The Office of Certification and Accreditation provides current information about educator certification requirements for students and faculty and compiles information required to ensure the continued state approval and national accreditation of all educator preparation programs.
The Office of Clinical Studies works with faculty and school districts to secure valuable early field experience placements and student teaching placements for teacher candidates. The office also ensures that candidates have completed their clearances to enter the field.
The Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC) program allows qualified individuals to complete certification requirements while they are employed as full-time teachers, though a state-approved program.
The University Council for Teacher Education (UCTE), a university-wide governing body, has the primary organizing, coordinating, and unifying responsibility for the preparation of teachers and other professional education personnel.
The Education Resource Center (ERC) provides preschool through grade 12 curriculum resources and related services for the preparation and professional development of educators in support of national and Delaware content and performance standards.
Common Core Standards Resources provides links to several websites for professional resources and curriculum resources. The resources are also broken into English Language Arts, Mathematics, Languages, Science, Social Studies and Assessment. There are even Parent Resources available for the Common Core State Standards.
The CDS-DOE ACCESS project provides appropriate instruction and support to all students, including those with significant needs, and provides professional development so educators can meet the instructional needs of all students.
DATI services help people learn about assistive technology options and acquire the devices that can support them at work, school, home and in the community.
Operation Educate the Educator provides resources and information for educators to utilize when educating children with parents in the military.
These are recent resources from the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness that can support culturally and linguistically responsive practices.
The mission of APPLE is to promote professional development, outreach, and social networking among Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) students. Our goal is to build a strong community of ETE students in order to provide additional support for them.
ASPIRE promotes the recruitment, retention and successful graduation of the underrepresented population pursuing a career in education or human services. Social and professional development activities encourage students to forge relationships with professionals in the broader community. Members of the organization are specifically committed to working with pre-college students to support their readiness for college and interest in teacher education as a career pathway.
Autism Speaks U at University of Delaware was founded in 2013 to engage the campus and local community through awareness, education and fundraising, and in doing so, positively affect those struggling with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
UD offers a student chapter of Best Buddies, to foster one-on-one mentoring relationships and leadership development with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
STEER is a community of students who share a common interest in fostering young minds and creating a love of learning. Tutors of STEER travel to two different possible locations in our area and dedicate their time to helping children reach their full academic potential.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in, and recognizes outstanding contributions to, education. Kappa Delta Pi endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members, to quicken professional growth, and honor achievement in educational work.
Membership: Those elected to membership are teacher education majors (from all teaching fields) who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions. Students are invited who have attained at least second semester sophomore status and a 3.25 or better GPA. The completion of at least 20 hours of community service is required.
Advisor: Tory McHugh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Association for the Education of Young Children (SAEYC) and
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
SAEYC and NAEYC provides professional development experiences for members and provide services to, and advocate for, young children birth through age 8 and their families.
Membership: Students preparing for careers serving young children birth through age 8 and their families in schools, early care and education settings, hospitals, and human services.
Student Council on Children with Special Needs (SCCSN)
SCCSN provides students from all majors with the opportunity to plan and deliver activities for students with disabilities, and to have membership in a professional organization that is committed to improving educational outcomes for students with exceptionalities.
- Federal Student Aid
- Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness
- Delaware’s High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program. If you teach in a Delaware high-needs school and/or a high-needs subject area, you can apply for a newly created student loan repayment program. If eligible, you can receive $1000-$2000 in repayments annually for up to 5 years.
- Delaware Department of Education List of Financial Assistance Programs
- Scholarships for Education majors
- Walter Stark Scholar Award
- Cecil County Memorial Scholarship
- TEACH Grant Program. Visit their grants web page for more information
- STEM Teacher Scholarships (middle school math and science)
- Christa McAuliffe Teacher Incentive Program
- Delaware Teacher Corps
- Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship for students at UD pursuing a major and a subsequent career in the field of autism (special education, speech path, etc.)
- Adults with Autism Scholarship for adults with autism spectrum disorder pursuing post-secondary opportunities.
- Autism Certification Scholarship for special education teachers seeking funding to help them pay for classes toward their autism certification.