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Centers & Programs Supporting UD and Community

We provide programs and services that benefit our students, faculty, staff, as well as external audiences, such as local school districts, people with disabilities and social service organizations.

Because our mission is to educate students, conduct research and serve the community, work within our centers integrate these three key elements. Students work with faculty and staff at many of these locations, gaining valuable practical experience – complementing and enhancing their academic studies.

Below is a list of all CEHD programs, categorized by their most prominent affiliation. To learn more about the services we provide, visit our Helping the Community page. 


Education – Academic Support and Professional Development

Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC)
Offers an alternative to 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 intensive, school-based supervision and mentoring.

Supports members of underrepresented groups to University of Delaware degree programs, with an emphasis on preparing students for careers as teachers and educators.  Encourages high school students to further their education and provides opportunities for academic and professional development to students pursuing a variety of majors.

Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL)
A professional development, research and policy center working to improve public education. It serves 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 Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
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 school, early childhood special education, to the private business of home-based child care.

National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
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.

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.



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 Education Research and Development Center
Conducts research, evaluation, and policy analysis to  support the improvement of education and human services in Delaware and the nation.


Service – to UD and the community

Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS)
Focuses on improving the quality, quantity, and range of public and private services and supports available in Delaware for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Delaware Stars

Establishes quality standards for early child care programs and provides technical assistance as they engage in quality improvement efforts. Delaware Stars developed a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings.  

Education Resource Center
Located in Willard Hall, this resource library provide educators— PreK through college — with classroom materials, instructional resources and services including maps, games, books, manipulatives, assistive technology, a laminator, smartboard training, and a maker space.

Office of Clinical Studies
Partners with local school districts (PK-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.


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