Below are academic programs, organizations and volunteer opportunities that Elementary Teacher Education majors commonly pursue to grow personally and professionally.

Academic Programs

CEHD Summer Scholars

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offers up to $3,000 to sophomores and juniors who work on research with CEHD faculty in the summer. Information about the social sciences scholars program (including education) is available online. The School of Education faculty are engaged in many research projects and are interested in working with undergraduate students.

Dean’s Scholar Program

Talented and highly motivated students who have clearly defined educational goals can develop individual programs of study under the direction of a faculty committee.

Honors Program

Students can join the Honors program as incoming freshmen or during their college career. For more information about the Honors degree in the Elementary Teacher Education major, contact Liz Pemberton at or 831-4384.

Study Abroad

Information about the School of Education Winter 2014 abroad trip to Hungary and Vienna, Austria is available online. The Institute for Global Studies provides information about this and other study abroad trips.

Undergraduate Research Program

Students can earn academic credit and/or grant money while learning research techniques with a faculty member.

Registered Student Organizations

Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) students often participate in one or more of the education-related organizations listed below. APPLE is the student organization that promotes professional development, outreach, and social networking among ETE students in order to build a strong community. For information on the more than 360 registered student organizations at UD, visit the StUDent Central website.

Volunteer Programs

Alternative Spring Break

This experience enables students to engage in a service learning activity during their spring break.

Blue Hen Ambassadors

Students lead tours for prospective students and their families interested in UD.

College Ambassadors

The College of Education an Human Development Ambassadors support the efforts and commitment of the college through recruitment, outreach, and service including university open houses, college receptions, college committees, and alumni events.

Students must be in a declared major in the college and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to apply.  Applicants must possess solid communication skills, be friendly, enthusiastic, dependable and outgoing, and enjoy meeting new people. To apply to become an ambassador, contact Assistant Dean Kristine Ritz Coll at