What would you like to major in?
Are you interested in teaching, education technology, administration or advocacy?
With our wide variety of subject areas, we can help you pursue a career in these fields. Learn about the majors, minors, certificate and graduate programs you could pursue as a student in UD’s College of Education and Human Development. (If you are interested in teaching grades 7 – 12, please visit UD’s Secondary Teacher Education)
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.
To learn more about our programs, see our majors & minors below or visit our Why Choose Us? page.
- 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 the area of their concentration. They choose a concentration in one of the following six areas: English as a second language, middle school English, middle school mathematics, middle school science, middle school social studies, and special education.
- A.A. – Elementary Teacher Education is a degree unique to southern Delaware on our Georgetown campus. Our Associate in Arts degree is equivalent to the first two years of the B.S. Ed. degree in Elementary Teacher Education offered on our Newark campus. Students in this program are eligible for the Delaware SEED Scholarship. Successful completion of this degree allows students to transition to our Newark campus to complete their B.S. Ed. in Elementary Teacher Education.
- 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.
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.
- B. S. Early Childhood Education – designed for students who plan on working with young children in school, child care, or family and institutional settings. Provides students with a strong background in typical development and the development of young children with disabilities, as well as knowledge of curriculum materials and methods and practicum experience with young children.
- 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.
- 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.
Certificate Programs (Each program consists of five 3-credit graduate courses)
- Early Language and Literacy Certificate
- Leadership in Early Childhood & Human Services Certificate
- Parent Education and Family Support Certificate
- Disabilities Studies – learn about the policies, services and systems that support people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.