Graduate Students


Graduate Student Information

With almost a dozen graduate programs, the College of Education and Human Development allows our graduate students to attain in-depth knowledge on a wide breadth of topics.

Consistently ranked as one of the top schools for graduate education by US News & World Report, the School of Education at the University of Delaware is a vibrant learning community that prepares graduate students for careers devoted to the solution of our most pressing educational problems — either through basic or applied research.

Our award-winning faculty work closely with students, helping to develop the next generation of scholars for positions as researchers, professors, or leaders in education, early childhood, human development, family studies, human services and related fields.

We host colloquiums, conferences and lunchtime series, providing opportunities to meet with visiting scholars, discuss innovative research with leading experts from around the world, and honing career-building skills through professional development.

Meet our current Ph.D. students in HDFS and School of Education.   

“I came to UD because the Ph.D. program was so inclusive and interdisciplinary. I will be able to combine my interest working with at-risk populations with social psychology, disabilities studies and non-profit administration. I couldn’t find that combination anywhere else.” Christina Woodson, HDFS


Learn How Our Graduate Student are Making a Difference

Hui Yang  and Soumita Basu have been working closely with professors in education, computer science and mathematics to introduce computational thinking to the middle schoolers by coordinating free coding classes at local libraries or community centers. Partners4CS  is funded through an NSF grant to provide opportunities for youth to create culturally relevant code projects.

Amanda Jennings, ’17, PHD in Economics Education, was selected as program coordinator for the newly formed Fontana Financial Literacy Fund at UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, where she will partner with local school districts to develop research-based curriculum in economics. Jennings’ dissertation as awarded UD’s Interdisciplinary Research Prize in 2017.

Emmanuel Caulk, M.I.,’02, superintendent of Fayette County Public School District in Kentucky, has been selected by Education Week as a Leader to Learn From Caulk has spearheaded the implementation of  a successful improvement plan,  focused heavily on fostering broad community support and addressing the needs of students who struggle the most.

Loren Marks, Ph.D HDFS, ’02, is a professor in Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life. His research interests include religion and families, minority families, and family finance. He has authored more than 100 scholarly works including co-authoring two books, Sacred Matters: Religion and Spirituality in Families and Religion and Families.

John Strong, a PhD student specializing in literacy development and learning problems, focuses his research on developing integrated reading and writing interventions for struggling adolescent readers. He plans to design and implement a literacy intervention program in a high-poverty middle school or high school to improve educational outcomes. He is a recipient of the Fontana Family Graduate Tuition Scholarship in Education.


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