Centers for Research, Education, & Service

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 the mission of the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development 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.


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 coursework is accompanied by intensive, school-based supervision and mentoring.

This student-run organization supports students from diverse backgrounds, offering them opportunities for networking, leadership and academic support, as they  prepare  for careers as teachers and human service providers.

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.

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.

Center for Research Use in Education
The CRUE collaboration among UD, Univ. of Penn, and Univ. of Minn. formed, designed to examine the study of research use and expand the application of research in schools by identifying strategies to make more meaningful to classroom practice.

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 serves both pre-service and in-service teachers, 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
DIEEC, also known as The Institute, 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. It also oversees the Delaware Stars statewide quality rating for childcare centers and the New Directions Early Head Start program (see below).

Delaware Stars for Early Success
Delaware Stars offers training and support for early child care providers to help them increase the quality of care they provide Delaware’s children, particularly in low-income areas. Delaware Stars developed the five-star Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) used by the State to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings.

Education Resource Center
The ERC, located in Willard Hall, is a resource library that provides 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.

National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
NLCDD trains agency leaders worldwide to create more inclusive environments within their agencies and the community. They 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 provides pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families with quality care and family services through home-based and center-based programs. Low-income families with very young children receive guidance to help them achieve increased self-sufficiency and improve their children’s outcomes.

Office of Clinical Studies
OCS 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.

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 and social studies and instructional approaches (e.g., project-based learning, social learning). The center forms partnerships with educators to help them meet the challenges of educating all their 21 century learners.


UD’s Children’s Campus – located on Wyoming Road in Newark

Early Learning Center
The Early Learning Center offers quality child care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Services for children and their families include: 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.

The ELC is unlike any other childcare facility in the area. It is the place where lifelong learning begins and continues for students of all ages. Each of our 22 classrooms are equipped with observation booths, cameras, and microphones for UD students, researchers, and parents to use during the day. These booths allow for minimal distraction in the classroom while still giving parents the opportunity to see their child’s day first-hand.

Lab School
The Lab School services 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.

The College School (TCS)
This specialized school serves children in grades 1-8 with learning differences, helping them become successful learners. By providing small class sizes and an individualized, highly structured program of instruction, TCS is able to help students narrow the gap between potential and achievement. Curriculum and instruction are developed by UD faculty members, while student teachers and researchers gain valuable insights in the fields of education and human development.