Q: I do not have 30 credits in the content area in which I want to teach; is there any way I can still teach it?
A: We allow exceptions to the “30 credit rule” IF you have at least 24 credits in that content area AND you pass the appropriate Praxis II exam before beginning ARTC. This is something we will inform you of once you submit a statement of interest and we contact you regarding your eligibility.
Q: I was offered a teaching position at a private school; does this “count” for ARTC?
A: Unfortunately, no–unless it is a diocesan school. The CDOW is the only non-public or charter organization that works with the Delaware Department of Education for teacher certification.
Q: I really want to teach elementary school; can I earn elementary certification via ARTC?
A: At this time, ARTC does not offer certification in elementary school. However, we do offer certification (if you are eligible) in Art, Music, and World Language, which are K-12 certifications. Furthermore, MPCP offers dual certification in Special Education and Elementary.
Q: Can I get financial aid or student loans to pay for ARTC courses?
A: Unfortunately, because traditional UD ARTC is not a degree-seeking program, participants are not eligible for financial aid nor student loans. Depending upon the content area you are eligible to teach, you may qualify for the state of Delaware’s Critical Need Reimbursement Program (which covers SOME tuition costs).
Q: If I get hired, will I earn less salary as an ARTC candidate?
A: No, ARTC candidates earn the same salary and benefits as other full-time, highly qualified teachers.
Q: How much will I be paid as a first year teacher?
A: Salaries differ by district, but many district salary scales are publicly available.
Q: Can I be in ARTC and work as a substitute or part-time?
A: No, ARTC candidates must be full-time teachers of a “critical needs” subject.