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At this time the Delaware Department of Education has a moratorium on candidate support for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. Those wishing to seek this certification should go to NBPTS and review what the requirements for their specific certificate area. Please be advised that anyone achieving certification at this time is not eligible for the state stipend, but would be issued an Advanced License. In the event that the stipend is reinstated in the future, the start date would not be retroactive but would begin for the year of the stipend reactivation.

A list of Delaware National Board Certified Teachers can be found under "resources", then "directory" here. If the candidate is certified in another state, you would need to check that state's NBCTs.

Renewal of Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Holders of National Board Certification may renew their certification by completing the National Board’s renewal process (see NBPTS/renewal). Candidates who successfully renew their National Board Certification will receive renewed advanced licenses through the State of Delaware upon the expiration of their current Delaware advanced licenses. No state funding is available for renewal. Subject to annual appropriations, the candidates that successfully renew, will continue to recieve the 12% stipend.

Holders of National Board Certification who wish to do so must renew prior to the expiration of their National Board Certification. Educators have two years in which to complete the renewal process, and are encouraged to submit their work during the first year of eligibility so as to allow themselves two attempts to renew (should they not succeed in the first attempt). Educators who fail to renew during the two year period may choose to go through the National Board Certification process again. These educators will be placed on continuing licenses (and have to meet the requirements of continuing licensure—see clock hours) in the interim.

Educators who opt not to renew their National Board certification will also be placed on continuing licenses and begin their ninety clock hours (see clock hours).

For Nationally Board Certified Teachers New to the State of Delaware

Provided that he or she meets all licensure requirements, an educator who holds current National Board Certification will receive an advanced license (see advanced) upon applying for licensure/certification in the State of Delaware. This license will be valid for the duration of the educator’s National Board Certification (up to ten years). Such educators should follow the same process as other first-time applicants for Delaware licensure/certification, the only exception being that they will submit copies of their National Board Certificates with their other documentation (see documentation guidelines). Subject to annual appropriations, the candidates that successfully renew, will continue to receive the 12% stipend beginning with their initial employment in Delaware through the expiration date of the National Board certificate. These teachers may renew in the same manner as Delaware candidates (see above)

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School nurses, psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and music therapists AS WELL AS school counselors holding or interested in certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NOT the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) should click here.

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