Career Communities

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Explore potential careers and develop industry specific skills for success in the Education & Helping Professions Community. The Career Center offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help students succeed. Below is a quick snapshot of relevant industries, career outlook, community specific resources, and related Registered Student Organizations to help direct students along their career path in the Education & Helping Professions Community.

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  • Adult Education
  • Coaching/Athletic Administration
  • College Administration & Student Affairs
  • Counseling (Mental Health; School/Guidance/Career; Marriage/Family; Substance Abuse; Rehabilitation; Crisis; Pastoral; Art/Music Therapy; etc.)
  • Community Services
  • Curriculum Development
  • Education/School Administration
  • Education Advocacy
  • English as a Second Language Teaching
  • Libraries/Information & Media Services
  • Pre-K & K-12 Teaching (Public, Charter & Private/Independent Schools)
  • School Psychology
  • Social & Human Services
  • School Specialists (PT; OT; Speech/Language)
  • Family and Social Services/Social Work
  • Student Services
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Vocational Education
  • Youth Development


Helpful Resources


Job Search Resources/Tools by State


Additional Job Search Resources / Tools


  • AAEE
    Join the American Association for Employment in Education as an Educator Candidate member to become part of a database of candidates available to AAEE school district members, as well as access the job board and other helpful resources.
    A resource for candidates pursuing positions in charter schools nationwide.
  • Council for Exceptional Children
    Click on "Career Center" for job search information (located under the "Professional Development" tab).
    A comprehensive site for those pursuing K-12 teaching, administrative or support jobs.
  • Selected
    Free school matching and career development tools. 1,200+ public/private, PK-12 schools in urban metro areas in the Northeast (NYC, NJ, Philly, DC, Boston) and Los Angeles.
  • K12JobSpot
    Thousands of job postings from schools/school districts across the United States. Free to job seekers.
  • National Public School & School District Locator
    Identify schools, school districts and Federal program information by searching respective databases.
    A helpful employment source for educators.
  • Teach for America
    Teachers commit to teaching for two years in urban or rural schools.
  • Top School Jobs 
    A personal job search tool for educators.

Private/Independent School Information & Placement Services

Opportunities at UD

Typical components of REU applications:


Prepare a good, well-crafted CV or resume. Receive feedback from the Career Center through Drop-In Hours and by uploading your resume for approval on Handshake. For industry-specific feedback, ask a faculty member to review your document.

Suggestion: Every semester, plan on adding at least one bullet point to your CV or resume. Volunteer to do some research even if it is only for an hour per week. Eventually, this will grow and give you content for publications and presentations.

An essay (or a research statement)

If needed for the process, read the position advertisement that you wish to apply for carefully, and identify if they are looking for anything specific in the essay or statement. If no instructions are given, you may consider covering the following:

  1. Why do you want to apply for the position, or what do you wish to accomplish from participating in the research program? (Possible answers: prepare for graduate school, solve scientifically important problems, apply knowledge gained from coursework to solve real-world problems or to gain research experience.)
  2. What prior experience do you have with research? If you haven't participated in research before, include relevant course projects or scientific methods with which you are familiar.
  3. What are your research interests? If you already have research interests, describe them and connect them to topics mentioned in the position description. It is okay to be flexible in describing research interests so that you maximize your chances of getting the position and give yourself an opportunity to learn new things. You may consider seeking advice from a faculty member in your department.

Recommendation letter

Typically students ask course instructors for letters of recommendation. They can speak to your work ethic, but can't always speak to your research experience. To stand out among applicants, volunteer in labs and talk with faculty about your research interests. Once you have some experience, you can ask your research supervisors for letters of support.

NoteFor UD Summer Scholars and Fellows programs, you should contact a professor with whom you want to work to discuss a research topic. You will need a letter from that professor to support your application. You may wish to contact multiple professors to see what opportunities are available.

  • Association of Pre-Professional Leaders in Education (APPLE)
  • Secondary Educators of Tomorrow (SET)
  • Student Association for the Education of Young Children (SAYEC)
  • Academic Support Program Inspiring Renaissance Educators (ASPIRE)
  • Autism Speaks
  • Best Buddies
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Charity Crossing
  • Lori’s Hands
  • Music with Heart
  • Special Olympics

 To find out more about these RSOs and how to get involved, visit Student Central.

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  • Appoquinimink School District (DE)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Child, Inc.
  • City Year
  • Easter Seals
  • Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
  • Howard County Public Schools (MD)
  • State of Delaware
  • Success Academy Charter Schools (NY)
  • Teach for America


  • Login to your Handshake account
  • Choose "Personalize Handshake" at the top of your home screen
  • Choose from 8 different industry focused communities
  • Start learning about jobs, internships, and events that interest you
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The UD Career Center is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.