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In the state of Delaware there exists a meaningful distinction between a License and a Certification, and both are used in the existing educator certification system to mean different things. Getting certified in Delaware is a two-step process, in that one must hold both a License and at least one Certificate.  The License authorizes the teacher to work in a Delaware public/charter school, and the Certificate(s) identifies the area(s) in which they are authorized to teach. A Delaware educator can hold only one license type at a time depending on experience (Initial, Continuing, or Advanced); however, they can hold multiple certificates to certify their education in a specific area of expertise (Standard, Emergency, and Eligibility).

Delaware requires the prospective World Language teachers to pass a standardized assessment test to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish, or to achieve a minimum level of Advanced Low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and a passing score on ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) (Advanced Low for languages using Roman alphabet; Intermediate High for languages using non-Roman alphabet) for other languages. For additional information about certification, please, consult the Delaware Department of Education.



This is a list that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialing programs that fit your needs. This list displays all credentialing programs (including those that are not specifically for world language teaching). The state may periodically change this list. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from this approved list to receive credentials in the state of Delaware.

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