Earning an education from teacher preparation schools that lead to a Delaware teacher license is a unique experience that assures students will learn the necessary skills needed to be effective teachers in schools with diverse needs. The best programs strike a balance between theory, action-based interventions in the community, and the use of technology to effectively assess and address the needs of students. At Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, Wesley College, and Wilmington University, teaching candidates have a wide variety of programs to choose from.
Delaware State University and its Department of Education put transparency front and center in the discussion of accreditation, as their program is currently in compliance with the study by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in the interest of the National Review of Teacher Preparation Programs. This university’s teacher training program already earns high marks with its emphasis on research-based intervention as a form of assessment to plan differentiated learning for individual students a hallmark of today’s goals of national education. The department offers a bachelor’s program for elementary, mid-level (middle school), secondary, and special education. All applicants who can prove Delaware residency are eligible for the Scholar Teacher Education Program (STEP) scholarship program with financial awards for all education degree-seekers at DSU. U.S. News & World Report gives it high marks for this, its affordability, a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a 41% selection rate.
The University of Delaware’s School of Education scores high among other education studies programs, with 2010 honors for its elementary school teaching program and recognition for its autism certification program. Scoring 75th among national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, UD has numerous chances for undergraduates to become research assistants with professors, giving them a unique professional experience. The university’s bachelor’s program in Delaware teacher education is noteworthy because of the ability of students to minor in educational technology and urban education, both of which can provide new teachers with a perspective on present-day pedagogical needs.
Wesley College trains teachers in its education department with a unique constructivist approach, helping students realize their potential to change their circumstances through their actions. Seeing the role of teaching schools in Delaware as a force for social good, Wesley has undergraduate and graduate programs that specialize in middle and secondary education. Ranked #34 by U.S. News & World Report among undergraduate institutions in the Northern region, Wesley has a large population of students who are serious about their studies.
The College of Education at Wilmington University follows the same conceptual framework as the rest of the university, striving to create a community of learners who collaborate with one another and other professionals. Wilmington’s Delaware teacher certification program prides itself on its compliance with a teacher training program that stresses subject mastery for all teachers. Undergraduates interested in early childhood, elementary, or middle school have the chance to earn a B.S. in Education for the purpose of teaching in those educational areas. The real standout aspect of this program is its balance between technology studies, the development of literacy skills, and later-graduate work in teaching English learners, a unique feature in Delaware.