Major and Minors
Becoming a teacher is a great way to positively influence the next generation and the community around you.
Teachers are driven to challenge themselves as well as their students to become the best they can be. The teacher education programs at the University of Delaware provide high quality preparation using the latest research in preparing tomorrow’s education professionals.
Elementary Teacher Education
The ETE Bachelor of Science degree prepares outstanding elementary, middle school, and special education teachers to meet the challenges of educating today’s diverse student population. This four-year program prepares students for certification to teach elementary education, as well as a second teaching certificate in special education or a middle school content area.
The ETE Honors degree curriculum provides students with the opportunity to engage deeply in the knowledge base and current issues in the field of education through coursework and activities. Students can tailor their program to their interests, and they have the opportunity to develop close relationships with their peers and faculty through courses with small class sizes and research projects with faculty.
The ETE Associate in Arts (AA) degree is equivalent to the first two years of the bachelor of science degree in ETE. This program is offered on UD’s Wilmington and Georgetown, DE campuses, and students may participate in activities through the Newark campus. Eligible students may also qualify for the SEED scholarship.
Interested in teaching early childhood education?
Visit our sister department, Human Development and Family Sciences. Undergraduates can prepare for dual certification, though a blended early childhood and early childhood special education program.
Interested in teaching a specific subject in grades 7 – 12?
Visit UD’s Secondary Teacher Education website. Undergraduates earn a bachelor’s degree in their content area through the disciplinary department, while completing education courses and serving in semester-long field experiences that prepare them to teach.
The School of Education offers three minors for any UD student who is interested in learning more about the field of education.
Educational Studies students learn about the field of education, including American education, human development, special education and cultural diversity.
Educational Technology students learn theoretical grounding and gain practical experience using technology to improve teaching and learning in real-world situations.
Urban Education students explore the cultural and language diversity in high population settings and learn to create educational environments that address the needs of urban school children.
For UD undergraduates interested in a graduate degree, we offer several 4+1 programs. Building upon the strength of our undergraduate education programs, students can begin graduate courses in their junior and senior years, allowing them to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in only 5 years.
- Teaching English as a Second Language students become eligible for teacher certification in English as a Second Language and earn an M.A. in TESL.
- Exceptional Children and Youth students can earn an M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth with one of three concentrations: Autism/Severe Disabilities, Elementary Special Education, or Secondary Special Education.