About the Delaware Center for Teacher Education
The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) strives to be leaders in preparing professionals who develop the competencies, dispositions, leadership skills, and advocacy skills to become effective educators who are committed to improving the lives of individuals in a global society.
The mission of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education is to:
- Prepare pre-service and in-service educators to:
- Use evidence-based practices and research to improve the teaching and learning of PK-12 students
- Support diverse students in diverse settings
- Advocate for historically under-served populations
- Promote the social-emotional development and well-being of learners of all ages
- Promote pathways to teaching for students from diverse backgrounds
- Ensure future educators are placed with high quality mentors
The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) provides support and services for students and faculty in the University of Delaware’s undergraduate and graduate education programs, as well as our Alternative Routes to Certification Program across campus. These services are offered in the Office of Certification and Accreditation, the Office of Clinical Studies and the Alternate Routes of Certification Program.
Office of Clinical Studies
The Office of Clinical Studies (OCS) within the Delaware Center for Teacher Education secures field placements for UD teacher candidates and supports faculty, staff, clinical educators, and school administrators who work with teacher candidates in the field. Through all of our interactions, we emphasize our mutual goal of preparing the next generation of teachers while enhancing the experience of the children and youth served in the sites within which we work.
Office of Certification and Accreditation
The Office of Certification and Accreditation within the Delaware Center for Teacher Education provides support services for students, faculty, and alumni from the educator preparation programs at UD. The staff help individuals learn about the certification requirements in various states and provide students with the institutional recommendation for certification. The staff also work closely with program coordinators on the recognition of their program by national specialty program associations and on the national accreditation of all educator preparation programs at UD.
Alternative Routes to Certification
Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC) offers an alternative to the traditional route to teacher certification in Delaware. Through ARTC, qualified individuals complete certification requirements while they are employed as full-time teachers, through a state-approved program of professional education coursework, accompanied by intensive, school-based supervision and mentoring in lieu of student teaching.