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School Nurses and Psychologists

Licensure

Individuals wishing to become employed as school nurses in a Delaware public school must be licensed by both the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation (see Regulation 1580 School Nurse). Individuals wishing to become employed as school psychologists in a Delaware public school must be credentialed by the Delaware Department of Education as well as by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, the National School Psychology Certification Board, OR another U.S. state (in which case the individual must hold a valid certificate in school psychology) (see Regulation 1577 School Psychologist). Candidates for nurse or psychologist licensure/certification by the Department of Education will be required to furnish a copy of licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation (or other approved body in the case of school psychologist candidates (see above)) as part of the Department of Education's application process. Candidates for school nurse will also need to provide a copy of verification of current CPR training. To find out more about the requirements for licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, please call (302) 744-4500 or visit the Division’s website.

Using the Website

For purposes of this website, individuals who are applying for, or already possess, school nurse or psychologist licensure/certification by the Delaware Department of Education will be referred to as ‘educators’ and should identify themselves as such when navigating the site. Thus, the information on the site regarding the structure of the licensure/certification system, testing requirements, and the application process itself is applicable to school nurses and psychologists.

National Certification

School nurses and psychologists employed in Delaware public or charter schools may be eligible for Department of Education-approved salary increases as a result of having attained national certification through the National Board for Certification of School Nurses or the National Association of School Psychologists/National School Psychology Certification Board. Individuals who wish to learn more should contact their district or charter school personnel office.

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School Counselors and Social Workers

Licensure

Individuals wishing to become employed as school counselors or social workers in a Delaware public school must hold licensure/certification by the Delaware Department of Education. Such individuals may hold licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation. However, such licensure is not a requirement for school counselor or social worker licensure/certification by the Delaware Department of Education and does not have to be submitted as part of the application process.

Using the Website

For purposes of this website, individuals who are applying for, or already possess, school counselor or social worker licensure/certification by the Delaware Department of Education will be referred to as ‘educators’ and should identify themselves as such when navigating the site. Thus, the information on the site regarding the structure of the licensure/certification system, testing requirements, and the application process itself is applicable to school counselors and social workers.

National Certification

School counselors employed in Delaware public or charter schools may be eligible for Department of Education-approved salary increases as a result of having attained national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and/or through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Individuals who wish to learn more about the benefits of national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards should click here. Individuals who wish to learn how Delaware honors certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors should contact Joanne Miro, Education Associate at the Department, at (302) 739-2767. Interested parties can also visit the National Board for Certified Counselors website for more general information.

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Occupational and Physical Therapists, Audiologists, and Speech-Language Pathologists

Licensure

Individuals interested in working in a Delaware public school as an occupational therapist, physical therapist, audiologist, or speech-language pathologist are not licensed/certified through the Delaware Department of Education. However, in order to be employed in a Delaware public or charter school, such individuals must hold licensure through the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation. Candidates will be required to furnish documentation of such licensure to the district or charter school as part of the hiring process. To find out more about the requirements for licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, please call (302) 744-4500 or visit the Division’s website.

National Certification

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists employed in Delaware public or charter schools may be eligible for Department of Education-approved pay increases based on having attained national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Individuals who wish to learn more should contact their district or charter school personnel office.

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Music Therapists

Licensure

Individuals who wish to become employed as music therapists in a Delaware public school should contact the hiring district or charter school to determine the position/licensure requirements.

National Certification

Music therapists employed in Delaware public or charter schools may be eligible for Department of Education-approved pay increases based on having attained national certification from the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Individuals who wish to learn more should contact their district or charter school personnel office.

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