To be eligible for ARTC, you must already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a major (or equivalent) in a “critical needs” subject area or closely related field. For purposes of ARTC eligibility, 30 college credits in a subject is regarded as equivalent to a college major.
The only exception is world languages, where native speakers may qualify with a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than the target language (see below).
Additionally, a minimal requirement for eligibilty is passing scores on all three sections of Praxis I, a test of reading, writing and math skills all teachers in DE must pass before receiving certification. Vist www.ets.org to register for Praxis I and to find out how you might qualify to wavie one or two sections of that three-part examination.
WHAT ARE THE “CRITICAL NEEDS” SUBJECTS COVERED BY ARTC?
“Critical needs” subjects are subjects in which the state has identified a critical shortage of certified teachers. Each year the Delaware Department of Education reviews this list and adjusts it to reflect changing needs in the state.
The following subjects are currently “critical needs” in Delaware covered by ARTC:
|Art||This is a K-12 certificate, so elementary teachers may also qualify.|
|English Language Arts||Grades 6 to 12 only.|
|World Languages||All world languages, which in the past have included Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Arabic, Latin and American Sign Language. Also a K-12 certification.
NOTE: Native speakers of languages other than English, who have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject, may now qualify to teach their native language through ARTC. Non-US degrees must be appropriately translated (see below), and candidates must meet all other program requirements, including passing the Praxis II (or ACTFL) approved by the state for world language certification in the target language.
|Mathematics||Grades 6 to 12 only.|
|Music||This is a K-12 certification, so elementary teachers may also qualify.|
|Sciences||Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Integrated Science, Middle Level (grades 7-8) Science, Physical Science, Physics.|
|Family & Consumer Sciences||what’s this?|
|Engineering & Technology Education||what’s this?|
|PROGRAMS FOR OTHER CRITICAL NEEDS SUBJECTS
(contact the program coordinators directly)
HOW DO I ESTABLISH ARTC ELIGIBILITY?
You should mail, fax or email your transcripts (unofficial will do) to the ARTC office to confirm eligibility. BE SURE THAT YOUR NAME, PHONE, AND EMAIL ADDRESS ARE WITH YOUR TRANSCRIPT(S). If you are a University of Delaware graduate, please provide your name when you were a student, date of birth and the last 4 digits of your social security number. You will receive an email confirming your eligibility and outlining the next steps to take. You may use this email when applying for teaching positions.
DO NOT have transcripts sent directly from your college or university. Always send them yourself so you can be sure your current name, phone and email address are WITH the transcript. We have a drawer full of wonderful transcripts whose owners we cannot contact.
DO send all your transcripts together, rather than in bits and pieces.
DO NOT use ANY format (like pasting into the body of an e-mail) that turns a 2-page transcript into 60 pages or omits important information like what degree was conferred, when and by whom.
DO scan your transcripts as simple, low-resolution black-and-white DOCUMENTS, not as high-resolution color photos suitable for enlarging to poster size. A pdf or word document works best.
If you have a degree from a foreign university, you must have your transcripts translated into course-by-course U.S. college equivalents before they can be reviewed for ARTC eligibility. There are a variety of organizations that perform this service. Two are the Office of International Education Services (OIES) (phone: 202-296-3359; fax: 202-872-8857), and the World Education Services (WES) (phone: 212-966-6311).