Delaware Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teacher preparation programs in Delaware is intended to provide useful information for anyone looking to obtain a teaching degree in Delaware. There are many teaching schools in the state that prepare aspiring teachers for a long career in the education sector. Scroll down to find a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, lists of top-rated teaching programs, and student reviews. For those just entering the workforce or anyone looking to change careers, this guide to teaching schools in Delaware aims to help you find a program that meets your individual needs.

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Comparison of Delaware Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare the ratings of teacher preparation programs in Delaware according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. The DDOE also provides its own ratings of approved educator preparation institutions based on metrics including pre-service teachers’ academic performance, pass rates on the state’s certification assessments, and first-year teacher preparation ratings from surveys. Each individual certification program at an educator preparation institution is rated separately. A Tier 4 rating indicates programs assessed at the lowest level of performance, while a Tier 1 rating indicates programs assessed at the highest level of performance.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Delaware traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5DDOE Score6Trad. Teacher Prog. Enroll. 7Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers 7Trad. Lic. Exams Pass Rate7Alt. Teacher Prog. Enroll. 7Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers 7Alt. Lic. Exams Pass Rate 7Net Price1
Delaware State UniversityYesTier 110633100%$14,464
Relay Graduate School of EducationNo6918100%N.Av.
University of DelawareYesTier 1, Tier 2, Tier 31,151157100%$19,747
Wesley CollegeYesTier 11710100%$25,549
Wilmington UniversityYesTier 1, Tier 243112997%$14,761

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Delaware

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Delaware (#28 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Delaware (#28 tie)

Select Delaware Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Delaware State University

Delaware State University (DSU) is a historically black university (HBCU) located in Dover. The university offers educational programs through the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Science (CHESS). CHESS is home to the Department of Education which offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The undergraduate majors include Early Childhood Education (3-8 years), Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Level Education (6-8), and Physical Education. Graduate students can choose from degrees such as the Master of Education (MEd) or Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), or the Master of Arts (MA) in Bilingual Education. The MAT degree is open to certified teachers interested in deepening their skills, as a combined (4+1) program for current DSU undergraduate students, or as an alternative route to certification for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a high-needs area.

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware (UD) is a tier-one research university located in Newark. The university is home to the UD College of Education & Human Development (CEHD), which offers traditional and alternative pathways to teacher certification. At the undergraduate level, an Associate of Arts (AA) in Elementary Teacher Education, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Teacher Education, and various Bachelor of Arts (BA) and BS degrees in secondary school teaching areas, such as English and Math, are available. Degree programs at the graduate level include a Master of Science (MS) in STEM Education and a Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Some programs offer online or hybrid options in addition to on-campus classes. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in an area of critical need may be eligible for the Alternative Route to Certification (ARTC) program, which enables qualified individuals to work as teachers while concurrently completing a graduate degree in education.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Delaware Technical and Community College-Terry
100 Campus Dr
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 857-1000

University of Delaware*
104 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2000

Wilmington University*
320 Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720
(877) 967-5464

Student Reviews

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University of Delaware
104 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2000

Student Review: “I was initially drawn to the University of Delaware because of the beautiful campus, but there is certainly substance behind those looks. Delaware is a fairly large state school but I was never overwhelmed by the size, and as I meet people the campus quickly “shrinks”. Delaware utilizes a unique 4-1-4 academic calendar that allowed me to take extra credits between semesters, which helped me catch up with my major. I am involved with Greek life, along with 20% of the student body, and there are hundreds of registered student organizations, so getting involved in campus life is easy. The food in the dining hall was not great when I was a freshman, but the University recently overhauled its dining program to provide higher-quality meals. Additionally, many of my friends lived in outdated dorms, but the school is in the process of modernizing student living.” -Aaron S., student at the University of Delaware

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. Delaware Department of Education: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/398
7. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx