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School of Education

Elementary Teacher Education

A young girl enjoys a science activity investigating the human brain.

What makes our education program unique?

Our Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) students can prepare for teacher certification in two specialty areas without any additional years of study: elementary education and one of six concentration areas, including English as a second language, middle school English, middle school math, middle school science, middle school social studies, and special education.

Our ETE students engage in field experiences—teaching, tutoring, and mentoring in local schools and community centers—beginning in their freshman year. Diverse field experiences continue throughout their four years, culminating in student teaching.

Our ETE students get jobs. 94% of our ETE graduates are employed as elementary, middle school, or special education teachers after graduation. Others enroll in graduate school or accept other positions in community education and educational technology.

Nicole Mejia

"I was able to take courses for my major while exploring new countries and cultures. I am very grateful to be able to pursue an education at the University of Delaware and I am thankful for all of the incredible opportunities I have been able to participate in." —Nicole Mejia, current ETE student.

Kelly Krajewski, UD elementary teacher education alumna and nominee for the Delaware Teacher of the Year Award, with her first-grade class at Odyssey Charter School. Krajewski will serve as one of the panelists at the UD’s Delaware Teacher of the Year Appreciation Event.
Kelly Krajewski

“I am thankful that UD gave us the opportunity to be dual-certified and to participate in field experiences in schools starting freshman year. I had two very supportive supervisors along the way who went above and beyond to provide us with feedback to strengthen our teaching." —Kelly Krajewski, first-grade teacher at Odyssey Charter School and 2014 ETE alumna.

Alumna Monia Burns at the UD Educational Technology Conference.
Monica Burns

“The great mentors in the School of Education, especially the coaching during my student teaching, were really integral in helping me think about what my career trajectory would look like if I left the classroom. My time at UD helped me think through a variety of roles that an elementary educator can take on." —Monica Burns, Apple Distinguished Educator and 2007 alumna.

Coursework

To prepare for the classroom, our students take general studies, professional studies, and concentration courses.

General Studies courses develop students’ content knowledge in the areas of English, mathematics, science, social sciences, and fine arts.

Professional Studies courses address cultural diversity, human development, literacy, special education, lesson planning, and other areas in education.

Concentration courses allow students to develop additional expertise in one of our six concentration areas. Students pursuing single certification in elementary education will choose a UD minor.

As part of their program requirements, students will also take Praxis Tests and prepare for certification.

Concentrations

In addition to elementary teacher education, our students can choose a concentration, which allows them to prepare for certification in a second area without any additional years of study.

Students can choose English as a second language, middle school English, middle school math, middle school science, middle school social studies, and special education.

These concentrations allow our students to tailor the program to their interests and prepare them to be attractive job candidates. Assistant principals, principals, and superintendents are often looking for teachers who can lead more than one type of classroom.

Field Experiences

Our ETE program is defined by extensive field experiences in real-world educational settings that prepare our students to lead their own classrooms once they graduate.

Our students learn, mentor, and teach in local community centers, boys’ and girls’ clubs, and K–8 classrooms with the guidance of UD professors, field instructors, and clinical educators.

These field experiences begin as early as freshman year so that students can connect what they learn from their university coursework to the community center or K-8 classroom and vice versa.
They continue throughout their degree program, culminating in two semesters of student teaching their senior year.

For those interested in studying abroad, we provide a full semester student teaching in Greece or Grand Cayman.

Did you know? If you teach in a Delaware high-needs school and/or a high-needs subject area, you can apply for Delaware’s High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program. If eligible, you can receive $1000-$2000 in repayments annually for up to 5 years.