In addition to linking students with specialized University of Delaware resources, the Delaware Teacher Recruitment Program also provides extensive professional development activities and academic support to ensure program participants have the very best preparation to become future teachers. Services include:
Students are awarded an annual academic scholarship during their program participation. Students may receive up to $8,000 a year in a merit-based scholarship. The scholarship is contingent on students teaching in a high-need school upon graduation. Should students teach at a school which is not designated as a high need school (verification data is available from program staff), the scholarship will revert to a loan and the U.S. Department of Education will commence repayment procedures.
Professional Development Seminars
Students attend monthly seminars. These seminars enhance the instructional skills of the participants and prepare them to enter the teaching professional with a high level of knowledge, skill, and confidence. Sample seminar topics include:
Based on the participants academic major and grade level interest, they are matched with an experienced K-12 Mentor Teacher. The Mentor Teacher will provide individual guidance, and career and professional mentoring. The Mentor Teacher will supervise students during their classroom internship and guide the student through the development and implementation of lesson planning, classroom management, and various instructional strategies. The Mentor Teacher will also introduce the student to the teaching profession and the culture of K-12 education, increasing the studentís adjustment to the field and connection with the school district.
Each student will receive extensive academic advisement and monitoring from the Program Coordinator and Co-Directors. Program staff will assist students in the selection of appropriate courses and monitor their academic progress throughout the semester. Regular academic monitoring will occur to facilitate academic course changes and referrals to the appropriate academic enrichment services.
Students will be introduced to a variety of K-12 and higher education personnel who will assist the student in their academic and career development. Students will have the opportunity to interact with school district personnel officers, principles, teachers, and university faculty and staff who are committed to providing information and resources to facilitate their academic and professional success.
Individual and group tutorial services, study skills workshops, and group study sessions are provided to program participants. These services are designed to help students maximize their academic performance and maintain a high quality grade point average. Based on individual circumstances, students will have an individual academic plan developed for them by program staff. This plan is designed to facilitate their successful completion of their university courses, program internship, and required assignments.