following:
1) Specialized education;
2) Approved Certification of Content Knowledge.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable
All initial licensees must complete Delaware’s 3 year mentoring program. Educators who fulfill the program requirements will be moved to continuing licenses upon the expiration of their initial licenses.


The application is done online and there is no fee.

Processing time is estimated.
Holders of Non-U.S. Credentials:

During the term of the Initial License, license holders are required to participate in a comprehensive educator induction program including mentoring and other prescribed professional development activities.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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