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Alternative Routes to Certification


The application for coursework taken during fall 2021 and winter 2022 opens on February 1, 2022 with a deadline date of 4:30 PM, February 15, 2022. The link to the online application can be found below. If you are submitting an application for more than one course taken during the fall or winter term, you must submit a separate application for each course.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be full-time employees of a Delaware public or charter school who teach on a valid Emergency Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education and are taking coursework to enable them to achieve Standard Certification.
  • Recipients must complete course with a 2.0 GPA or higher on 4.0 scale (“C” or higher).
  • Recipients can attend any out-of-state regionally accredited college or university, or Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification programs approved by the Delaware Secretary of Education and authorized to operate in Delaware.
  • Applicants can submit for reimbursement for up to 1 of the following per academic year (summer, fall, winter, spring)
  • 2 noncredit-bearing seminars or workshops required for certification
  • 2 credit bearing courses, up to 6 credits in total
  • 1 noncredit-bearing seminar or workshop required for certification and up to 1 three-credit course

Eligible applicants will be reimbursed for a maximum of 2 courses per year (summer, fall, winter, spring)

Reimbursement Procedures:

DHEO will review the online applications to determine eligibility for the Critical Need Reimbursement program, all applicants will be notified of their award status via email.

Reimbursement will be sent directly to the institute of higher education where the educator took eligible coursework after verification of eligibility

For the 2021-2022 academic year the reimbursement amount will be pro-rated up to a maximum of $1,300 per eligible course

Application Procedures

The summer 2021 application will open on September 1, 2021 and close at 4:30 PM on September 15, 2021:

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 combined application will open on February 1, 2022 and close at 4:30 PM on February 15, 2022

Spring 2022 application will open on May 1, 2022 and close at 4:30 PM on May 15, 2022