Our Centers & Programs
Our college’s research and service centers provide expertise and services to individuals, organizations and agencies, locally and around the world. Students work with faculty and staff at many of these locations, gaining valuable practical experience – complementing and enhancing their academic studies.
To learn more about each Center, click their program title. To contact the Center, visit our Contact page.
Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
ARTC offers an alternative to the traditional route to teacher certification in Delaware, allowing qualified individuals to complete certification requirements while they are employed as full-time teachers. This state-approved program of professional education course work is accompanied by school-based supervision and mentoring.
ASPIRE supports members of underrepresented groups to University of Delaware degree programs, with an emphasis on preparing students for a teaching careers. Encourages high school students to further their education and provides opportunities for academic and professional development to students pursuing a variety of majors.
Center for Disabilities Studies
CDS works to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service, and research related to disabilities. They promote independence and productivity of individuals and families–by providing and advocating for improved assistive technology, education and career paths, awareness and collaboration.
Center for Research in Education and Social Policy
CRESP conducts rigorous research to help policymakers and practitioners in education, health care and human services determine which policies and programs are most promising to improve outcomes for children, youth, adults and families. By supporting collaborative research, CRESP will broaden the portfolio of policy-relevant research conducted in Delaware, lead multi-state projects and conduct evaluations of existing practices.
Delaware Academy for School Leadership
DASL is a professional development, research and policy center working to improve public education. It serves education leaders throughout their careers and at all levels of the educational system, providing a range of research-based training programs, policy initiatives and consulting services.
Delaware Center for Teacher Education
DCTE strengthens both pre-service and in-service teacher education, improves access for the education community to the University’s teacher education and professional development programs and supports the state’s efforts to enhance teacher education and professional development in line with new state content standards and accountability requirements.
Delaware Education Research and Development Center
DERDC conducts research, evaluation, and policy analysis to support the improvement of education and human services in Delaware and the nation.
Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
DIEEC supports early childhood professionals through professional development experiences that enhance skills, knowledge and career opportunities and support high quality programs. The Institute designs, delivers and coordinates professional development that meets the needs of a diverse workforce, working in a variety of early childhood settings from public schools and early childhood special education to the private business of home-based child care.
Delaware Stars developed a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) used by the state of Delaware to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings. They also provide technical assistance to early child care programs to encourage quality improvement efforts.
Early Learning Center
The ELC in Wilmington and Newark offers quality child care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. In addition, they provide services for families, including assessments, intervention services and parenting education; technical assistance and training for child care providers; a laboratory for faculty and student researchers; and a hands-on learning site for undergraduate and graduate students.
Education Resource Center
Located in Willard Hall, the ERC provides curriculum resources and related services to help prepare and support educators — PreK through college — to meet national and Delaware content and performance standards. Resources include books, curriculum materials, technology equipment and training, and laminating services.
The Lab Preschool provides services to over 60 children ages two to five in an inclusive early education setting. Over 100 UD students per semester receive instruction in early childhood education, research, and human service practices in the school. The Lab School also serves as a research site for faculty conducting investigations in language development, social-personal development, curriculum implementation, and other topics.
National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
The Leadership Consortium works in partnership with major national developmental disability organizations to offer a variety of short-term, intensive leadership development experiences, an on-line certificate program, undergraduate- and graduate-level campus based programs, distance learning opportunities, mentoring opportunities, a resource-rich website as well as research and technical assistance.
New Directions Early Head Start
NDEHS is an interagency program committed to empowering and supporting pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and their families. NDEHS is designed to serve women who are pregnant, and families who have children between the ages of birth and 36 months. Programs at the centers (including the ELC Wilmington) give children with and without disabilities an equal opportunity to learn together. Families must meet income and other eligibility guidelines.
Office of Clinical Studies
OCS partners with local school districts (K-12) to provide UD students with field placements and student teaching. Each year, OCS oversees the placement of 1,600 teacher prep students from across the University, with over 300 teachers at approximately 60 Delaware schools, as well as schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania. OCS also coordinates background checks, health requirements, code of conduct and dispositions as required by each state.
Office of Educational Technology
OET supports instructional and desktop computing across CEHD; provides technological leadership to academic programs and teacher education programs throughout CEHD and across campus; and offers contract- and grant-supported services for technology integration to partners in CEHD initiatives, such as K-12 schools, non-profit groups and government agencies.
The College School
TCS serves students in grades 1-8 who demonstrate learning, attention, mild social/emotional, and/or mild behavioral issues that may impact school success by affording opportunities to acquire academic and social skills similar to those acquired by students in traditional schools to students.
UD’s Professional Development Center for Educators
PDCE meets the needs of the K-12 education community by providing professional development in the core subjects of English language arts, math, science and social studies and instructional approaches (e.g., project-based learning, social learning). The center forms partnerships with teachers to help them meet the challenges of educating all their 21 century learners.