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Critical Needs Scholarship


Use this link to apply for the Critical Needs Scholarship:


  • Deadlines:

    DHEO anticipates opening the fall 2020 application on January 4, 2021 with a deadline date of 4:30 PM Thursday, February 4, 2021, the link to the online application can be found below once the application opens.

    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).
    • Delaware residency is not required.
    • Recipients can attend any regionally accredited college.
    • Applicants can submit for reimbursement for only one course per term (fall and spring)

    Teacher Shortage Areas in 2020-2021:

    Subject Area Certifications
    Bilingual 1561 Bilingual Teacher
    English Language Learner 1562 Teacher of English Learners
    World Languages 1565 World Language Teacher
    Math 1532 Middle Level Mathematics Teacher
    1542 Secondary Mathematics Teacher
    Science 1533 Middle Level Science Teacher
    1543 Secondary Science Teacher
    Special Education (All Areas) 1570 Early Childhood Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher
    1571 Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities
    1573 Teacher of Students with Autism or with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
    1574 Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    1575 Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
    Business Education 1551 Business Education Teacher
    AgriScience Education 1550 AgriScience Teacher
    Family Consumer Science 1554 Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
    School Nurse 1582 School Nurse
    Library Media Specialist 1580 School Library Media Specialist
    English 1531 Middle Level English Language Arts Teacher
    1540 Secondary English Language Arts Teacher
    Immersion (Elementary/World language)

    1521 Elementary Teachers (only if seeking Immersion position with demonstrated language proficiency)

    Technology Education

    1557 Technology Education Teacher

    Reimbursement Procedures:

    DHEO will review all online applications and if a teacher is eligible for the Critical Need Reimbursement program the appropriate funds will be sent directly to the teacher's district or charter school.

    Reimbursement is made to eligible teachers for up to the cost of one 3 credit course per term (fall and spring) and one registration fee (maximum $30) within program funding limitations.

    For the 2020-2021 academic year the reimbursement amount will be pro-rated to a maximum of $1,300 per eligible course

    Application Procedures

     The fall 2020 application will open on January 4, 2021:


    Once you complete the online application please forward the following documents to [email protected] before the application deadline of 4:30 PM Thursday, February 4, 2021.

    1. Unofficial college transcript showing your name, the course name and the course grade for which reimbursement is being requested.
    2. Itemized tuition statement from your college for the fall 2020 semester showing your name, the name of the course and the tuition and fee for the course for which you are seeking reimbursement.
    3. A copy of your valid Emergency Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility for the critical need area in which you are currently teaching.
Last Modified on October 16, 2020




Please contact Mrs. Karen Maske, HR Secretary, if you have questions.

[email protected]