Our physical office spaces are closed; all DSEA staff have moved to remote work environments indefinitely. You can still contact staff at our regular office numbers (Dover: 734-5834, Newark: 366-8440, & Toll-Free 866-734-5834 ) and email addresses. If you aren’t sure who to email, call the respective offices and they will pass your information on to the appropriate staff member. Thank you in advance for your patience during this time.
Applying for Credentials
Teaching in Delaware requires that an individual hold a valid license and certificate to teach in a public school. The application for licensure and certification is a two-step process. Learn about the processes and what is required for each step...
Providing official documentation of the various documents required for licensure and certification is a key part of the entire process. Learn more about what constitutes "official", where to send the documents, and what to do if applying for an additional certificate.
Types of Licenses and Certificates
Delaware educators hold one of three types of licenses. These licenses are the same for each educator and do vary depending on the curriculum focus. Certification is where the educator receives an endorsement to teach a specific subject. Visit this section to learn more about each type of license and the types of certificates issued.
Choosing an Educator Preparation Program
Simply majoring in Education in college does not mean one is in an educator preparation program. Programs must be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Forms and Materials
Each application for licensure and certification requires a variety of forms and other supporting materials. Learn more about what is required, including links to the actual forms, by visiting this website.
Alternative Routes to Certification
Delaware currently has five alternative options for being granted a license and certification if you are applying but do not have student teaching experience. Learn more about each of the five options and the different documents which each requires.
Our public schools have a host of highly-trained educators who provide specialized services beyond what teachers provide in the classroom. Guidance Counselors, School Nurses, Social Workers, and Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists are licensed and certified using a special set of regulations, specific to their respective position. Links to the regulations specific to each are provided.