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What would you like to major in?

With our wide variety of subject areas, we can help you pursue a career in education, social services, child development, school psychology and community leadership. Learn about our undergraduate majors, minor and graduate programs detailed below:

If you are interested in teaching grades 7 – 12, please visit UD’s Secondary Teacher Education

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You can schedule an appointment with our Student Services unit to help you find an undergraduate major, minor or concentration to fit your anticipated career path.

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Undergraduate Majors

  • The Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) program prepares elementary, middle school, and special education teachers to meet the challenges of educating today’s diverse student population. ETE students are eligible for teacher certification in elementary education and in an area of concentration in one of the following five areas: English as a second language, middle school English, middle school mathematics, middle school science and special education.
  • Associate in Arts (ETE) – Our ETE Associate in Arts degree is offered on our Georgetown campus in southern Delaware. The program is equivalent to the first two years of the Elementary Teacher Education bachelor’s degree, and students who successfully complete their A.A. degree can transition to our Newark campus to complete their B.S. Ed. in Elementary Teacher Education. A.A. students are eligible for the Delaware SEED Scholarship.


  • Educational Studies – students learn about the field of education, including American education, human development, special education and cultural diversity.
  • 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.
  • Educational Technology – students receive theoretical grounding and practical experience using technology to improve teaching and learning in real-world situations.

Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs prepare students for careers devoted to the solution of important educational problems—either through basic or applied research.

  • Ph.D. program candidates work closely with leading scholars in education and gradually develop their own lines of investigation.
  • Ed.D. program students develop knowledge and skills related to the exercise of effective leadership in areas of policy, administration, technology and instruction.
  • Master’s programs allow students to develop knowledge and skills in wide range of academic content areas – not only instruction, but educational technology, school psychology and more.
  • Online Masters in Teacher Leadership is available for current PK-12 teachers who are looking for a convenient and flexible program that will provide them skills to become a coach, mentor and trusted advisor in their school. Courses are offered online in 7-week sessions. The thirty credit program can be completed in two years.


Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Undergraduate Majors

  • B. S. Early Childhood Education and Special Education – designed for students who plan on working with young children in school, child care, or family and institutional settings. Our curriculum, which includes extensive practicum experience with young children, allows students to earn a dual certification in early childhood and early childhood special education. Students learn about children’s typical developmental stages, and the development of young children with disabilities, while putting into practice techniques to educate and support children and families.
  • B. S. Human Services – prepares students for challenging careers with individuals and families through the lifespan. Graduates become leaders in early education, family support, counseling, advocacy, management and the non-profit sector, and law and public policy.


  • Human Development & Family Studies – provides students with an opportunity to explore the topics of child, youth and lifespan development; marriage, parenting and families; interpersonal and mentoring relationships; and change and growth within diverse communities.
  • Medical Social Services – HDFS,  in conjunction with Behavioral Health and Nutrition, created this minor to help students provide assistance to patients and their families to access community, social services and healthcare resources.

Graduate Programs 

  • The M.S. & Ph.D. Programs in Human Development and Family Studies are designed to prepare the next generation of scholars for positions as researchers, professors, or leaders in early childhood, human development, family studies, human services and related fields. The programs emphasize risk and resilience, multi-cultural issues, disabilities, prevention and intervention.

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  • Disability Studies – The most popular minor on campus, students from all majors can learn about the policies, services and systems that support people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. To learn more, you are invited to enjoy this booklet highlighting students in the disability minor program.
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