The education system is always in need of qualified teachers to provide a solid education to students at all grade levels. In Delaware, teachers do not have to pursue a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education to become a teacher. The state offers three alternative certification programs that offer a faster way to obtain teaching certification.
Program Mission and Overview: The ARTC program offers individuals the opportunity to earn their teaching certification while they work as teachers in the field. Candidates go through graduate-level education coursework and intensive school-based supervision and monitoring. Work is completed during the first two years of teaching.
The ARTC program focuses on providing schools with qualified teachers in high-needs subject areas. These subject areas include:
English language arts for grades 6 through 12
Mathematics for grades 6 through 12
Family and consumer sciences
Engineering and technology education
Eligibility and How to Apply: Candidates for the ARTC program must:
Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a high-needs subject area or related field.
Have 30 credits in a specific subject.
Pass the PRAXIS I test in writing, reading and math.
Pass the PRAXIS II test in the chosen subject area.
Program Mission and Overview: The DT3P program is specifically designed to fill the high-need subject areas of math, science, English, technology and engineering. Most teachers will work in grades 6 through 12 in one of these subject areas. This program must be completed before accepting a teaching position in the chosen subject area.
Financial Information: The PRAXIS tests cost $135 for PRAXIS I and varies by subject area for PRAXIS II. The four required education courses cost $1,695 each, plus an $80 fee. DT3P candidates can receive a scholarship of $1,000 per course, including the summer institute, for a total of $5,000. This brings the total cost of attendance to $3,100, plus the cost of testing. Several small grants are also available through the ACCESS Center.