The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) provides support services for students, faculty, and staff in the educator preparation programs at the University of Delaware.


Archived Meeting Minutes

Fall Schedule – All meetings will be in Rm 210, 200 Academy Street, 1:30pm – 3:30 pm.

  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13
  • December 11

Interim Director of DCTE Announced

Effective January 1, 2018, Christine Gorowara will replace Elizabeth Soslau as Interim Director of DCTE. Elizabeth is leaving on sabbatical to focus on her research and writing. A national search for a Director of DCTE has been approved with the expectation to fill the position by July 2018. The search committee includes Naima Hall, Kate Scantlebury, Kristin Ritchey, and Jennifer Carrano.

Farewell to DCTE from Elizabeth

I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to work with such fine professionals during my tenure as the Interim Director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education. As a faculty member in one of UD’s many teacher preparation programs, I never understood the sheer amount of person-power needed to secure high quality field placements, usher thousands of students through federal and state clearances, process institutional recommendations/certifications, manage the quality control data system for accreditation, collaborate with the State on bills and regulations, support career changers as they develop their professional teacher identities, and provide educational resources and technology to equip our candidates with the necessary tools to be successful. While I had the opportunity to build my own skill sets as an administrator, my biggest take-away from the last ten months is to never underestimate the behind-the-scenes efforts that are required to support and propel the quality of our teacher preparation programs. Team DCTE consists of a dedicated group of talented professionals who consistently prioritize the educative needs of our students above all else. Thank you DCTE — for ALL that you do for UD’s twenty-six teacher preparation programs, faculty, staff, and most importantly, our students.

Delaware Association of Colleges of Teacher Education

The Delaware Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (DACTE) hosted six northern Delaware superintendents or their designees on Tuesday, November 14 at a meeting open to participants from all five of DACTE’s member institutions.  Sixteen faculty and staff members from the University of Delaware attended the meeting, which featured Gerald Allen from New Castle County Vo-Tech, Matt Burrows from Appoquinimink, Merv Daugherty from Red Clay Consolidated, Betsy Fleetwood from Colonial, Rick Gregg from Christina, and Gene Montano from Capital.

DACTE asked the superintendents how they wanted to partner with teacher education programs.  The ensuing discussion covered a variety of topics, but the persistent theme was on increasing the pipeline of teachers available for and interested in positions in Delaware schools.

The next DACTE meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Wilmington University Dover Site, 3282 N DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901 (room to be announced), and will feature Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting.  DACTE is also trying to arrange remote access to the meeting for those who cannot attend in person.  All are welcome, and RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated for planning purposes.  Please contact Christine Carrino Gorowara ( for more information.

OCS School District HR Breakfast

The Office of Clinical Studies successfully held its 2nd annual School District HR Breakfast. For this DCTE-sponsored event, five local HR school district leaders and a DOE charter school representative were invited to discuss the collaboration of clinical placements for pre-service teachers and further understand how successful district partnerships strengthen and enhance the quality of clinical placement for UD teacher candidates. The event was a great success and helped to demonstrate the University’s commitment to collaborate and provide school support to our partnering schools and districts. OCS received a unanimous positive response from attendees, so much so, that with much anticipation OCS will now host it very first Southern Delaware School District HR Breakfast in December!

Kappa Delta Pi News

Kappa Delta Pi, UD’s Educational Honors Society, inducted 40 new members on Sunday, December 3rd. KDP’s mission is to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The UD chapter of KDP, Zeta Omicron, has set its 2017-18 focus on professional development. KDP changed its induction period to the fall semester, so that sophomores could be inducted earlier, to participate in these events.


Like June in OKLAHOMA, ARTC is “bustin’ out all over!” welcoming 106 (!) first-year alternate routes teachers.  Delaware schools are relying more in the past two years on ARTC candidates to fill vacancies in a wide range of secondary content areas, but especially in science, math, world languages and special education. ARTC will produce 5 fully certified Library/Media Specialists this December, all of whom have been serving school libraries in New Castle County this past year.


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