Teaching Here

Why Choose Delaware?

Kevin Lair (Delaware '15)
Kevin Lair (Delaware '15)

As a non-native to Delaware, I was immediately impressed with the beauty and sense of opportunity that I found in the state. As a social studies teacher, I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to build relationships with and invite public officials into my classroom. Having the pleasure to teach in a small region where you can make the change you want to see has had a profound influence on my life, my aspirations, and my fight for educational equity.

Christianna Sieverding (Delaware '15)
Christianna Sieverding (Delaware '15)

The best thing about working in Delaware is how close you are to the nexus of change. Because Delaware is such a small state, you have the opportunity to really see the impact you are having on our education system. Our closeness as a community allows you to develop a great network of people, all of whom are as motivated and willing to make change as you are.

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Partner Universities & Program Costs

All corps members teaching in Delaware receive their certification through the Relay Graduate School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Structure

  • Corps members pursue their graduate degree through in-person and online programming.
  • They meet approximately two weeknights per month over the course of each semester for core pedagogy.
  • Content-specific instruction takes place approximately once per month on Saturdays.

Yes, a Master of Arts degree in teaching is awarded after successful completion of the two year program.


Although a Master’s degree is not required for certification in the state of Delaware, it is a requirement for Delaware Teach For America corps members.

Corps members receive their Master of Arts in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education. After scholarships and applicable education awards, out of pocket costs are approximately $6,000 in total over two years.

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $33,000 - $38,000.


Strongly recommended but not required


Relay Graduate School of Education (required two year program)


Two years

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Middle
  • Secondary
  • ELA
  • STEM
  • Special Education

Placement School Locations

Neighborhood Highlight

Lead For Delaware


Lead For Delaware is a school leader certification program approved by the Delaware Secretary of Education in 2015 after a months-long review process incorporating feedback from education practitioners across the state. The program is led by Teach For America-Delaware in partnership with the following universities, organizations, and schools:

  • Harvard University
  • Wilmington University
  • Teach For All
  • Jounce Partners
  • Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Schools To Learn From
  • Delaware Public School districts and schools

More than a dozen current and former school and district leaders serve as instructors for the program’s course modules.

The first cohort of aspiring leaders began the program in the fall of 2015 and will complete their certification in the spring of 2017. Over its first five years, Lead For Delaware will recruit and prepare 25 cage-busting new school leaders for Delaware’s low-income communities. 

Read more about our partnership.

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
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