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Jennifer Naumann, ETE ’99,(2nd from left) is presented with the Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. Also pictured is Ernie Lopez, Ed.D. ’12, (left)

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To see a list of notable awards received by the University of Delaware, visit our UD Rankings webpage.

College Recognition   |    Faculty and Staff Awards   |    Alumni Awards


Our College is nationally recognized.

  • Our School of Education Graduate Program is consistently ranked as one of the top education schools by US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools“. In 2017, we were ranked 32nd in the nation (379 schools granting doctoral degrees were surveyed).
  • Our Mathematics Education Undergraduate Program for Elementary Teachers received the national 2013 Wisniewski Award, given by the Society of Professors of Education for demonstrating “singularly significant contributions to the theory and practice of teacher education.”
  • The Early Learning Center was reaccredited in 2016 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), having met 100% of Criteria by Program Standard. Fewer than 10% of early care and education programs achieve NAEYC accreditation (2011 accreditation article).
  • The Delaware Center for Teacher Education were reaccredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for teacher preparation and advance preparation levels, receiving a special congratulations from the Board who identified “no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards.”

CEHD Faculty and Staff

Our faculty are leaders in their field, not only recognized for their expertise, but also dedicated to supporting our students as they pursue their education.

  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award – Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair, and her long-time collaborator Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University), received this lifetime achievement award in 2017 from the Society for Research in Child Development.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – George Bear, professor, school psychology, was recognized in 2017 by National Association of School Psychologists  for his contributions to research and practice in school psychology, and leadership in the profession.
  • AACTE Margaret B. Lindsay Award – James Hiebert, Robert J. Barkley Professor of Education, received the 2017 Lindsay Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
  • Technology in Reading Research Award– Rachel Karchmer-Klein, associate professor, School of Education, received the 2016 Technology in Reading Research Award from the International Literacy Association’s Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group (TILE-SIG).
  • AAIDD Fellow – Nancy Weiss, director, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, was named a fellow in 2016 by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
  • Fulbright Scholar – Allison Karyn, associate director CRESP, has been selected as a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board  to measure and address food insecurity in the Bahamas.
  • AERA Fellow – Jinfa Cai, professor of mathematical sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Education was named a 2016 fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Early Career Achievement Award – Steven Amendum, DCTE Faculty Scholar, was recognized by the Literacy Research Association in 2015 for making significant contributions to literacy research and education.
  • James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award – Roberta Golinkoff, professor SOE (and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University) were presented this lifetime achievement award by the Association for Psychological Science in 2015.
  • Torch Award – Barbara Settles, HDFS professor, was recognized in 2015 for her decades-long effort to ensure women’s equality at UD.
  • NCFR Fellow – In 2014, the National Council on Family Relations conferred its prestigious fellow status on Bahira S. Trask, HDFS professor, associate chair and graduate coordinator.
  • Senior Scholar – James Hiebert, Robert J. Barkley Professor of Education, was presented the SIG-RME national scholar award in 2015 for significant contributions in mathematics education.
  • Dybwad Humanitarian Award – Nancy Weiss, director of UD’s  National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, was presented the Humanitarian Award by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for significantly promoting human welfare and social reform in ways that positively affect the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Leadership Award – Steven Eidelman received the 2015 AAIDD leadership award for his work advancing the services used by people with disabilities.
  • Excellence in Advising and Mentorship Award
  • Excellence in Teaching Award

See CEHD Award recipients from 2010-2013.

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  • Outstanding Educator Award – Matt Schifano, ARTC, business teacher for Selbyville Middle School, was named 2017 Outstanding Educator by the National Association for Alternative Certification.
  • All-Pro Teacher of the Year Award – Brooks Twilley, STEM teacher at Mount Pleasant High School was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Coatings Systems.


  • Mel Miller Outstanding Social Studies Leader Award – Nicholas Baker, Ed.D. ’09, supervisor of curriculum and instruction at the Colonial School District, was presented this award by the National Social Studies Supervisors Association.
  • National Distinguished Principal Award 2016- Jennifer Nauman, principal at Richard A. Shields Elementary School was selected as Delaware’s outstanding elementary school principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers was awarded to 3-time UD alumnus John Scali, an integrated science teacher at MOT Charter High School in Middletown, Delaware, and Kristin Gray, ETE ’96, a mathematics specialist at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in Lewes.
  • American Chemical Society’s Teacher of the Year (Delaware Award) 2016 – Nader Makarious, Ed.D., a chemistry teacher at Brandywine High School.
  • Delaware BioScience Association Educator of Year 2016 – Melanie Mundell, MI ’09, a biotechnology teacher at Newark Charter High School.
  • Bessie B. Collins Award 2016 – Christy Mannering, HS ’15, was recognized as a UD Woman of Promise, presented to female adult student who is continuing her education, has overcome difficulties, excelled in scholarship, and is giving back to her community.


  • Mel Miller Outstanding Social Studies Leader Award – Rebecca Reed, MA ’00, the social studies supervisor for Red Clay Consolidated School District received this award from the National Social Studies Supervisors Association.
  • Ryan Award – Lamont Browne, Ed.D, CEO Eastside Charter School was presented with this national award for exceptional leadership in closing the achievement gap in urban K-12 schools.
  • Grosvenor Teacher Fellow was bestowed upon Teagan Thomas, ETE ’13, by the National Geographic Society. The award allowed Thomas, a 6th grade science teacher at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy, to travel to the Arctic Sea to research wildlife and climate, develop activities for use in her classroom.
  • Delaware School Psychologist of the Year – Gabi Koury, M’12, a school psychologist in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, was recognized by the Delaware Association of School Psychologists for her commitment to student diversity, community collaboration, demonstrated leadership, and the development of her students’ academic and social skills.


 See more alumni award recipients from 2010-2013.

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Our programs are nationally accredited by:

  • American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL)
  • Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)
  • Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The University of Delaware provides a list of all accreditations received by the university.  

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