“I am currently in my second semester at Thomas Jefferson working on my masters in occupational therapy. I am one of the most prepared students in my program. In addition to our coursework, I feel like I was more prepared because of the numerous opportunities Delaware provides for field experience.”Lisa Piranian, Disabilities Minor
Programs and Centers
The College of Education and Human Development offers graduate and undergraduate programs that are innovative, demanding and multidisciplinary.
Our two academic programs emphasize the application of the latest research and knowledge in our fields and fuse classroom learning with experience in authentic settings.
Our Centers integrate service with the research and academic missions of our College, where we create model programs that make a difference in the lives of children and adults locally and around the world. Faculty and staff collaborate with local, national and international organizations, seeking to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Through these living, learning laboratories, UD students gain real-world experiences that help them succeed in their careers.
The School of Education is a nationally recognized and accredited program designed to create confident education professionals. Our renown faculty engage in solution-driven research that is integrated into their students’ curriculum. Beginning their freshman year, our students gain real-world experiences in diverse school settings. Student can obtain an Associate of Arts degree at our Wilmington or Georgetown campuses, a BSED, master’s or doctoral degree at our Newark campus or get a master’s degree online.
Human Development and Family Sciences teaches students to develop programs, services and policies that support young children, individuals and families. Students learn from motivated, diverse and engaged faculty to become inquisitive, reflective critical thinkers, able to solve today’s most complex social issues. Our nationally accredited, interdisciplinary programs empower students to make a difference in the fields of early childhood, human services and human relations.
To attain our College's mission–to educate students, conduct research and serve the community–we oversee a myriad of centers that integrate these three key elements. These centers provides 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. They partner with local and national organizations to identify and address educational and social challenges, providing our students real-world experience in their field.
Our College oversees several learning centers on campus providing high-quality, inclusive education to children ages 6 weeks to eighth grade, taught by UD faculty and staff. The Laboratory Preschool serves over 60 children ages 2-5 in an early education setting. The Early Learning Center has locations in Newark and Wilmington, providing full day childcare to over 200 children. The College School educates children in grades 1-8 with learning differences. These centers provide research and learning opportunities for faculty and students across campus.
Real World Experience
See how our centers advance our College’s mission by advancing education, research and service in the community.
An undergraduate student in CEHD can serve as a student teacher at The College School, support individuals with disabilities at our Center for Disabilities Studies or participate in research at our Laboratory Preschool.
Graduate students can evaluate the results of social policy initiatives in our Center for Research in Education and Social Policy, serve an assistantship the Early Learning Center or conduct liguistics research in the Child’s Play laboratory.
Our Delaware Academy for School Leadership and National Leadership Consortium provide professional development for administrators. And our Center for Disabilities Studies assists individuals with disabilities lead successful, integrated lives.
The Education Resource Center and Professional Development Center for Educators provide training, curriculum materials, books, manipulatives and multi-media tools for educators at UD and in the community.