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"This is one of the highest quality programs that NCSS reviewers have ever reviewed.”
In 2003 the National Council of Social Studies gave the highest possible rating to the University of Delaware's Secondary Education Social Studies program. NCSS considers the program to be a model for Secondary Education programs nationwide.

Welcome Future Teachers!

UD has a strong commitment to taking our students and moving them to the "head of the class" as tomorrow's teachers. With social science concentrations in History, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, our teacher candidates are well-prepared to enter the workforce. While many of our teacher candidates seek placement within Delaware public and private schools, many also choose to teach in other states across the nation. Still more graduates are taking advantage of their training to teach abroad! Considering this,our program places a strong emphasis on pedagogical strategies that are effective across many demographics of students, as well as exposing our pre-service teachers to both state and national content standards.

As you navigate through our site, please be sure to reference the Frequently Asked Questions page to help you better understand the process and the concentrations of UD's Social Studies Education Program.

Prospective Social Studies Education students enrolled in the Associate in Arts Program & their Faculty advisors, please refer to the AA Advisement page to facilitate your advancement through the coursework.


History Education graduate Kelsey Grant talks about her student teaching experience

For all students planning on graduating in MAY 2016

Student Teaching Applications DUE:  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

Student teacher candidates for the Spring 2016 semester must submit all application documents by February 20, 2015 to the History Department office (236 Munroe Hall).  In addition to your application, you must submit a minimum of five Learning Portfolio entries in a 1-1/2 " binder along with your application. You also must have passed your CORE (formerly PRAXIS I) exam prior to applying. 


1) Submit one copy of the following documents:

  • Student Teaching Application Form (download and type your responses)
  • Student Teacher Information Form (download and type your responses)
  • Program Checksheet (download and fill out) Include all courses taken through spring 2015.
  • UDSIS Degree Audit Report
  • Degree completion form (Senior Checkout) sent to you via email from College of Arts & Science Undergraduate Academic Services Office.
  • Securely clip these documents together

2) Submit a minimum of five Learning Portfolio entries

• Go to http://www.udel.edu/socialstudiesed/portfolio/ for Learning Portfolio instructions.
• Entries must be typed and use the correct template.
• Entries must be submitted in a 1-1/2” 3-ring binder. Use divider tabs to separate each entry.

3) Application documents and the Learning Portfolio binder must be submitted to the History Department Office (236 Munroe Hall) by February 20, 2015. No late applications will be accepted.



New MA program announcement



“4 Plus 1” Social Studies Graduate Program for Future Teachers

The Social Studies Education Program will begin offering an MA “4 Plus 1” option for Social Studies Education and Elementary Education majors. This new program will be offered in conjunction with our current Master of Arts in Social Studies in World History graduate program. Read more about this exciting new program.


UD History Education Alumna Named Delaware State History Teacher of the Year

The Social Studies Education Program at UD congratulates Holly Golder ('04) on receiving this prestigious award. Read more.


Sponsored by

The Middle States Council for the Social Studies

Applications invited from:

Matriculated students pursuing certification in Secondary Social Studies, Citizenship, Social Science Education or in Elementary Education with a minor/concentration in a Social Science content area at a recognized Institution of Higher Education in the Middle Atlantic States area.

Scholarship: $700

Important Tip for all Social Studies Education Students

Important! Be sure to save ALL graded assignments and syllabi throughout your college career--including your courses in the AA Program!