Choose a career where you can make a difference
Do you want to be a teacher? Or an advocate for children, families and vulnerable populations? The College of Education and Human Development offers 3 majors and 6 minors to prepare you to serve people in these critical fields.
- Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (birth – age 8)
- Elementary Teacher Education (grades K-8)
- Human Services (all ages and abilities)
If you are interested in teaching a specific subject in grades 7 – 12, please visit UD’s Secondary Teacher Education
- Disability Studies
- Educational Studies
- Educational Technology
- Human Development & Family Studies
- Medical Social Services
- Urban Education
Can’t decide on a major?
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, visit our Why Choose Us? page.
Become a teacher
- B. S. Early Childhood Education and Special Education is designed for students who want to work 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. Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) 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 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 – 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.
Help support children, families and the community
- B. S. Human Services Students in the Human Services program are able to individualize their program of study by selecting one of several concentrations, designed to assist and support people of all ages and abilities. This allows each student to determine the type of service they want to offer, based on their career interests or strengths. Students emerge prepared to manage community-based programs, implement public policies benefiting at-risk populations, assist people with disabilities, oversee health and wellness initiatives, provide early childhood intervention or empower people in any number of fields.
Through intensive coursework and hands-on internships, our graduates also develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate school, where they can become social workers, counselors, work in the judicial system, etc.–making a positive impact on the community.
- 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.
- Educational Studies – students learn about the field of education, including American education, human development, special education and cultural diversity.
- Educational Technology – students receive theoretical grounding and practical experience using technology to improve teaching and learning in real-world situations.
- 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.
- 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.