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ARTC can help you earn a teaching certificate as:

Schools are often challenged to find enough certified teaching candidates in nine “critical need” subjects (art, business, English, math, music, science, engineering/technology, world languages, and family/consumer sciences). ARTC identifies highly qualified teaching candidates in one of those content areas and guides them through the process of finding a teaching position in their field in a DE public school.

  • A teacher in a high-need school

The Delaware Alternate Route for Educators (DARE) is a new pathway for any applicant with a strong background (30 college credits) in one of the core content areas (English, Math, Science and Social Studies) who wishes to teach students with special needs in a high-need, grade 6-12, Delaware public school.  It is also a pathway for anyone with a strong background in one of the World Languages who would like to teach in a high-need DE public school.  No prior education coursework is required.  Instead, a candidate can complete all course requirements in as little as three years while fully employed as a teacher!   Applicants need only a bachelor’s degree, 30 credits in one of the content areas listed above, and a desire to make a difference.

  • A teacher of students with special needs

The Delaware Alternate Route for Educators (DARE) is a new pathway for any applicant with a strong background (30 college credits) in one of the core content areas (English, Math, Science and Social Studies) who wishes to teach students with special needs in a high-need, grade 6-12, Delaware public school.  It is also a pathway for anyone with a strong background in one of the World Languages who would like to teach in a high-need DE public school.  No prior education coursework is required.  Instead, a candidate can complete all course requirements in as little as three years while fully employed as a teacher!   Applicants need only a bachelor’s degree, 30 credits in one of the content areas listed above, and a desire to make a difference.

Through our Master’s Plus Certification Program (MPCP) you can earn a standard certificate in Exceptional Children as well as a master’s degree. In a school’s attempt to meet its commitment to provide a relevant and challenging education for every student, it relies on the specific expertise and skills of its teachers of children with special needs. A two-year intensive graduate degree program, MPCP accepts candidates who have a bachelor’s degree but no education courses and allows them to work during the first year as a full-time, paid paraprofessional in a special needs classroom and the second year as the full-time, paid special needs teacher of record – all while completing coursework for their standard certificate in Exceptional Children as well as a master’s degree.

The school library is often the nerve center of student learning, especially in schools committed to 21st century, student-centered, hands-on education. The school library/media specialist collaborates with all teachers as well as off-site resources in leading students through independent research, guided learning and literary appreciation at all levels.

Qualified undergraduate English and English Education majors at the University of Delaware may choose to apply to the Teaching English Language Learner (TESL) 4+1 program. Through this program, you can earn a B.A in English/English Education and an MA in Teaching English Language Learner in 5 years, rather than a traditional four-year bachelors degree and a two-year masters degree.

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